The offering of the Senior Notes is expected to close on June 1, 2007, subject to normal closing conditions. The new Senior Notes received ratings of BB- from Standard & Poor's and B1 from Moody's. Swift Energy also announced that today it has called for redemption all of its $200 million outstanding 9-3/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2012 (CUSIP #870738AD3), in accordance with the terms of those notes.
The largest portion of the proceeds of the new Senior Notes offering will be used to redeem all of the outstanding 9 3/8% Senior Subordinated Notes at a redemption price of 104.688% of their principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest from April 15, 2007 to the redemption date. The Senior Subordinated Notes will be automatically redeemed on June 18, 2007, and no further interest will accrue on these notes after that date. A Notice of Redemption is being mailed to all registered holders of the Senior Subordinated Notes.
The remainder of the net proceeds of the new Senior Notes offering will be used to repay indebtedness on the Company's bank credit facility and for general corporate purposes.
Terry Swift, Chairman and CEO of Swift Energy Company, noted, "This new public debt issuance emphasizes one of our key financial tenets, the strength of our balance sheet. This financing provides financial flexibility by reducing our cost of borrowing and helps provide liquidity to aid in the execution of our tandem strategy of drilling and acquisitions."
The offering is led by J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse serving as joint book runners, with Jefferies & Company, Inc., UBS Investment Bank, Inc., Natexis Bleichroeder Inc., BNP Paribas, Calyon Securities, Comerica Securities, Societe Generale and Wells Fargo Securities serving as co-managers of the underwriting syndicate.
Swift Energy Company, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Houston, engages in developing, exploring, acquiring and operating oil and gas properties, with a focus on onshore and inland waters oil and natural gas reserves in Louisiana, Texas, as well as oil and natural gas reserves in New Zealand.
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