Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE:BRY) announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2022 (the “Notes”), which will bear interest at a rate of 6⅜% per year. The Notes are being sold at par. Berry expects to close the sale of the notes on March 9, 2012, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The offering is being made pursuant to Berry’s 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.
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 prospectus supplement relating to the offering will be filed with the SEC and may be found on its website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the underwriters will arrange to send you the prospectus supplement and related base prospectus if you request them by contacting:
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Attn: Client Support
550 South Tryon Street
7th Floor MAC D1086-070
Charlotte, NC 28202
Telephone: (800) 326-5897
| BMO Capital Markets Corp.
3 Times Square, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Attention: High Yield Syndicate
Telephone: (212) 702-1882
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
Attention: Prospectus Department
One Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10010
Telephone (800) 221-1037
| J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
383 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10179
Attention: Syndicate Desk
RBS Securities Inc.
600 Washington Boulevard
Stamford, Connecticut 06901
Attn: High Yield Debt Capital Markets Syndicate
Telephone: (866) 884-2071
SG Americas Securities, LLC
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020
Attention: David C. Sharp, Managing DirectorCapital 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.
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