HAMILTON, Bermuda, June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- C&J Energy Services Ltd. (NYSE: CJES) ("C&J" or the "Company") today announced an agreement in principle with its secured lenders on the key aspects of a proposed restructuring transaction, subject to the negotiation of specific terms and definitive documentation. The agreement in principle contemplates a complete deleveraging transaction pursuant to which approximately $1.4 billion of the Company's outstanding debt will be converted to new common equity. Additionally, the agreement in principle also contemplates an infusion of new equity capital through a backstopped equity rights offering. The lenders have also agreed in principle to provide debtor-in-possession financing to bridge the Company through the proposed restructuring transaction. The Company will continue to negotiate with its lenders to finalize the definitive documentation, including entry into a Restructuring Support Agreement.
The Company and its lending group have also entered into an extension of the forbearance with respect to the previously announced covenant breach, as well as with respect to the payment of interest and certain fees under the Company's credit facilities. As previously reported in connection with the release of its first quarter 2016 results, the Company obtained a temporary limited waiver agreement from its lending group with respect to its breach of the quarterly minimum cumulative consolidated Bank EBITDA covenant. Pursuant to the forbearance extension, the lenders have agreed to forbear from exercising default remedies or accelerating any indebtedness through July 17, 2016 as a result of the existing breach during the extended forbearance period. This extension of the forbearance provides the Company with additional flexibility to continue discussions with its creditors and other stakeholders.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer Don Gawick commented, "We are pleased to have reached an agreement in principle with our secured lenders to restructure the Company's balance sheet, which will provide solid financial footing for the Company's future operational success as the commodity pricing environment begins to recover. We appreciate the continued support of our lenders as negotiations continue around the final outstanding terms. We fully believe the extension of the forbearance agreement will give us and our Board adequate time to finalize a deal that will completely de-lever our balance sheet. A strong balance sheet along with ample liquidity for future growth and investment will provide C&J with a defining strategic advantage over our peers, which we will leverage to aggressively pursue market-share gains in each of our core service lines."
Additional information about the forbearance is contained in a Current Report on Form 8-K that the Company intends to file today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
About C&J Energy Services
C&J Energy Services is a leading provider of well construction, well completions, well support and other complementary oilfield services to oil and gas exploration and production companies. As one of the largest completion and production services companies in North America, C&J offers a full, vertically integrated suite of services involved in the entire life cycle of the well, including directional drilling, cementing, hydraulic fracturing, cased-hole wireline, coiled tubing, rig services, fluids management services and other special well site services. C&J operates in most of the major oil and natural gas producing regions of the continental United States and Western Canada. For additional information about C&J, please visit www.cjenergy.com.
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