Atlas Resource Partners LP (NYSE: ARP) has entered into an amendment to its revolving credit facility and has completed its semi-annual redetermination of its credit facility borrowing base, resulting in a revised borrowing base of $700 million, a decrease of 6.7% from the previous level.
To provide increased flexibility as a result of the current commodity price environment, the Partnership has reached an agreement with its commercial bank lending group to amend certain terms of its revolving credit facility, including improved terms on its leverage covenants.
The new terms include suspension of a maximum total leverage covenant until the first quarter of 2017, as well as new maximum total leverage covenants in future periods; including 5.75x beginning in first-quarter 2017, 5.50x beginning in third-quarter 2017, 5.25x beginning in first-quarter 2018, and 5.00x beginning in second-quarter 2018 and thereafter; elimination of senior secured leverage covenant; addition of maximum first lien secured leverage covenant of 2.75x; and ability to add additional subordinated secured debt.
The Partnership had a total leverage ratio of approximately 5.1x as of third-quarter 2015. The next borrowing base redetermination is expected to occur in May 2016. As part of the amendment of the credit facility, the Partnership has agreed to adjust the Partnership's common unit distribution to $0.15 per annum, which the Partnership expects to pay on a monthly basis.