Petrohawk Ex-CEO Leads $550 Million Purchase of Ram Stake

Former Petrohawk Energy Corp. head Floyd C. Wilson will become the chief executive officer of Ram Energy Resources Inc. after leading a $550 million purchase of a majority stake in the oil and natural-gas producer. Ram shares surged.

Wilson’s Halcon Resources LLC will buy $275 million of new shares, a $275 million note convertible to common stock and get warrants to buy another 110 million shares, G. Les Austin, Ram’s chief financial officer, said in an interview today. The deal is expected to close next quarter, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Ram said in a statement today.

Ram shares rose 83 percent to close at $2:01 in New York, its highest since May 26, 2004. Before today, Ram fell 40 percent this year.

Wilson left Petrohawk after the $12.1 billion sale of the Houston-based company to BHP Billiton Ltd. in August. Ram said it will use the Halcon investment to accelerate drilling in the Mississippian oil play in Oklahoma. Halcon will get about 74 percent of Ram’s outstanding shares and the company’s name will change to Halcon Resources Corp.

“Floyd Wilson has an outstanding track record of successfully growing small-cap exploration and production companies such as Ram into value-rich large-cap enterprises,” Larry E. Lee, Ram co-founder and its current chairman and chief executive officer, said in today’s statement.

EnCap Investments LP, Liberty Holdings LLC and Mansefeldt Investment Corp. joined closely held Halcon in the investment, Ram said. Mitchell Energy Advisors represented Halcon and Jefferies & Co. advised Ram.

Jefferies was Ram’s largest shareholder with a 22 percent stake as of Sept. 30, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Lee owned about 13 percent as of a Dec. 15 filing.

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