(July 6, 2020)
On June 28, 2020, shale and gas leader Chesapeake Energy filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to a press release from the company, filing for bankruptcy was “not an easy decision, but it was a necessary one.”
Chesapeake Energy explained its reasoning for filing for chapter 11 protection is due to its debts of $9 billion. The filing occurred in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Texas with the company listing assets and liabilities ranging between $10 billion and $50 billion and more than 100,000 creditors.
The oil and gas company has also entered into an agreement with lenders to cut $7 billion of its debt and announced it plans to continue to operate as usual during the bankruptcy process.
In its press release, Chesapeake Energy states, “We have secured $925 million in debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing from certain lenders under Chesapeake’s revolving credit facility, which will be available upon Court approval. The financing package provides Chesapeake the capital necessary to fund its operations during the Court-supervised Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings.”