Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today announced that it has priced its previously announced public offering of $3.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of its senior notes at par. The notes will be issued in two separate series of notes: $1,500,000,000 in Floating Rate Senior Notes due 2019 that will bear interest at LIBOR plus 3.25%, reset quarterly, and $1,500,000,000 in 4.875% Senior Notes due 2022. Chesapeake expects the issuance and delivery of the two series of senior notes to occur on April 24, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
Chesapeake intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay its existing unsecured term loan, redeem its 6.875% Senior Notes due 2018 and purchase the portion of its 9.50% Senior Notes due 2015 that are tendered in its concurrent tender offer for such notes. To the extent that any portion of the net proceeds of the offering is not used as described above, Chesapeake plans to use such net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include the purchase, repayment and/or redemption of outstanding indebtedness.
The senior notes are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement filed August 7, 2013 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Chesapeake intends to list the notes on the New York Stock Exchange after issuance. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering of the notes due 2019. Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, (USA) Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering of the notes due 2022. Copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd floor New York, NY 10014, by telephone at (866) 718-1649 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Citigroup Global Markets Inc. c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New Jersey, 11717, by telephone at (800) 831-9146 or by email at email@example.com. An electronic copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement is available on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.
This press release shall 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 jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. This press release shall not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell Chesapeake’s 9.50% Senior Notes due 2015 in the concurrent tender offer. The concurrent tender offer is being made only by and pursuant to, and on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in, the Offer to Purchase dated April 10, 2014 and the related Letter of Transmittal.