Mammoth Energy Wanders into Non-Shale Work in Puerto Rico

Oilfield services company (OFS) Mammoth Energy Services, headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, operates in both the Utica Shale and Permian Basin. Last time we checked in on the company was over a year ago. At that time MDN reported that Mammoth, a relatively new company formed in 2014, had bought itself a pair of sand mines (see OFS Mammoth Energy Buys Second Sand Co. to Keep on Frackin’). But something happened last year that escaped our notice. Mammoth is not only in the OFS line of work, they also do electrical transmission and distribution (“T&D”) work. Following last year’s disaster when Hurricane Maria devastated the Puerto Rico, Mammoth was hired to help rebuild the electric utility infrastructure on the island. The way we were alerted to Mammoth’s extracurricular activity in Puerto Rico was in spotting a Seeking Alpha investor article. The article (below) takes the approach that Mammoth’s stock value is overinflated by 50% due to the contract they have in Puerto Rico. The author says, rightly, that Mammoth is mainly an OFS company. He thinks when the Puerto Rico work is done, the underlying “weak” OFS customer base won’t be enough to keep Mammoth profitable. We don’t necessarily agree with his views about the company (although it wouldn’t hurt our feelings if Mammoth shed its T&D business). The author is an investor and is “short” on Mammoth, meaning he owns securities that bet on the price of Mammoth’s stock going down. The reason we bring you the following article is because it contains a lot of information about Mammoth–a still small but rapidly growing, and increasingly important, OFS company operating in our region…

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