Midstates Petroleum Said to Explore Possible Sale With Banks

Midstates Petroleum Co. (MPO), a Texas energy company backed by First Reserve Corp., is exploring a sale, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Midstates, which has an enterprise value of $2.1 billion, is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley to solicit offers, said the people who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The company has a market value of about $418 million, and total debt of more than $1.7 billion at the end of March, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Midsates shares rose 11 percent to $5.97 apiece at 12:49 p.m. in New York today. Through yesterday’s close, the shares were down by more than 63 percent over two years.

The Houston-based company’s Chief Executive Officer John Crum resigned in March, and was replaced by interim CEO Peter Hill. The company, which explores for oil and gas in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, reported this month a net loss of about $84 million in the first-quarter.

Spokesmen for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Midstates declined to comment.

First Reserve, a private-equity fund that focuses on the energy sector, owns 38 percent of Midstates, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

U.S. oil and gas dealmaking is up 23 percent so far this year, to $27.3 billion in announced deals, as large exploration companies such as Apache Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. shed unwanted swathes of land, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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