Forbes Energy Services Announces Closing of Private Placement of Convertible Preferred Shares

Jun 01, 2010, 06:00 ET from Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

ALICE, Texas, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. ("Forbes" or the "Corporation") (TSX: FRB) is pleased to announce that on May 28, 2010 it completed its previously announced private placement of 580,800 Series B Senior Convertible Preferred Shares (the "Series B Preferred Shares") of the Corporation to certain private investment funds at a price of $25.00 per Series B Preferred Share for total gross proceeds to the Corporation of $14,520,000.  

The Corporation intends to use the net proceeds from the private placement to make certain required repurchases of 11% senior secured notes issued by certain subsidiaries of the Corporation and for general corporate purposes, including, without limitation, debt service payments.

The terms, rights and preferences of the Series B Preferred Shares, including conversion rights, are described in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 28, 2010.  

Forward-Looking Information Advisory

This report contains "forward-looking statements," as contemplated by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the anticipated use of financing proceeds. The Corporation gives no assurance that the forward-looking statements will prove to be correct and does not undertake any duty to update them. The use of financing proceeds is dependent on a variety of factors, including the operating performance of the Corporation and its subsidiaries.  Additional factors that you should consider are set forth in detail in the Risk Factors section of the Corporation's previously filed Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 as well as other filings the Corporation has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Forbes Energy

Forbes Energy Services Ltd. is an independent oilfield services contractor that provides a broad range of drilling-related and production-related services to oil and natural gas companies, primarily onshore in Texas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Mexico.

The issuance of these securities has not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any state, and such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States unless an exemption from registration is available.  This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities in the United States.

Contacts: Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO


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