Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE:BRY) announced today that it intends to publicly offer, subject to market and other customary conditions, $600 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2022 (the “2022 Notes”) pursuant to its effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
Berry intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to redeem all $200 million outstanding principal amount of its 8¼% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2016 (the “2016 Notes”), to finance a tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) for up to $150 million aggregate principal amount of its 10¼% Senior Notes due 2014 (the “2014 Notes”) and to reduce outstanding borrowings under its senior secured revolving credit facility. To the extent that Berry purchases less than $150 million of its 2014 Notes in the Tender Offer, it intends to use the net proceeds that otherwise would have been used to purchase the 2014 Notes to further reduce outstanding borrowings under its senior secured revolving credit facility. Pending the application of the net proceeds to redeem the 2016 Notes and finance the Tender Offer, Berry intends to reduce outstanding borrowings under its senior secured revolving credit facility, and it may temporarily invest the remaining net proceeds in cash equivalents or short-term investments. The offering of 2022 Notes is not conditioned upon the successful consummation of the Tender Offer.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, RBS Securities Inc. and SG Americas Securities, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers. A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the offering has been filed with the SEC and may be found on its website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the underwriters will arrange to send you the preliminary prospectus supplement and related base prospectus if you request them by contacting:
|Wells Fargo Securities, LLC||BMO Capital Markets Corp.|
|Attn: Client Support||3 Times Square, 28th Floor|
|550 South Tryon Street||New York, NY 10036|
|7th Floor MAC D1086-070||Attention: High Yield Syndicate|
|Charlotte, NC 28202||Telephone: (212) 702-1882|
|Telephone: (800) 326-5897|
|Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC||J.P. Morgan Securities LLC|
|Attention: Prospectus Department||383 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor|
|One Madison Avenue||New York, New York 10179|
|New York, New York 10010||Attention: Syndicate Desk|
|Telephone (800) 221-1037||Telephone: 800-245-8812|
|RBS Securities Inc.||SG Americas Securities, LLC|
|600 Washington Boulevard||1221 Avenue of the Americas|
|Stamford, Connecticut 06901||New York, New York 10020|
|Attn: High Yield Debt Capital Markets Syndicate||Attention: David C. Sharp, Managing Director|
|Telephone: (866) 884-2071||Capital Markets & Syndicate - Americas|
|Telephone: (212) 278-7128|
|Fax: (212) 278-2072|
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state. The notes will be offered only by means of a prospectus, including the prospectus supplement relating to the notes, meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Tender Offer is being made pursuant to the offer to purchase issued in connection with the Tender Offer, and this press release is not an offer to purchase with respect to any of the 2014 Notes.