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JPMorgan Chase Agents up to $2.4B Revolver for Whiting Petroleum

April 13, 2018, 07:11 AM
Filed Under: Oil & Gas

Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiary Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation entered into a Seventh Amended and Restated Credit Agreement with the lenders party thereto, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the other agents party thereto. The Credit Agreement replaces Whiting Oil and Gas’ existing credit agreement.

The Credit Agreement provides for a revolving credit facility subject to an initial borrowing base of $2.4 billion, of which the Company has elected to secure commitments of $1.75 billion at closing. As of April 12, 2018, the total amount of loans and letters of credit outstanding under the credit facility was $234.2 million. A portion of the revolving credit facility, in an aggregate amount not to exceed $50 million, may be used to issue letters of credit for the account of Whiting Oil and Gas and other designated subsidiaries of the Company, which outstanding letters of credit were approximately $2.0 million as of April 12, 2018. Whiting Oil and Gas may increase the aggregate amount of the loans under the Credit Agreement by up to $1.25 billion, provided that certain conditions are satisfied, including that no default or event of default exists under the Credit Agreement at the time of the increase and that Whiting Oil and Gas obtains the consent of the lenders participating in the increase. With certain exceptions, the credit facility will mature on April 12, 2023.

Interest will accrue on the loans under the Credit Agreement at a variable rate equal to, at Whiting Oil and Gas’ option, either (i) a base rate for a base rate loan, plus a specified margin, where the base rate is defined as the greatest of (A) the prime rate, (B) the greater of (x) the federal funds effective rate and (y) the overnight bank funding rate, plus in each case 0.50% per annum, or (C) the one month adjusted LIBO rate plus 1.00% per annum, or (ii) an adjusted LIBO rate for a Eurodollar loan plus a specified margin. The margin applicable to base rate loans and Eurodollar loans may be adjusted upward or downward based on the ratio of outstanding borrowings to the borrowing base.

Under the Credit Agreement, Whiting Oil and Gas will also incur a commitment fee with respect to the revolving facility on the unused portion of the lesser of the aggregate commitments of the lenders or the borrowing base, which commitment fee will be either 0.375% or 0.50% per annum based on the ratio of outstanding borrowings to the borrowing base.

The Credit Agreement contains various restrictive covenants applicable to the Company, Whiting Oil and Gas and certain other subsidiaries of the Company which limit their ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, sell assets, make loans to others, make investments, make dividend payments, enter into mergers, enter into hedging contracts, incur liens and engage in certain other transactions. The Credit Agreement requires the Company, as of the last day of any quarter, to maintain the following ratios (as defined in the Credit Agreement): (i) a consolidated current assets to consolidated current liabilities ratio (which includes an add back of the available borrowing capacity under the Credit Agreement) of not less than 1.0 to 1.0, and (ii) a total debt to the last four quarters’ EBITDAX ratio of not greater than 4.0 to 1.0.

The obligations of Whiting Oil and Gas under the Credit Agreement will continue to be secured by a first lien on substantially all of Whiting Oil and Gas’ properties included in the borrowing base for the Credit Agreement. The Company and certain of its subsidiaries will continue to guarantee the obligations of Whiting Oil and Gas under the Credit Agreement and will pledge the stock of Whiting Oil and Gas and certain of the Company’s other subsidiaries as security for such guarantee.

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