This excerpt taken from the CHK 8-K filed Jan 18, 2006.
Chesapeake Also Agrees to Acquire 13 Drilling Rigs from Martex Drilling Company, L.L.P. for $150 Million
Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Nomac Drilling Corporation, Chesapeake has also recently agreed to acquire 13 drilling rigs and related assets from Martex Drilling Company, L.L.P., a privately-held drilling contractor with operations in East Texas and North Louisiana, for $150 million. Chesapeake is acquiring the rigs to accelerate its drilling activity in the Barnett Shale, Ark-La-Tex and Fayetteville Shale regions, areas where rigs are in especially short supply. With the ownership of more rigs, Chesapeake believes it can accelerate the conversion of its large inventory of proved undeveloped, probable and possible reserves in these areas into producing wells.
Chesapeake currently leases one of the 13 Martex rigs and an E&P affiliate of Martex, Camterra Resources, Inc. is leasing two of the 13 rigs through early 2008. The other 10 rigs are all subject to contracts of up to one year in length and as the existing rig contracts expire, Chesapeake anticipates using the rigs for its own account. With the addition of the 13 Martex rigs, Chesapeake anticipates owning approximately 60 drilling rigs by year-end 2006 and should therefore be able to meet approximately 60% of its drilling needs by year-end 2006 with its own rigs. The closing of the Martex acquisition is subject to purchase price adjustments and customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The parties expect to file pre-merger notification forms with the Federal Trade Commission this week and will request early termination of the statutory 30-day waiting period.