CALGARY, June 10 /CNW/ - Enterra Energy Trust ("Enterra" or the "Trust") has signed a term sheet with its lenders for new conventional credit facilities that offer increased flexibility for the Trust, increase the senior lending facility borrowing base and remove certain restrictions on the use of cash flow. Enterra will operate under the new terms upon completion of the definitive lending agreements, expected by the end of June. The principal terms of the new credit facilities are as follow:
- Re-established senior revolving credit facility with borrowing base
increasing from $110 million to $135 million based on December 31,
2007 independent reserve information and subsequent events impacting
reserves, such as first quarter asset sales and re-negotiated
Oklahoma marketing contracts;
- Drawable second-lien facility with initial availability of no less
than $13 million and a potential maximum of $15 million, declining by
$3 million quarterly and terminating no later than September 2009;
- Lower interest rates on senior and second-lien facilities;
- Elimination of required quarterly debt reduction payments on senior
- Removal of restrictions on the use of cash flow for debenture
interest payments and for repayment of second-lien debt;
- Continued restriction on distribution of cash flow to unitholders
without express approval of lenders while the second-lien facility is
available. Second-lien facility can be paid off and terminated at any
time, at the discretion of Enterra's management;
- Revised lending syndicate now includes only three banks (The Bank of
Nova Scotia, Union Bank of California and HSBC Bank Canada), and all
syndicate members will hold positions in both the senior and second-
lien debt. Previously, the syndicate consisted of four banks and the
second-lien debt was held solely by The Bank of Nova Scotia.
Blaine Boerchers, Enterra's Chief Financial Officer said, "We are extremely pleased to have re-established conventional revolving lending terms with our bankers. Management has worked diligently to reduce the Trust's debt and to develop a partnering relationship with our lending syndicate. The new facilities provide us with the flexibility to focus on our business plan and continue to develop our long term strategy. Further, we delivered on our promise to unitholders to resolve this in the second quarter of the year."
Enterra continues to anticipate that distributions of cash to unitholders will not resume prior to November 2008 while surplus cash flow is directed to a balance between further debt reduction and capital re-investment.
Although this revised credit facility allows for maximum borrowings of at least $148 million compared to the previous maximum of $139.1 million, the Trust still remains focused on reducing total debt. The increased borrowing capacity allows financing flexibility for any opportunities that may arise in the short term.
About Enterra Energy Trust
Enterra Energy Trust (TSX:ENT.UN)(NYSE: ENT) is a conventional oil and gas trust based in Calgary, Alberta. The Trust acquires, operates and exploits petroleum and natural gas assets principally in western Canada and in Oklahoma, U.S.A.
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SOURCE Equal Energy Ltd.
For further information: For further information: Enterra Energy Trust, Kristin Mason, Investor Relations Coordinator, (403) 263-0262 or 1-877-263-0262, Email: email@example.com, Website: www.enterraenergy.com