GeoResources Provides Bank Credit Facility Update
GeoResources has provided an update regarding its bank credit facility. The Company announced it has received definitive approval from its banks to increase the facility to $250 million with an initial borrowing base of $135 million. In connection therewith, the Company expects to enter into a Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (“Credit Agreement”) with a term extending to October 16, 2012. The Credit Agreement provides for interest rates at (a) LIBOR plus 2.25% to 3.00% or (b) the prime lending rate plus 1.25% to 2.00%, depending upon the amount borrowed. The Credit Agreement also requires the payment of commitment fees to the lender in respect to the unutilized commitments. The commitment rate is 0.50% per annum. The Credit Agreement is expected to close on or about July 13, 2009. The participating banks include: Wachovia Bank, Comerica Bank, BBVA Compass, U.S. Bank, Frost Bank, Bank of Texas and Natixis.
At present, the Company's outstanding long-term indebtedness totals $98 million of which $58 million was incurred in May 2009 in connection with significant acquisitions in the Giddings Field, Texas and the Bakken Shale Trend in the Williston Basin, North Dakota, as previously announced by the Company.
Frank A. Lodzinski, Chief Executive Officer of GeoResources, Inc., said, "Our recent acquisitions in the Giddings Field and in the Williston Basin (Bakken Shale) were closed with our credit facility. The acquired assets and other development activities resulted in additional reserves and production and therefore, additional borrowing capacity. Accordingly, we are increasing our borrowing base to provide for incremental liquidity. In addition, we took the opportunity to extend our facility and expand our bank group. Designated commitments exceeded our requested borrowing base and discussions with our banks indicated our asset base could support a larger borrowing base. However, we chose to mitigate fees and limit the facility to $135 million as, in the opinion of management, that amount provides for ample current liquidity. We are pleased to have the support of a sound bank group, most of whom are well acquainted with us and have supported us in the past."
Mr. Lodzinski further stated, "We believe our debt levels are quite manageable at approximately 41% of capitalization and, in addition, our costs of debt capital are reasonable for a company our size. We believe the credit facility is more than adequate to allow the Company to proceed with its development and growth plans and, additional borrowing capacity is likely to be available to fund future acquisitions."
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