Seventy Seven Energy Inc. (the “Company”) today announced that it has filed a pre-packaged plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. As previously announced, the Company’s pre-packaged plan provides for a substantial deleveraging transaction pursuant to which approximately $1.1 billion of the Company’s outstanding debt will be converted to equity. The Chapter 11 reorganization is expected to conclude within 60 days.
The filing follows the completion of the solicitation process, which began on May 9 of (i) lenders representing the Company’s Incremental Term Supplement (Tranche A) loan, (ii) lenders representing the Company’s $400 Million Term Loan Credit Agreement dated June 25, 2014, (iii) noteholders of the Company’s 6.625% senior unsecured notes due 2019 and (iv) noteholders of the 6.50% senior unsecured notes due 2022. The solicitation process resulted in overwhelming approval of the pre-packaged plan presented by the Company.
"The successful completion of the solicitation process and today’s filing represent the next step forward in our financial restructuring,” Chief Executive Officer Jerry Winchester said. “The support of all of our stakeholders will allow our Company to expedite the reorganization process and maximize our operational strengths and assets to grow our business as the market recovers.”
A key component of the Plan is that all trade creditors, suppliers and contractors will be paid in the ordinary course of business. All of the Company’s commercial and operational contracts will remain in effect in accordance with their terms preserving the rights of all parties, and customer relationships will continue uninterrupted.
The Company has set up a toll-free information line to answer questions about the restructuring. The information line can be accessed by calling 844-224-1136 (internationally 1-917-962-8386). The Company has also posted FAQs on its website at 77NRG.com/Restructuring/.
About Seventy Seven Energy Inc.
Headquartered in Oklahoma City, SSE provides a wide range of wellsite services and equipment to U.S. land-based exploration and production customers. SSE’s services include drilling, hydraulic fracturing and oilfield rentals and its operations are geographically diversified across many of the most active oil and natural gas plays in the onshore U.S., including the Anadarko and Permian basins and the Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Niobrara and Utica shales. For additional information about SSE, please visit our website at www.77nrg.com, where we routinely post announcements, updates, events, investor information and presentations and recent news releases.
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Bob Jarvis, 405-608-7730