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Restructuring Plan 'Best Course of Action' for Oil & Gas Company but Bleak for Equity Holders

Source: Streetwise Reports

 

May 17, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The details and effects of the plan, which is in negotiation as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, were explored in a Raymond James report.


In a May 12 research note, Raymond James analyst Praveen Narra reported that as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Weatherford International Ltd. (WFT:NYSE) entered negotiations to restructure its outstanding notes, which will mean "equity holders [will] get minimal recovery of new common stock." The analyst added that "while it is a challenging decision, we continue to see the prepackaged restructuring as the best course of action."

In the proposed restructuring plan, existing notes would be canceled and exchanged for 99% of the common stock of the reorganized company, or new common stock, along with $1.25 billion of new tranche B senior unsecured notes with a seven-year maturity, to be issued by the reorganized company.

This would reduce outstanding debt by $5.85 billion. It also would cancel the existing equity in exchange for 1% ownership of newly issued shares and three-year warrants to purchase 10% of the new common stock. "While the restructuring agreement has yet to be finalized, we would expect the plan to go through in the coming weeks, and see Weatherford shares as holding little value given the low exchange ratio," Narra commented.

In other news, Weatherford reported its Q1/19 adjusted EBITDA was $120 million, below Raymond James' $209 million estimate and consensus' $206 million forecast. Earnings per share was $0.18, higher than the $0.12 estimate of Raymond James and the Street.

Raymond James has an Underperform rating on Weatherford.

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Disclosures from Raymond James, Weatherford International plc, May 12, 2019

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Analysts Holdings and Compensation: Equity analysts and their staffs at Raymond James are compensated based on a salary and bonus system. Several factors enter into the bonus determination, including quality and performance of research product, the analyst's success in rating stocks versus an industry index, and support effectiveness to trading and the retail and institutional sales forces. Other factors may include but are not limited to: overall ratings from internal (other than investment banking) or external parties and the general productivity and revenue generated in covered stocks.

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