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Peabody announces cash tender offers

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Peabody has announced that it has commenced cash tender to purchase:

  • Any and all of its US$500 000 000 in outstanding aggregate principal amount of 6% senior secured notes due 2022.
  • Any and all of its US$500 000 000 in outstanding aggregate principal amount of 6.375% senior secured notes due 2025.

The company is pursuing the offers, subject to market conditions and other factors, as part of a refinancing initiative to accommodate the pending PRB/Colorado joint venture with Arch Coal. Additionally, the offers are expected to increase the company's financial flexibility and extend debt maturities. The company remains committed to its previously stated liquidity and gross debt targets.

In connection with the offers, the company is soliciting consents to proposed amendments to the indenture governing the notes that would:

  • Eliminate substantially all restrictive covenants, certain events of default applicable to the notes and certain other provisions contained in the indenture.
  • Release the collateral securing the notes and eliminate certain other related provisions contained in the Indenture.

The offers are scheduled to expire at 11:59 pm, New York City time, on 25 September 2019, unless extended or earlier terminated. Holders of notes that validly tender, and do not validly withdraw, their notes and provide their consents to the proposed amendments to the Indenture before 5:00 pm, New York City time, on 11 September 2019, unless extended, will be eligible to receive the applicable total consideration.

If the company purchases less than all of the outstanding 2022 notes pursuant to the applicable tender offer, the company currently intends, but is not obligated, to redeem any remaining outstanding 2022 notes pursuant to the Indenture after the final settlement date, although the timing or consummation of any such redemption is within the company’s discretion.

The offers contemplate an early settlement option, so that holders whose notes are validly tendered prior to the consent payment deadline and accepted for purchase could receive payment on an initial settlement date, which is expected to be 17 September 2019, provided that the conditions to the offers have been satisfied or waived, as described more fully below. Tenders of notes may be validly withdrawn and consents may be validly revoked until the withdrawal deadline. Holders who validly tender their notes after the consent payment deadline and prior to the expiration time will be eligible to receive payment of only the applicable tender offer consideration on the final settlement date, which is expected to be 27 September 2019, and such holders will not be entitled to receive the consent payment or the total consideration.

In connection with the offers, the company is soliciting consents to certain proposed amendments to the indenture. Holders may not tender their notes without delivering consents or deliver consents without tendering their notes. No consent payments will be made in respect of notes tendered after the consent payment deadline.

Following receipt of the consent of holders of 66-2/3% in principal amount of a series of the outstanding notes, the company will execute a supplemental indenture with respect to such series of notes to amend the indenture to:

  • Eliminate substantially all restrictive covenants, certain events of default applicable to the notes and certain other provisions contained in the indenture.
  • Release the collateral securing the notes and eliminate certain other related provisions contained in the Indenture.

Alternatively, following receipt of the consent of holders of a majority, but less than 66-2/3%, in principal amount of a series of the outstanding notes, the company will execute a supplemental indenture with respect to such series of notes to amend the indenture to eliminate substantially all restrictive covenants, certain events of default applicable to the notes and certain other provisions contained in the Indenture. The supplemental indentures will be effective at the time of execution, but will not become operative until the company has purchased 66-2/3% or a majority, as applicable, in principal amount of the outstanding notes of the applicable series.

Tendered notes may be withdrawn and consents may be revoked before 5:00 pm, New York City time, on 11 September 2019, unless extended, but generally not afterwards, unless required by law. Any extension or termination of the offers will be followed as promptly as practicable by a public announcement thereof.

The offers are subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions including:

  • A financing condition, which the company expects to satisfy through a combination of long-term senior secured debt and long-term senior unsecured debt, but, subject to market conditions and at the company’s sole discretion, it may elect to incur alternative debt financing.
  • With respect to the 2025 notes, a minimum tender condition, pursuant to which a minimum of 50.1% in principal amount of the outstanding 2025 notes must be validly tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to the applicable tender offer and prior to the expiration time.
  • Certain other customary conditions.

None of the company, its board of directors, the dealer managers, the tender agent, the information agent, the trustee for the notes or their respective affiliates is making any recommendation as to whether or not holders should tender all or any portion of their notes in the offers.

This announcement is not an offer to purchase or sell, a solicitation of an offer to purchase or sell or a solicitation of consents with respect to any securities. The offers are being made solely by the offer to purchase and consent solicitation statement dated 28 August 2019. The offers are not being made to holders of notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction.

Read the article online at: https://www.worldcoal.com/coal/30082019/peabody-announces-cash-tender-offers/

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