Antero Midstream Launches IPO – Hopes to Raise $930M

We should have known. Last week MDN brought you the news that former MarkWest chief John Mollenkopf has just joined the board at Antero Midstream (see Former MarkWest Chief John Mollenkopf Joins Board of Antero Midstream). Mollenkopf helped architect the December 2015 Marathon Petroleum buyout of MarkWest. After the buyout, Mollenkopf was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for the new MarkWest unit–the guy running it. In August 2016, Marathon announced that Mollenkopf would ride off into the sunset as a very rich man (i.e. retiring), and that Gregory Floerke would take the reigns (see Senior Management Change at Marathon’s MarkWest Subsidiary). Last week we noted that Mollenkopf had joined the board of Antero Midstream (see Former MarkWest Chief John Mollenkopf Joins Board of Antero Midstream). Which makes sense. In February, Antero formed a joint venture with MarkWest in West Virginia (see Antero Forms JV with MarkWest to Service Combined 360K WV Acres). Mollenkopf has uncanny timing–turning up when there are “significant liquidity events.” So we should have known that Antero Midstream was about to launch an initial public offering. Yesterday, Antero Midstream announced an IPO of 37.2 million shares of stock, hoping to raise more than $900 million…

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