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EnCap-Backed Southland Royalty Files for Bankruptcy, Seeks Sale

Jan. 27, 2020, 2:20 PM

Natural gas driller Southland Royalty Company LLC has arranged for $35 million in new-money financing to pay for its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, during which it’ll look for a buyer.

  • Southland, which owes about $540 million to lenders via a reserve-based credit facility, will seek to sell itself in bankruptcy or slim down its balance sheet if an attractive buyer can’t be found, Chief Restructuring Officer Frank A. Pometti says in court declaration
  • EnCap Investments LP entities own 80% of co. and MorningStar Partners LP owns 20%
  • Bankruptcy caused by downturn in energy markets, Pometti says
  • Debtor-in-possession loan totaling $70 million -- $35 million in new cash and a proposed roll-up of $35 million of pre-bankruptcy debt -- will initially be provided by Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and/or affiliates as well as Barclays plc
    • Pre-bankruptcy lenders will be able to take pro rata cut of DIP after the interim court approval is obtained, Pometti says
  • The case is Southland Royalty Company LLC, 20-10158, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

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Jeremy Hill in New York at jhill273@bloomberg.net

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Rick Green at rgreen18@bloomberg.net

Allan Lopez

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