Mammoth Energy Announces Submission of Certified Claim to the Federal Emergency Management Agency
OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUSK) (“Mammoth” or the “Company”) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions LLC (“Cobra”) has submitted a certified claim for approximately $379 million to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) pursuant to the federal Contract Disputes Act.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, Puerto Rico was without electricity, and the entire Island was declared a federal disaster zone. There was an urgent need to restore power to the Island as quickly as possible, but few companies had the ability to mobilize immediately to an island, particularly one that had just been devastated. Additionally, many companies were reticent about contracting with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (“PREPA”), which had declared bankruptcy earlier in 2017. Nevertheless, Cobra agreed to mobilize immediately and restore the power grid in Puerto Rico based on assurances from the highest levels of FEMA that it would be paid for its work. Despite having successfully undertaken that Herculean task, and despite spending years attempting to work with FEMA and PREPA to collect this debt, more than five years after Hurricane Maria hit, Cobra still has not been paid over $379 million that it is owed. Cobra is hopeful that FEMA will agree to pay this claim, but Cobra is prepared to exercise its appellate rights, including seeking judicial review, if FEMA refuses to honor its commitment.
Arty Straehla, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Despite multiple affirmations of our work by FEMA itself, we remain unpaid for work we completed in Puerto Rico over three years ago. Our team answered FEMA’s call for assistance when it was needed, and we deserve to be paid for the work we did.”
Cobra is represented in this proceeding by Abbe Lowell and Christopher Man from Winston & Strawn LLP.
Mammoth Energy Services, Inc.
Mammoth is an integrated, growth-oriented energy services company focused on the construction and repair of the electric grid for private utilities, public investor-owned utilities and co-operative utilities through its infrastructure services businesses. The Company also provides products and services to enable the exploration and development of North American onshore unconventional oil and natural gas reserves. Mammoth’s suite of services and products include: infrastructure services, well completion services, natural sand and proppant services, drilling services and other energy services. For more information, please visit www.mammothenergy.com.
Mark Layton, Chief Financial Officer
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Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: any continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, related global and national health concerns and economic repercussions; demand for our services; the volatility of oil and natural gas prices and actions by OPEC members and other exporting nations affecting commodities prices and production levels; the impact of the war in Ukraine on the global energy and capital markets and global stability; operational challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, including logistical challenges, protecting the health and well-being of our employees, remote work arrangements, performance of contracts and supply chain disruptions; inflationary pressures; rising interest rates and their impact on the cost of capital; the outcome of ongoing government investigations and other legal proceedings, including those relating to the contracts awarded to the Company’s subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions LLC (“Cobra”) by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (“PREPA”); the failure to receive or delays in receiving governmental authorizations, approvals and/or payments, including payments with respect to the PREPA account receivable for prior services to PREPA performed by Cobra; the Company’s inability to replace the prior levels of work in its business segments, including its infrastructure and well completion services segments; risks relating to economic conditions, including concerns over a potential economic slowdown or recession; impacts of the recent federal infrastructure bill on the infrastructure industry and our infrastructure services business; the loss of or interruption in operations of one or more of Mammoth’s significant suppliers or customers; the loss of management and/or crews; the outcome or settlement of our litigation matters; the effects of government regulation, permitting and other legal requirements; operating risks; the adequacy of capital resources and liquidity; Mammoth’s ability to (i) continue to comply with or, if applicable, obtain a waiver of forecasted or actual non-compliance with certain financial covenants from its lenders and comply with other terms and conditions under its amended revolving credit facility, as amended, (ii) extend or refinance our revolving credit facility at or prior to maturity on the terms acceptable to Mammoth or at all and (iii) meet its financial projections associated with reducing its debt; weather; natural disasters; litigation; volatility in commodity markets; competition in the oil and natural gas and infrastructure industries; and costs and availability of resources.
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