Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE:BRY) announced that it intends to offer 7.0 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. Berry expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option, solely to cover over-allotments, to purchase up to an additional 1.05 million shares of its common stock.
Net proceeds from the offering are expected to be used to fund the planned acquisition of certain properties in the Wolfberry trend of West Texas and for general corporate purposes. Pending the application of the proceeds for such purposes, Berry will use the net proceeds to reduce outstanding borrowings under its senior secured revolving credit facility.
Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from the offices of: Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, 1-800-221-1037 or J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., via Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave, Edgewood, New York 11717, 1-866-803-9204.
The offering is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). A prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus describing the terms of the offering will be filed with the SEC and available on its website at http://www.sec.gov.
This news release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Berry Petroleum Company and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful.
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