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Sanchez Energy Amends First Lien Credit Facility

January 25, 2016, 07:29 AM
Filed Under: Energy

Sanchez Energy Corporation announced that it has amended the terms under its $1.5 billion first lien revolving credit facility, effective immediately. The amendment allows for the incurrence of second lien debt not to exceed $400 million plus any principal representing payment of interest in kind. The borrowing base is reduced from $500 million to $425 million while the elected commitment remains at $300 million. The Company has no balance drawn on this facility and therefore believes that it has significant headroom under its 2.25x senior secured leverage covenant.

Gleeson Van Riet, Sanchez Energy's Chief Financial Officer, reported, "This amendment is expected to provide the Company with additional financial flexibility and increases our available financing and liability management options. Although the borrowing base was lowered to $425 million, we have decided to maintain our $300 million elected commitment amount knowing we have the ability to access the higher borrowing base upon compliance with certain conditions. We believe that the Company's liquidity remains strong with a cash position on December 31, 2015 of $435 million in addition to this completely undrawn bank credit facility. We expect to fully fund our 2016 upstream capital program of $200 million to $250 million through cash on hand and cash flow from operations without plans to draw down on the Company's revolving credit facility and would expect to enter 2017 with a positive cash balance."

Sanchez Energy Corporation is an independent exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil resources in the onshore U.S. Gulf Coast, with a current focus on the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas where we have assembled approximately 200,000 net acres, and the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.

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