Chesapeake Energy Gets $1.25B in Cash for “Convertible” IOUs

Chesapeake EnergyOn Wednesday Chesapeake Energy issued an announcement to crow about “significant improvements in its capital structure following recent transactions.” The improvements came as a result of Chessy striking a deal to get $1.25 billion in cash from selling unsecure (nothing to back it) convertible notes–i.e. IOUs. Chesapeake handed people a piece of paper saying they would pay them back in the future, and those people gave the company cash. A LOT of cash. [Note to self: Maybe you’re in the wrong business?] The “convertible” part of the IOUs issued states that if by some miracle Chesapeake can get their stock price up 130% in three years over what it is today, Chesapeake has the right to convert the IOUs (debt) into shares of stock (equity). As of June 30 Chesapeake’s debt was $8.7 billion…

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