Halcon Resources Put on Notice by NYSE; Refi Debt at Higher Rate

trouble ahead signHalcon Resources, with with some 140,000 net acres in the Ohio Utica Shale, said in January they would not do any Utica drilling in 2015 (see Halcon Resources: Slashes Drilling Budget 50%, No Utica for 2015). In February on an analyst call, Halcon’s colorful CEO, Floyd Wilson, responded to a question from one of the analysts asking about the company’s Utica program by responding with a wisecrack (see Halcon CEO Floyd Wilson: “What’s the Utica?”). Halcon guessed wrong about the Utica and leased acreage in the northern part of the play where production is not as great. Also in February, Halcon appeared on David Fessler’s oil and gas company “death list” of companies that a debt ratio of 4 times or higher earnings (see 19 Oil/Gas Companies on “Death List” – 8 are in Marcellus/Utica). Halcon issued a press release yesterday to say: (a) they’ve refinanced $1.02 billion worth of outstanding IOUs with a third lien, forced to pay 13% interest on notes that previously had interest rates ranging from 8.875% to 9.75%; and (b) Halcon has been put on notice by the New York Stock Exchange that because the company’s stock has slipped below $1 per share, they are in danger of being de-listed by the exchange. That is, Halcon’s stock will have to trade on the Pink Sheets as a penny stock unless they can, in the next few months, get the average per share price above $1 again…

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