OKLAHOMA CITY, June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUSK) ("Mammoth" or the "Company") announced today the first appeal response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") related to Project Worksheet 251, commonly referred to as the first contract between Mammoth's subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions LLC ("Cobra") and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA"). This appeal followed the May 26, 2021, determination memorandum issued by FEMA, which denied $47 million of the claimed costs under the first contract. FEMA approved the appeal in part and denied the appeal in part. FEMA found that staffing costs of $24.4 million are eligible for funding and that FEMA would amend Project Worksheet 251 to obligate this additional funding.
Mammoth's Chief Executive Officer, Arty Straehla, commented:
"Despite our work having received numerous third-party validations, PREPA continues to choose to pay advisors rather than its pre-existing obligations for services performed years ago. PREPA has $40.4 million in federal funding sitting in a cash account set aside for our work that could be used to pay us now, yet PREPA continues to withhold payment. Astoundingly, the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico continues to allow PREPA to accrue interest on FEMA-approved amounts while PREPA has funds set aside and has over $1 billion in cash on hand. PREPA says that they can't pay when they don't have funds and won't pay when they do have funds. This lack of accountability should serve as a red flag for any entity that is considering performing work for PREPA and is bad news for people of Puerto Rico the next time a natural disaster strikes."
PREPA has 60 days from the date of receipt of the determination to submit a second appeal to the Assistant Administrator, Recovery Directorate, at FEMA headquarters or to request arbitration by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
The total amount PREPA owes Cobra exceeds $350 million and continues to accrue contractual interest at the rate of over $3.3 million per month.
For more information related to the Puerto Rico situation as well as access to the FEMA first appeal response, please visit: https://puertorico.mammothenergy.com/
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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Although management believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all). Moreover, the Company's forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including those described in its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings it makes with the SEC, including those relating to the Company's acquisitions and contracts, many of which are beyond the Company's control, which may cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience and present expectations or projections which are implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. 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 current Russian/Ukrainian military conflict 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; 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; 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, including the adverse impact of the recent settlement with MasTec Renewables Puerto Rico, LLC, and the effect on our financial condition and results of operations; the effects of government regulation, permitting and other legal requirements; operating risks; the adequacy of capital resources and liquidity; Mammoth's ability to continue to comply with, or if applicable, obtain a waiver of forecasted or actual noncompliance with certain financial covenants and comply with other terms and conditions under our recently amended revolving credit facility; 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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