Chesapeake Energy Corp.
explained a potential reason for the latest big drop for its beleaguered stock late Tuesday, sending shares higher in late trading. In a news release, the company announced that NGP Energy Capital Management LLC, distributed its 310.8 million shares to the partners of investment funds that NGP manages before the market opened Tuesday. According to FactSet, the 310.8 million shares is the largest stake held in the company at 15.9%, though it lists the owner by a slightly different name, Natural Gas Partners LLC. “Chesapeake continues to strongly believe our current capital and operating program, coupled with the planned 30% reduction in capital expenditures in 2020, will strengthen the financial position of the company for the long term,” Chief Executive Doug Lawler said in Tuesday’s announcement. Chesapeake shares fell to their lowest prices in more than 25 years on Tuesday, continuing a losing streak that has destroyed its valuation. In late trading, Chesapeake shares gained 7.3% after the announcement.