Fairmount Santrol Buys Back $213M of Debt, Issues $175M in New Stock

Fairmount Santrol logoFairmount Santrol, an Ohio-based sand producer that sells sand as a proppant for use in Utica and Marcellus Shale drilling, raised $161 million from a new stock offering in August (see Fairmount Santrol’s New Stock Offering Exceeds Expectations). Like most companies in the oil and gas industry, Fairmount continues various strategies to strengthen its balance sheet and (frankly) stay afloat. Evidence: On Tuesday of this week the company announced it had repurchased $213 million of outstanding loans to the company. The company has enough credit and/or cash on hand to do so, and by doing so, they will save nearly $10 million a year in interest payments. Good for them! Two days later (yesterday) Fairmount Santrol then announced another new stock offering–floating 20 million shares looking for another $175 million. However, someone else is selling the stock and Fairmount won’t see a dime of the money raised…

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