Since he took the reins of SandRidge in 2006, now-departed chairman and CEO Tom Ward presided over a dramatic-–and tumultuous–-transformation of the company. He doubled the firm's gas-oriented leasehold in late 2006 and subsequently jump-started exploration Read more
SandRidge has come a long way since its near-collapse in 2008. It has successfully transitioned its asset base from gas to liquids and established itself as a leading operator in one of the more scalable oily plays in the U.S.
SandRidge operates with a bit of a contrarian streak, choosing to focus on conventional drilling opportunities instead of unconventional assets like shale.
SandRidge's inventory should support a decade or more of incrementally profitable growth, even at lower oil and gas prices, in part because of an aggressive hedging program. Read more
SandRidge has gotten into trouble in the past as a result of too much debt, and despite recent improvements in its financial position, the firm's aggressive development plans point to continued balance sheet tightness over the next several years.
For all its promise, the horizontal Mississippian is still in the early stages of development.
SandRidge's reliance on vehicles such as trusts stems from its overleveraged balance sheet and, in our opinion, should be considered a form of debt that's less transparent than traditional financing. Read more
SandRidge is led by president and CEO James Bennett, who took over for Tom Ward after Ward's forced departure in June. Bennett has served as president and CFO since March 2013 and executive vice president and CFO since January 2011. From 2010 until Read more
Based in Oklahoma City, SandRidge is an independent oil and natural gas company whose operations focus on liquids-rich carbonate plays in the Mid-Continent region of the Read more
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