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In 2014, we purchased rigs and compressors previously sold under long-term lease arrangements for approximately $499 million as part of a strategic initiative to reduce complexity and future commitments as well as to facilitate asset sales and the spin-off of our oilfield services business in June 2014. In 2016, we used $2.734 billion of cash to repurchase $2.884 billion principal amount of debt. In addition to the repayment at maturity of $259 million principal amount of our 3.25% Senior Notes due 2016, we repurchased in the open market approximately $141 million principal amount of our contingent convertible senior notes and $325 million principal amount of our outstanding senior notes for $386 million in aggregate. Additionally in 2016, we used the proceeds from our term loan facility, convertible note issuance, senior note issuance and cash on hand to purchase and retire $1.451 billion principal amount of our senior notes and $708 million principal amount of our contingent convertible senior notes for an aggregate $2.089 billion pursuant to tender offers. In 2015, we used $508 million of cash to reduce debt. As required by the terms of the indenture for our 2.75% Contingent Convertible Senior Notes due 2035 (the 2035 Notes), the holders were provided the option to require us to purchase on November 15, 2015, all or a portion of the holders’ 2035 Notes at par plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, November 15, 2015. On November 16, 2015, we paid an aggregate of approximately $394 million to purchase all of the 2035 Notes that were tendered and not withdrawn. An aggregate of $2 million principal amount of the 2035 Notes remains outstanding. In addition, during November and December 2015, we repurchased through privately negotiated transactions, approximately $119 million aggregate principal amount of our 3.25% Senior Notes due 2016 for approximately $114 million. In 2014, we used $3.362 billion of cash to reduce debt. We issued $3.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior notes at par. The offering included two series of notes: $1.5 billion in aggregate principal amount of Floating Rate Senior Notes due 2019 and $1.5 billion in aggregate principal amount of 4.875% Senior Notes due 2022. We used a portion of the net proceeds of $2.966 billion to repay the borrowings under, and terminate, our $2.0 billion term loan credit facility. We used the remaining proceeds along with cash on hand to redeem the $97 million principal amount of 6.875% Senior Notes due 2018 and to purchase and redeem the $1.265 billion principal amount of the 9.5% Senior Notes due 2015 for $1.454 billion. We paid dividends on our preferred stock of $171 million in each of 2015 and 2014. We paid dividends on our common stock of $118 million in 2015 and $234 million in 2014. We eliminated common stock dividends effective in the 2015 third quarter and suspended preferred stock dividends effective in the 2016 first quarter. On February 15, 2017, we reinstated the payment of dividends on each series of our outstanding convertible preferred stock and paid our dividends in arrears. Term Loan Facility In 2016, we entered into a secured five-year term loan facility in aggregate principal amount of $1.5 billion for net proceeds of approximately $1.476 billion. Our obligations under the new facility are unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several basis by the same subsidiaries that guarantee our revolving credit facility, second lien notes and senior notes and are secured by first-priority liens on the same collateral securing our revolving credit facility (with a position in the collateral proceeds waterfall junior to the revolving credit facility). The term loan bears interest at a rate of London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 7.50% per annum, subject to a 1.00% LIBOR floor, or the Alternative Base Rate (ABR) plus 6.50% per annum, subject to a 2.00% ABR floor, at our option. The loan was made at par without original discount. We used the net proceeds to finance tender offers for our unsecured notes. The term loan matures in August 2021 and voluntary prepayments are subject to a make-whole premium prior to the second anniversary of the closing of the term loan, a premium to par of 4.25% from the second anniversary until but excluding the third anniversary, a premium to par of 2.125% from the third anniversary until but excluding the fourth anniversary and at par beginning on the fourth anniversary. The term loan may be subject to mandatory prepayments and offers to purchase with net cash proceeds of certain issuances of debt, certain asset sales and other dispositions of collateral and upon a change of control. See Note 3 of the notes to our consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 for further discussion of the term loan facility.

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Profile for Chesapeake Energy

2016 Annual Report  

2016 Annual Report