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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||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 Telephone: 800-245-8812|
|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 E-mail: email@example.com Telephone: (212) 278-7128 Fax: (212) 278-2072|
About Berry Petroleum CompanyBerry Petroleum Company is a publicly traded independent oil and gas production and exploitation company with operations in California, Colorado, Texas and Utah. Safe harbor under the “Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995” Any statements in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Words such as “estimate,” “expect,” “would,” “will,” “target,” “goal” and “intend” and forms of those words and others indicate forward-looking statements. These statements include but are not limited to forward-looking statements about the offering, the size of the offering, the use of the net proceeds from the offering and the planned Tender Offer, including whether the Tender Offer is consummated in whole or in part. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Important factors which could affect actual results are discussed in Berry’s filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 28, 2012.