SandRidge Energy
SandRidge Energy is an oil
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 and natural gas
Natural gas
Natural gas is a naturally occurring gas mixture consisting primarily of methane, typically with 0–20% higher hydrocarbons . It is found associated with other hydrocarbon fuel, in coal beds, as methane clathrates, and is an important fuel source and a major feedstock for fertilizers.Most natural...

 exploration company headquartered in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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, Oklahoma
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SandRidge was founded in 1984 as Riata Energy, Inc. In 2006, the company changed its name to SandRidge Energy. The company concentrates its exploration efforts in the West Texas
West Texas
West Texas is a vernacular term applied to a region in the southwestern quadrant of the United States that primarily encompasses the arid and semi-arid lands in the western portion of the state of Texas....

 Permian Basin and Mid-Continent region of Northern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas. The company owns and operates drilling rigs under the brand name Lariat Services, Inc.

The company made its initial public offering
Initial public offering
An initial public offering or stock market launch, is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public. It can be used by either small or large companies to raise expansion capital and become publicly traded enterprises...

 on November 5, 2007, offering over 28 million common stocks at roughly $26.00 US a share. SandRidge is traded on the New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
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 under the symbol SD.

The chief executive officer
Chief executive officer
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 and chairman of SandRidge is Tom L. Ward
Tom L. Ward
Tom L. Ward is a prominent Oklahoma City businessman. He is the chairman and CEO at SandRidge Energy and is the former President, COO and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy...

. Ward previously co-founded Chesapeake Energy
Chesapeake Energy
Chesapeake Energy is the second largest producer of natural gas in the United States, a top 15 producer of U.S. liquids and the most active driller of new wells, according to an November 2011 investor presentation. It recorded 3Q 2011 natural gas production of an average of approximately of...

 and was the chief operating officer
Chief operating officer
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 of that company from 1989 until 1996. Sandridge is also a minority owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a professional basketball franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association ; their home court is at Chesapeake Energy Arena....

National Basketball Association
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 franchise. Ward joined the company in June 2006 when he purchased a significant interest in the company, becoming the CEO and chairman.

Sandridge Permian Trust

In May 2011, SandRidge formed a royalty trust
Royalty trust
A royalty trust is a type of corporation, mostly in the United States or Canada, usually involved in oil and gas production or mining. However, unlike most corporations, its profits are not taxed at the corporate level provided a certain high percentage of profits are distributed to shareholders...

 called Sandridge Permian Trust , consisting of oil and gas wells, existing and yet to be developed, in Andrews County, Texas. At the IPO
Initial public offering
An initial public offering or stock market launch, is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public. It can be used by either small or large companies to raise expansion capital and become publicly traded enterprises...

it sold 34,500,000 units for a net of approximately $580.6 million.

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