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On December 24, 2020, Peabody Energy Corporation (2020) announced that it 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," says 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. 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.
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