ST. LOUIS, Dec. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Peabody (NYSE: BTU) has entered into a transaction support agreement with 100 percent of its revolving lenders and letter of credit issuers and approximately 65 percent of its 6.000% senior secured notes due 2022 that contemplates a comprehensive financing solution to extend certain of Peabody's debt maturities and grant financial covenant relief, while maintaining sufficient operating liquidity and financial flexibility.
"Today's announcement is significant for the company as well as its many stakeholders," said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. "Closing of the exchange transaction will provide Peabody with the flexibility needed to continue to pursue operational improvements across our operations as well as capture potential seaborne met and thermal market improvements."
Pursuant to the transaction support agreement, the creditors have agreed, subject to the terms thereof, to support the implementation of an offer to exchange the 2022 senior secured notes for new 2024 notes to be issued by Peabody and certain subsidiaries. The company's revolving credit lenders have also agreed to convert the existing revolving credit facility into new term loans and a letter of credit facility due in December 2024. The transaction support agreement follows the previously announced surety bond collateral standstill agreement reached in November 2020, which remains contingent on Peabody closing on the recently launched proposed exchange transactions.
"We are pleased to have reached a support agreement with a substantial number of our creditors that lays the financial foundation for future success and value creation," said Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Spurbeck. "This agreement would extend our nearest debt maturity to December 2024, eliminate the restrictive net leverage covenant from our credit agreement and along with the surety collateral standstill, provide a greater line of sight into future liquidity requirements."
Following a successful closing of the exchange offer, Peabody's pro forma capital structure would include $1.52 billion of funded debt and a $324 million letter of credit facility.
Peabody will be filing a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the transaction support agreement and related matters. The Form 8-K is currently available on PeabodyEnergy.com under "Investor Relations – Presentations" and will be available on the SEC website on Dec. 28, 2020. The related investor presentation will also be furnished as part of the Form 8-K filing and is currently available on PeabodyEnergy.com under "Investor Relations – Presentations." Any exchange transaction questions should be directed to Lazard or Jones Day.
On Dec. 28, 2020 at 10:00am CST, Peabody will host a conference call to discuss the details of the transactions. Participants can access Peabody's call at PeabodyEnergy.com or using the following dial-in numbers:
U.S. and Canada
1800 849 976
0808 238 9907
All other international participants, please contact Peabody Investor Relations at [email protected] prior to the call to receive your dial-in number.
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This press release is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of tenders or consents with respect to any security. No offer, solicitation, purchase or sale will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. In the case of the exchange offer and consent solicitation, the exchange offer and consent solicitation are being made solely pursuant to the Offering Memorandum and Consent Solicitation Statement, dated December 24, 2020 (the "Offering Memorandum") and only to such persons and in such jurisdictions as is permitted under applicable law. The Offering Memorandum and other documents relating to the exchange offer and consent solicitation will only be distributed to Eligible Holders of the Company's 6.000% senior secured notes due 2022 (the "Existing Notes") who complete and return an eligibility form confirming that they are either (a) a person that is in the United States and is (i) a "Qualified Institutional Buyer" as that term is defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or (ii) an institutional "accredited investor" (within the meaning of Rule 501(a)(1), (2), (3) or (7) under the Securities Act, or (b) a person that is outside the "United States" and is (i) not a "U.S. person," as those terms are defined in Rule 902 under the Securities Act, and (ii) a "non-U.S. qualified offeree" (as defined in the Offering Memorandum) (such holders, the "Eligible Holders"). Holders of Existing Notes who desire to obtain and complete an eligibility form should either visit the website for this purpose at https://gbsc-usa.com/eligibility/peabody or call Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the Information Agent and Exchange Agent for the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation at (212) 430-3774 (for banks and brokers) or (866) 470-4500 (toll free). The complete terms and conditions of the exchange offer and consent solicitation are described in the Offering Memorandum.