Goodrich begins private exchange transactions for convertible senior notes

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: GDP) has entered into separate, privately negotiated exchange agreements under which it will retire $17.1 million in an aggregate original principal amount of its outstanding 5.00% convertible senior notes due 2032 in exchange for its issuance of additional 5.00% convertible exchange senior notes due 2032 in an aggregate original principal amount of $8.5 million.

Following these transactions, $94.2 million in an aggregate original principal amount of the existing notes will remain outstanding with terms unchanged. The exchange is expected to close on Oct. 14.

Many terms of the new notes will remain the same as the existing notes they replace, including the 5.0% annual cash interest rate and the final maturity date of Oct. 1, 2032.

Like the existing notes, the principal amount of the new notes will accrete at a rate of 2% per year from Aug. 28, 2013, compounding on a semi-annual basis, until Oct. 1, 2018. The accreted portion of the principal is payable in cash upon maturity but does not bear cash interest and is not convertible into the company's common stock. Holders have the option to require the company to purchase any outstanding new notes on each of Oct. 1, 2018, Oct. 1, 2022, and Oct. 1, 2027, at a price equal to 100% of the accreted principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest on the original principal amount thereof. Accretion of principal will be reflected as a non-cash component of interest expense on the company's statement of income during the term of the new notes.

The company has the right to redeem the new notes on or after Oct. 1, 2017, at a price equal to 100% of the accreted principal amount thereof, plus accrued but unpaid interest on the original principal amount thereof. The new notes also provide the company with the option, at its election, to convert the new notes in whole or in part, prior to maturity, into the underlying common stock, provided the trading price of the company's common stock exceeds $2.50 (or 125% of the then applicable conversion price) for the required measurement period. If the company elects to convert the new notes on or before Oct. 1, 2018, holders will receive a make-whole premium equal to $100 per $1,000 face amount of such new notes if the conversion occurs prior to Oct. 1, 2017 or $100 per $1,000 face amount of such new notes less an amount equal to 0.2778 multiplied by the number of days between Sept. 30, 2017, and the conversion date, if the conversion occurs on or after Oct. 1, 2017.

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