Alta Mesa Resources, Alta Mesa Holdings file voluntary bankruptcy petition
Alta Mesa Resources, Alta Mesa Holdings, Alta Mesa Finance Services Corp., Alta Mesa Services and Oklahoma Energy Acquisitions announced that they have filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Companies' midstream platform, Kingfisher Midstream, LLC and its subsidiaries are not debtors and are not part of the Chapter 11 reorganization process. Jim Hackett, Executive Chairman of Alta Mesa Resources, commented "We believe that the Chapter 11 process provides the best pathway for Alta Mesa Resources and Alta Mesa Holdings to restructure their respective balance sheets and to regain the financial flexibility necessary to develop their large position in the STACK in a manner that will maximize value for all their stakeholders." Despite considerable progress in reducing costs and improving well results, the Companies continue to operate against a historically challenging commodity price environment and a capital market that is highly constrained for energy companies. Ultimately, these factors made bankruptcy protection the best option for the Companies as they continue production operations while negotiating with their lenders.