Halcon Resources Refinances More IOUs at High Interest Rate

Halcon Resources, a company that “guessed wrong” by leasing 140,000 Utica Shale acres in the northern part of the play and currently doesn’t drill in any of that acreage, is one of the eight Marcellus/Utica companies on David Fessler’s “Oil Company Death List” (see 19 Oil/Gas Companies on “Death List” – 8 are in Marcellus/Utica). In August, Halcon refinanced $1 billion worth of outstanding IOUs with a third lien, paying a 13% interest rate on debts that had been 8.875% to 9.75% (see Halcon Resources Put on Notice by NYSE; Refi Debt at Higher Rate). Yesterday Halcon launched yet another offer–this time offering second liens for IOUs. The new interest rate offered is 12% for debts that previously had rates of 8.875% to 9.75%. We don’t pretend to understand high finance, but why would anyone, in these market conditions, purchase a second or third lien IOU? That means one or two other people are in line before you to collect money if the company defaults and can’t repay the IOUs, which seems like all too real a possibility…

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