Daily News: January 5, 2015

BMO Capital Markets Arranges Resolute Energy Term Loan

Resolute Energy announced it entered into definitive agreements with respect to a $150 million second lien secured term loan with Highbridge Principal Strategies, and has also amended its senior revolving credit facility. BMO Capital Markets acted as sole arranger for the second lien facility.

The company’s second lien facility matures no later than November 2019 and permits Resolute to issue up to $200 million of additional second lien debt for 60 days following the initial closing. In connection with the second lien financing transaction, the company also amended its senior revolving credit facility. The initial conforming borrowing base under the amended senior revolving credit facility was set at $330 million and certain other amendments were made, including eliminating the total debt-to-EBITDA covenant and conforming the covenant package in the senior revolving credit facility to that of the new second lien facility.

Net proceeds from the second lien facility loan, anticipated to be approximately $134 million after payment of transaction-related fees, expenses and discounts, will be used to repay a portion of the outstanding borrowings under the company’s senior revolving credit facility. The new second lien term loan has materially enhanced the company’s current liquidity position.

Nicholas J. Sutton, Resolute CEO, said, “This new second lien secured term loan provides Resolute with significantly enhanced liquidity and capital resources. Following closing, the company has total borrowing base availability of approximately $92 million. As a result, the company has much greater financial strength to withstand the current low commodity price environment and, as oil prices rebound, the flexibility to execute on drilling programs in the Permian and Powder River basins.

Resolute is an independent oil and gas company focused on the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and development of oil and gas properties, with a particular emphasis on liquids-focused, long-lived onshore U.S. opportunities.