Magnum Hunter Investors Burned in Bankruptcy Restructuring Plan

mhrReuters has written a wide ranging article on Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) and the results of bankruptcy. The article implies MHR is nearly out of bankruptcy now (although it looks to us like a hearing in June will likely be the grande finale). The deal that MHR cut with debtors was to turn their debt into equity–note and bond holders are now stockholders. So MHR CEO Gary Evans now has a new board of directors composed of the new owners of the company. The problem is, the investors who used to hold stock in the company before bankruptcy have essentially lost their ownership–with the value of their previously issued stock now worthless. At least that’s our understanding of how this works (we’re open to being corrected on this). The Reuters article does a close-up of Gary Evans and recounts how he assured investors that a major asset sale was in the works that would save the company–shortly before he had the company file for bankruptcy. Some investors are not very happy with Mr. Evans over what they consider a deceptive practice…

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