Seventy Seven Energy plans bankruptcy filing

Oklahoma City, OK-based oilfield services provider Seventy Seven Energy Inc. plans to file Chapter 11 on or before May 26 in order to implement a Restructuring Support Agreement.

The agreement has been made with certain lenders representing 92.0% of the outstanding principal amount under the company’s Incremental Term Supplement (Tranche A) loan and certain noteholders collectively owning or controlling in excess of 57.7% of the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the company’s 6.625% senior notes due 2019.

Significant elements of the plan include:

  • payment in full in the ordinary course of all trade creditors and other general unsecured creditors;
  • the exchange of the full $650 million of the 2019 notes into either 96.75%, if the holders of the 2022 notes vote as a class to accept the plan, or 98.67%, if the holders of the 2022 notes vote as a class to not accept the plan, of the company’s new common stock to be issued in the reorganization;
  • the exchange of the full $450 million of the 2022 notes for (i) 3.25% of the new common stock as well as warrants exercisable for 15% of the new common stock at predetermined equity values, if the holders of the 2022 notes vote as a class to accept the plan, or (ii) 1.33% of the new common stock, if the holders of the 2022 notes vote as a class to not accept the plan;
  • the issuance by the company, if all classes of claims entitled to vote accept the plan, to existing common stockholders of the company of two series of warrants exercisable for an aggregate of 20% of the new common stock at predetermined equity values;
  • the reinstatement of the company’s existing $400 million secured term loan on identical terms; and the payment of a consent fee equal to 2% of the incremental term loan plus $15 million of the outstanding incremental term loan balance, together with the reinstatement of the remaining $84 million balance of the incremental term loan on identical terms other than the suspension of any prepayment premium for a period of 18 months.

“After a thorough evaluation of our options, we are confident this is the correct path that will enable us to take advantage of our operational strengths and strong asset base to proactively grow our business as market conditions improve,” said CEO Jerry Winchester.

As part of the plan, all trade creditors, suppliers and contractors will be paid in the ordinary course of business. All of the company’s commercial and operational contracts will remain in effect in accordance with their terms preserving the rights of all parties, and customer relationships will continue uninterrupted. Employees can expect that operations will continue as usual and they will be paid in the ordinary course.

Baker Botts LLP is serving as legal counsel and Lazard Freres & Co. LLC has been engaged as financial advisor to Seventy Seven Energy. Alvarez & Marsal is restructuring advisor to the company.

Given the news, said Wunderlich Securities analyst Jason Wangler in a note Tuesday morning, the company’s price target and rating are under review. Wunderlich expects Seventy Seven Energy’s stock to “trade down significantly as the capital structure is drastically changed.”

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