U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SLCA), one of the largest suppliers of silica sand or frac sand proppants to the energy industry, offers investors a compelling play on the shale oil and gas revolution that is continuing to redefine both the U.S. and global energy outlook. The company reported record quarterly results on Wednesday, but shares are off about 15% from recent highs earlier during the week, partly due to a massive 10.5 mill. share sale (equal to ~20% of outstanding shares) announced Thursday by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital Partners, a sale that was largely anticipated by the market based on its regular pattern of selling its pre-IPO holdings in the company over the last two years....
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