Chesapeake’s Largest Shareholder Urges Board to Consider NAV-Based Sale

Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s largest shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management Inc., on Monday urged CEO Aubrey McClendon and the board of directors “to be open to any offers to acquire the whole company.”

May 8, 2012

Industry Brief

Canadian 88 Energy Corp. said it has opened data rooms to allowpotential acquirers access to confidential information. TheCanadian exploration and production company put itself up for salein October after Duke Energy rescued it by buying a controllingstake. On Oct. 10, the company announced that its board hadestablished a special committee to review strategic alternativesand identify opportunities to enhance shareholder value. The boardsaid strong fundamentals for high quality natural gas assets andprospects are not reflected in current stock price valuations andare more likely to be realized through such a strategic reviewprocess. Canadian 88 stated several reasons for initiating thereview process, including high gas prices, large working interestsin significant company-operated gas fields, an inventory ofexcellent gas exploration prospects, the world class potential ofthe company’s East Coast holdings, imminent expiration of currentgas hedges and tax pools in excess of $400 million.

November 29, 2000