The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 28, 2012

SandRidge opposes shareholder plan to oust board


From The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The board of directors of SandRidge Energy Inc. is asking shareholders to reject a proposal to oust the board.

The Oklahoma City-based company said in a regulatory filing Thursday the proposal by TPG-Axon would force SandRidge to offer to buy back all its outstanding at a cost of $4.3 billion. The filing says SandRidge would also lose $775 million in available borrowing.

The board also called TPG-Axon — which owns about 6.7 percent of SandRidge stock — an "opportunistic investor with short-term interests."

TPG-Axon spokesman Anton Nicholas said it has been investing in the company for more than a year.

TPG-Axon says SandRidge is undervalued and blamed the board. SandRidge stock was down 6 cents to $6.35 per share in early trading Friday.