Seventy Seven Energy Hires Turnaround Expert, Hopes to Stay Afloat

Seventy Seven Energy, an oilfield services company with major operations in the northeast, is the old Chesapeake Oilfield Operating division of Chesapeake–spun off into its own company on July 1, 2014. It’s very first quarterly income statement, issued in August 2014, was the first and last time the company actually cleared a profit (see Seventy Seven Energy’s 1st Quarterly Update: Revenue Down 6%). Since that time, quarter after quarter the company has lost money. One of the challenges faced by Seventy Seven is that its main customer was and continues to be Chesapeake Energy. As of the third quarter 2015, Chesapeake provided Seventy Seven with 58% of its revenue, down from a previous 64% (see Seventy Seven Energy 3Q15: Still Losing Money, But Not as Much). As we said at the time, “You can’t stay in business long with multi-million dollar losses quarter after quarter.” Indeed. Seventy Seven announced yesterday they’ve retained the services of Lazard Freres–an international financial advisory and asset management firm. One of Lazard’s talents is in helping companies “restructure” and/or find a buyer. Here’s what Seventy Seven said yesterday…

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