Ultra Petroleum (with 184K Marcellus Acres) Files for Bankruptcy

Ultra PetroleumUltra Petroleum, based in Houston, TX, is an independent exploration and production (E&P) company mainly focused on drilling in the Green River Basin of Wyoming. Ultra also drills for oil in the Uinta Basin/Three Rivers area in Utah. In addition, Ultra maintains a position in the Pennsylvania Marcellus shale with leases on 184,000 gross (91,000 net) acres–no small amount. They aren’t currently drilling on their Marcellus acreage, but if prices change, they likely would. That is, if they make it through bankruptcy. On Friday Ultra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Houston. The company listed $1.28 billion in assets and $3.92 billion in debt. One (we would say stupid) investor owns a whopping $1.46 billion in unsecured IOUs (i.e. notes) from Ultra. Good luck with getting that paid. Here’s the low down on Ultra’s bankruptcy filing…

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