Press Release

Whiting Petroleum – A Case Study in Using KRIS

NEW YORK, April 1, 2020: Eric Penanhoat, Managing Director for Quantitative Risk provides a case study on using KRIS as a tool to understand the current market turmoil.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation Reaches Agreement in Principle with Certain of Its Noteholders to Pursue Consensual Financial Restructuring
Commences Chapter 11 Reorganizational Process to Right-Size Capital Structure

April 01, 2020 08:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time


KRIS information at a glance:

  • Short, medium and long-term KDP (eg 1-month, 6-month and 5-year)
  • Energy Sector 90th percentile KDP

Multiple warning flags for Whiting Petroleum Co, starting in August 2019:

  1. August 2019: KDP jump up and the term structure still shows 6-month and 1-year KDPs below the 5-year KDP.
  2. August 2019 – December 2019: 6-month KDP rises at or above the 5-year KDP level; 1-month KDP rises above the Energy sector 90th percentile 1-month KDP level.
  3. December 2019 – February 2020: 1-month KDP stays at or above 90th percentile
  4. February-March 2020: 1-month KDP rises above the 6-month KDP. Both are well above the long-term KDP. The 1-month KDP reaches much higher than the sector’s 90th percentile KDP and is in the 99th percentile globally at the end of February 2020.



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