Enerplus announces closing of senior unsecured notes



    TSX: ERF.UN
    NYSE:   ERF

    CALGARY, June 18 /CNW/ - Enerplus Resources Fund is pleased to announce
that it has closed a private offering of long-term debt in the form of senior
unsecured notes to a group of fourteen U.S. and Canadian institutional
investors. In total, approximately CDN$325 million was raised through three
separate transactions under various terms and rates as described in the table
below.

    
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    Amount                             Term                     Coupon Rate
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    US$225 million  12 year amortizing term repayable 2017 - 2021    7.97%
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    US$40 million   6 year term repayable in 2015                    6.82%
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    CDN$40 million  6 year term repayable in 2015                    6.37%
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    The proceeds from the offering will be used to repay a portion of our
outstanding bank debt and will increase the availability under our bank
facility. This will provide greater flexibility as our existing notes are
scheduled for repayment between 2010 and 2015. It also diversifies Enerplus'
credit sources, replacing short-term bank debt with the assurance of long-term
credit commitments at attractive rates.
    The senior unsecured notes have not been and will not be registered under
the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in
the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from
registration requirements.

    
    Gordon J. Kerr
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Enerplus Resources Fund
    
    %CIK: 0001126874




For further information:

For further information: Investor Relations at 1-800-319-6462 or e-mail
investorrelations@enerplus.com.


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