Chesapeake Energy Out of Bankruptcy Danger, Hedges for 2017

In a rare sit-down interview, Chesapeake Energy’s CEO, Doug “the ax” Lawler told reporters the company is stable, strong and growing, and that is will not need to file for bankruptcy, as many had predicted would happen. Through hard work (and axing thousands of employees) Chesapeake has managed to cut an astonishing $10.9 billion worth of debt and leverage from its balance sheet. Hats off to Lawler. Total debt for the company has gone from $21 billion to $9 billion. At its height, Chessy employed 13,000 people. Today? Just 3,500 people. Hence our moniker for Lawler of “the ax” (see Chesapeake’s Doug Lawler Gave Himself a Raise After Firing 1,500+). As part of the “new” Chesapeake, the company recently dumped its old logo and replaced it with a butt-ugly new logo (see Chesapeake Energy Gets New Logo – Dumps Blue NatGas Flame). Chessy plans to stay out of the bankruptcy woods. They’ve cut deals to sell 2017 estimated production at pre-arranged prices (called hedging). Chesapeake has hedged 63% of its estimated 2017 natural gas production for a sale price of $3.07 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf). They’ve hedge 50% of their estimated oil production at $49.68 per barrel. Here’s an update on Chesapeake Energy’s exit from bankruptcy woods…

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