Magnum Hunter Emerges from Bankruptcy with CEO Gary Evans Gone

Gary Evans
Gary Evans

UPDATE 5/11/16 – See additional details below from SNL.

Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (MHR), a driller focused almost entirely on the Marcellus/Utica, announced yesterday the company has emerged from bankruptcy–less than five months after filing (see Sad Day: Magnum Hunter Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy). We suppose we should have seen this coming, but we were nonetheless surprised to read that MHR CEO Gary Evans is gone from the company. Currently two of Evans’ lieutenants will serve as co-CEOs while the new board of directors looks for a permanent replacement for Evans. Interestingly (to us), Evans’ name isn’t even mentioned in the press release–as if he never existed. That’s cold. MHR achieved their restructuring by converting what was $1 billion worth of debt into shares of stock, thereby screwing the old shareholders in favor of debtholders (see Magnum Hunter Investors Burned in Bankruptcy Restructuring Plan). Just wave the magic wand and turn debt into equity. Quite a feat. Here’s the announcement from the new bosses (i.e. the new board)…

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