Natural Gas News: Chesapeake Energy maintains $4 billion credit facility

The Associated Press

Shares of Chesapeake Energy soared Monday, after the natural gas producer said it was able to amend terms with its lenders and maintain a revolving credit facility at $4 billion.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Chesapeake Energy soared Monday, after the natural gas producer said it was able to amend terms with its lenders and maintain a revolving credit facility at $4 billion.

A revolving credit facility allows companies to withdraw money from lenders when needed.

In a research note Monday, Citi Research analyst Marisa Moss said the amended credit facility will give Chesapeake time to "ride out a low commodity price environment." Chesapeake, like other energy companies, has been hurt by falling oil prices. To combat that, It has been slashing spending and selling assets.

To maintain the $4 billion amount, Chesapeake said it had to offer more of its assets as collateral.

The company also agreed to keep at least $500 million in liquidity. If it doesn't meet certain terms by the end of the year, that amount would rise to $750 million.

Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp., based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, rose 50 cents, or 13.3 percent, to $4.26 in midday trading Monday morning. Its shares are down more than 71 percent in the past year.

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