RAM Energy Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAM) today announced that it has reached agreement with Halcon Resources, LLC, a newly-formed company led by Floyd C. Wilson, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Petrohawk Energy Corporation, for a transformational capital investment in RAM. The investment is comprised of $275 million in new common stock, a $275 million five-year convertible note, and warrants for the purchase of an additional 110 million shares of common stock. A majority of RAM’s current shareholders have agreed to approve the transactions contemplated by the agreement through action by written consent of stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012. Larry E. Lee, co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RAM commented, “We view this as a tremendous opportunity for RAM and its shareholders. Floyd Wilson has an outstanding track record of successfully growing small cap E&P companies, such as RAM, into value-rich large cap enterprises, as demonstrated by his recent sale of Petrohawk to BHP Billiton for $15 billion. This investment will provide the Company with the capital necessary to expand operations into new and emerging resource plays, as well as accelerate development of our Mississippian oil concession in Osage County, Oklahoma. It will also allow for the continued development of our major oil fields in Oklahoma and Texas. Floyd and his team will lead the company as it expands in size and scope following the closing of this transaction.” Mr. Wilson will become the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RAM immediately following the closing of the transaction, and the Company’s name will change to Halcon Resources Corporation. Floyd C. Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Halcon Resources, LLC stated, “We believe RAM provides a solid platform that when combined with this capital investment will enable the Company to quickly add reserves and production by targeting and drilling in liquids rich gas condensate and crude oil prone resource plays in the United States. We intend to draw upon our extensive experience and lessons learned from our past endeavors in an effort to maximize shareholder value.”
RAM Energy Resources (Nasdaq:RAM) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $3.59, above its previous 52-week high of $3.45 with 459,888 shares traded as of 9:40 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.3 million shares over the past 30 days.
RAM Energy Resources (Nasdaq:RAM) is trading at unusually high volume Tuesday with 4.9 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 5.5 times its average daily volume and trading down 8 cents (-2.6%).