Clock Runs Out – Rex Energy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

In early April, Rex Energy, a driller focused solely on the Marcellus/Utica driller, defaulted on payments it owes to debtholders (see Rex Energy Defaults on IOUs, Can’t File Annual Report on Time). Rex told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the company could not make a semi-annual interest payment due on senior notes on April 2. Rex said in the filing that the noteholders to whom payment is due signed a temporary “forbearance” agreement that gives Rex a little breathing room, until April 16. The April 16 payment didn’t happen. Rex and the noteholders signed a second forebearance agreement giving Rex another extension, then another, then another. At least four, maybe five such extensions were granted. But in the end, Rex could not work out favorable terms. And lack of progress caused the banks that lend Rex money to call in the loans. With no money to pay those loans, Rex has no choice but to file for Chapter 11. Rex reported in an SEC 10-Q filing on Tuesday that: “An acceleration notice from the lenders of our senior term loan has been received and we lack the liquidity to pay these obligations. Given these circumstances, the Company is currently in the process of preparing to file for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code which is expected to occur imminently following the filing of this Form 10-Q.” Rather ominously, the next sentence reads: “There can be no assurances that the Company will be able to reorganize its capital structure on terms acceptable to the Company, its creditors, or at all.” What does this mean for Rex’s Marcellus/Utica drilling program?…

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