SandRidge Energy announces $525 Million buy back and exchange

SandRidge Energy today announced that the Company has entered into privately negotiated purchase and exchange agreements under which it will repurchase $250 million aggregate principal amount of its senior unsecured notes for $94.5 million cash and exchange $275 million of notes into new convertible notes.

James Bennett, President and CEO, commented, “We are very pleased with the execution of this transaction and its effect on the Company’s financial position. This represents a significant first step in reducing SandRidge’s debt and improving our balance sheet. In this transaction we addressed $525 million of senior unsecured debt, by repurchasing senior unsecured notes at a substantial discount to face value, also immediately eliminating approximately $19 million in annual interest expense, and modifying additional outstanding debt to convert into equity at a significant premium to the current share price.”

The Company will repurchase $29.3 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.75% Senior Notes due 2020, $111.6 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.5% Senior Notes due 2021, $26.1 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.125% Senior Notes due 2022 and $83.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.5% Senior Notes due 2023 for an aggregate of $94.5 million in cash.

The Company will exchange $15.9 million aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Outstanding Notes, $40.7 million aggregate principal amount of the 2021 Outstanding Notes, $101.8 million aggregate principal amount of the 2022 Outstanding Notes and $116.6 million aggregate principal amount of its 2023 Outstanding Notes for $158.4 million aggregate principal amount of its new 8.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2022 and $116.6 million aggregate principal amount of its new 7.5% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023.

Subject to compliance with certain conditions, the Company has the right to mandatorily convert the New Convertible Notes, in whole or in part, if the volume weighted average price, or VWAP of the Company’s common stock exceeds 40.00% of the applicable conversion price of the New Convertible Notes for at least 20 trading days during the 30 consecutive trading day period and the Company delivers a mandatory conversion notice.

The New Convertible Notes will be convertible under certain circumstances, at the holder’s option, at an initial conversion rate of 363.6363 common shares per $1,000 principal amount of New Convertible Notes subject to certain customary adjustments. Additionally, if a holder exercises its right to convert on or prior to the first anniversary of the issuance of the New Convertible Notes, such holder will also receive an early conversion payment of between $112.50 and $121.875 in cash per $1,000 principal amount of New Convertible Notes, depending on which series of notes is being converted.

If a holder exercises its right to convert after the first anniversary but on or prior to the second anniversary of the issuance of the New Convertible Notes, such holder will receive an early conversion payment of between $75.00 and $81.25 in cash per $1,000 principal amount of New Convertible Notes, depending on which series of notes is being converted.

The New Convertible Notes will be guaranteed by the same guarantors that guarantee the outstanding senior notes of the Company. Each series of New Convertible Notes will be subject to covenants and bear payment terms substantially identical to those of the corresponding outstanding series of senior notes of similar tenor, other than the conversion provisions and the extension of the final maturity date by one day. In addition, the Company and its banks amended its first lien revolving credit agreement to facilitate the repurchase and exchange transactions.

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