The shares will be offered in an offering registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to the Company's existing shelf registration statement. Of the 5,200,000 shares being offered, 1,430,000 shares will be purchased on a best efforts basis by Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., each acting as an agent for one of its affiliates, to facilitate their hedging in connection with the capped call option transaction. These hedge shares, if purchased, will be offered by the purchasers themselves or through their broker-dealer affiliates from time to time at varying prices. The Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 565,500 additional shares of common stock from the Company to cover the over-allotments. Net proceeds from the offering, after purchase of the capped call option, will be initially used to pay down current indebtedness under the Company's senior bank credit facility, which may then be reborrowed to provide incremental capital to continue development of the Company's Cotton Valley trend acreage.
Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. will be the joint book-running managing underwriters, with Howard Weil Incorporated, Raymond James, Capital One Southcoast, Johnson Rice & Company L.L.C., Tudor Pickering & Co., BMO Capital Markets and BNP PARIBAS acting as co-managing underwriters of the offering.
In connection with the public offering of common stock, the Company will enter into capped call option agreements with certain of the underwriters or their affiliates, which is expected to reduce the potential dilution from the offering. In connection with those transactions, the counterparties may engage in hedging activities, which could have the effect of increasing, or preventing a decline in, the price of the Company's common stock concurrently with or following the pricing of the offering. The option counterparties or their affiliates will likely modify the hedge positions from time to time by purchasing and selling shares of the Company's common stock, other of the Company's securities or other instruments they may wish to use in connection with such hedging. This is particularly likely to occur just before or during the settlement periods for the options.
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