Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. Announces Special Meeting Results

HOUSTON, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: ICD) ("ICD") today announced that at a special meeting held earlier today shareholders of ICD approved (i) the issuance of 36,752,657 shares of ICD's common stock, par value $0.01 per share ("Common Stock"), as consideration to the holders of Series A Common Units in Sidewinder Drilling LLC ("Sidewinder") pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement"), dated as of July 18, 2018, by and among ICD, Patriot Saratoga Merger Sub, LLC, ("Merger Sub"), Sidewinder and MSD Credit Opportunity Master Fund, L.P. (the "Stock Issuance Proposal") and (ii) an amendment to ICD's certificate of incorporation to increase the authorized number of shares of Common Stock from 100,000,000 shares to 200,000,000 shares (the "Charter Amendment Proposal").

At the special meeting of ICD shareholders, approximately 81.4% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock were voted, with approximately 99.6% of the votes cast in favor of the Stock Issuance Proposal and 99.6% of the votes cast in favor of the Charter Amendment Proposal. 

Based on these stockholder approvals, ICD expects the merger transaction to close later today on October 1, 2018, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all of the other closing conditions required by the Merger Agreement.  In connection with this closing, ICD also expects to close on a $130 million term loan credit agreement and a new $40 million ABL credit facility.

With the closing of the merger, ICD will more than double the size of its pad-optimal rig fleet to 34 rigs following modest upgrades to five Sidewinder rigs.  The combined company's management team will be led by Anthony Gallegos, Sidewinder's current President & Chief Executive Officer, who also will serve as a director of the combined company, and Philip Choyce, ICD's current Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.  Upon closing of the merger, the combined company's board of directors will consist of four existing ICD board members, including Thomas R. Bates, James D. Crandell, Matthew D. Fitzgerald, and Daniel F. McNease, as well as Mr. Gallegos, and two additional members, James Minmier and Adam Piekarski, appointed by the former owners of Sidewinder. 

Anthony Gallegos commented, "We are extremely excited about what this strategic combination means for Independence Contract Drilling.   The combination of fleets, management teams and people continues ICD's strategic direction as a pure play, pad-optimal growth company focused on North America's most prolific oil and gas plays.  ICD adds significant operational and financial scale and flexibility, and recharges growth through imbedded organic opportunities within the acquired Sidewinder fleet that are executable with very attractive investment returns.  Our integration plans are in place and we are focused on realizing and exceeding the high end of our synergy expectations over the next several quarters." 

About Independence Contract Drilling, Inc.

Independence Contract Drilling provides land-based contract drilling services for oil and natural gas producers in the United States. The Company constructs, owns and operates a fleet of pad-optimal ShaleDriller® rigs that are specifically engineered and designed to accelerate its clients' production profiles and cash flows from their most technically demanding and economically impactful oil and gas properties. For more information, visit

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