Extraction Oil & Gas Files Bankruptcy

Extraction Oil & Gas Files Bankruptcy
It's the latest producer to succumb to the energy industry's slump.

(Bloomberg) -- Extraction Oil & Gas Inc. filed for bankruptcy with plans to hand ownership to its creditors, becoming the latest producer to succumb to the energy industry’s slump.

Some of Extraction’s noteholders agreed to swap unsecured debt for equity, according to a statement. The Denver-based company sought court protection in Delaware after skipping a May 15 interest payment on its 2024 bonds.

The company is proposing to ease its debt burden of roughly $1.5 billion by giving note holders 97% of the new common stock issued as part of a merger or restructuring, with existing equity wiped out, according to a filing. Under some circumstances, current equity holders could receive a token amount of stock and warrants.

Extraction secured $125 million of debtor-in-possession financing from its existing bank lenders, including $50 million of new money and a rollup of its $75 million credit facility, according to the statement. The loan will have an interest rate of the London Interbank Offered Rate plus 5.75% per year.

The bankruptcy follows a collapse in oil prices to historic lows as the coronavirus pandemic slashed demand, and Saudi Arabia and Russia competed for market share. Extraction withdrew its 2020 guidance in May and warned it may have to file for bankruptcy.

More than 200 North American producers have filed for Chapter 11 since the beginning of 2015, according to a May report from law firm Haynes & Boone.

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