Endeavour International Corp. (NYSE: END) (LSE: ENDV) has closed a $440 million senior secured term loan with an annual interest rate of LIBOR plus 10% (with a LIBOR floor of 1%), that matures on Jan. 2, 2017.
The proceeds of the financing were used to repay the balance outstanding under the company's existing credit agreement, dated as of Jan. 24, to repay in full certain monetary production payments issued by the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Endeavour Energy UK Ltd. (EEUK), to repay all reimbursement obligations outstanding with respect to the company's existing LC procurement agreement, dated as of Jan. 24, to provide cash collateral under the terms of a new LC issuance agreement entered into by certain subsidiaries of the company (pursuant to which Credit Suisse AG has agreed to issue letters of credit for EEUK's account to secure decommissioning obligations in connection with certain of its UK Continental Shelf petroleum production licenses), for payment of related expenses and to provide additional liquidity to the company.
Endeavour also announced that the company and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into forbearance agreements with holders of a majority of its 12% first priority notes due 2018, 12% second priority notes due 2018, and 6.5% convertible senior notes due 2016.
As Endeavour previously announced, the company did not make the Sept. 2 interest payments due on the notes, triggering a 30-day grace period that ended on Oct. 1. Because the interest payments are not being made during the grace period, an event of default will occur under each series of notes. Under the terms of the forbearance agreements, the noteholders have agreed to forbear from exercising remedies against the company arising from the interest payment defaults and, with respect to the first priority notes and second priority notes, arising with respect to the credit agreement. The forbearance period is scheduled to expire on Oct. 7.
The company remains engaged in discussions with representatives of certain holders of its various classes of indebtedness, including the holders of notes, regarding a debt restructuring plan that would be affected by the company pursuant to a Chapter 11 filing. No assurances can be given, however, that such discussions will result in an agreement for a debt restructuring plan. Under the terms of the credit agreement, neither a Chapter 11 filing, nor the failure by the company to pay the interest due on the notes, will result in an event of default thereunder.