Activist Investor Threatens Magnum Hunter with Takeover Unless…

Dallas Salazar
Dallas Salazar

We’re still trying to process this bit of news. One of the Seeking Alpha blog writers we’ve enjoyed following over the past year or so is Dallas Salazar. Dallas is the CEO of Austin, TX-­based Atlas Consulting. He specializes in “private company lifecycle management, up to and including taking companies public, and in helping consult publicly traded companies ranging in market cap from $100 million to $500 million.” That is, Salazar helps companies raise money to go public, and helps public companies get profitable. He’s just stepped up his game. Salazar said in a letter to Gary Evans (CEO) and the board at Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) two days ago that he, Salazar, is close to having enough shareholder support to take over the company–unless. Unless what? Unless MHR responds to his demands, which include selling Eureka Hunter posthaste, stop doing some of the things they are now doing that put the company at financial risk, and unless they start talking to him, now. Some might view it as a form of blackmail. Some might say Dallas is transforming himself into a corporate raider, like Carl Ichan. Many call it being an “activist investor.” We’re not sure what to call it or think of it, quite frankly…

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