Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 7, 2019



Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant specified in its charter)








(State or other jurisdiction


(Commission File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

of incorporation)




Identification No.)


321 South Boston Avenue, Suite 1000
Tulsa, Oklahoma





(Address of principal executive




(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (918) 947-8550


Not Applicable.

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Item 2.02.                                        Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On March 13, 2019, Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release reporting results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. A copy of the Company’s press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.


The information furnished pursuant to this Item 2.02 and Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and will not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, unless specifically identified therein as being incorporated therein by reference.


Item 5.02.                                        Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


Award of Restricted Stock Units and Performance Stock Units


On March 7, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) for Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. (the “Company”) approved long-term incentive awards to David J. Sambrooks, Richard W. McCullough, Scott C. Weatherholt and Amelia K. Harding pursuant to the Company’s 2016 Long Term Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”) and based upon recommendation from the Compensation Committee of the Board.  These awards include (i) the grant of 30,959, 8,661, 18,612 and 12,439 restricted stock units (“RSUs”) to Messrs. Sambrooks, McCullough and Weatherholt and Ms. Harding, respectively, and (ii) the grant of 72,236, 20,209, 43,428 and 29,024 performance stock units (“PSUs”) to Messrs. Sambrooks, McCullough and Weatherholt and Ms. Harding, respectively.


The RSUs and PSUs are governed by a form of Restricted Stock Unit Agreement (the “RSU Award Agreement”) and a form of Performance Stock Unit Agreement (the “PSU Award Agreement”, and together with the RSU Award Agreement, the “Award Agreements”) entered into with each of Messrs. Sambrooks, McCullough and Weatherholt and Ms. Harding. The RSUs will generally vest, if at all, in full (100%) on March 1, 2021, and the PSUs will vest, if at all, based on the Company’s trading price of common stock for the performance period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.


Each of the RSUs and PSUs are subject to partial accelerated vesting in the event the executive grantee’s employment is terminated prior to the vesting date by the Company without “Cause” or by the executive grantee with “Good Reason” (each, as defined in the LTIP) or due to such executive grantee’s death or disability. In the event of a “Change in Control” (as defined in the LTIP), the RSUs are subject to full accelerated vesting, and the PSUs have the potential to receive full accelerated vesting or other alternative benefits, subject to the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee.


The descriptions of the Award Agreements in this Current Report on Form 8-K are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the form of Award Agreements, which are filed as Exhibit 10.1 and Exhibit 10.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated by reference into this Item 5.02.


Item 9.01.                                        Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.




Description of Exhibit






Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement.






Form of Performance Stock Unit Award Agreement.






Press Release dated March 13, 2019.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.



Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc.







Date: March 13, 2019







/s/ Scott C. Weatherholt



Scott C. Weatherholt



Executive Vice President - General Counsel & Corporate Secretary