Offshore energy services provider,
Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
) has entered into a new credit agreement to replace its soon to
expire credit facility and fund the early redemption of a series
of Senior Unsecured Notes. The early redemption of notes along
with the new credit facility would lower the company's cost of
capital fuelling its growth plans towards well intervention and
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Helix has entered into a new credit agreement of $900 million
with a syndicated bank lending group. Of the total, $600 million
is a revolving credit facility and $300 million is a term loan.
The revolving credit facility would replace the company's
existing credit facility expiring in Jul 2015. Simultaneously the
term loan would fund the early redemption of $275 million of
Senior Unsecured Notes.
Helix would redeem the aforementioned notes on Jul 22, 2013
dishing out a total call premium of $6.5 million and absorbing a
non-cash charge of $8.7 million.
A consortium of subsidiaries of banking giants
Bank of America Corporation
Wells Fargo & Company
) are acting as the joint lead arrangers and joint book running
managers of the new facilities. Bank of America will also serve
as the administrative agent.
Houston, TX-based Helix Energy Solutions Group offers marine
contracting services, apart from operating offshore oil/gas
properties and production units. The company looks to add value
to the clients' energy assets by deploying vessels from its
diverse portfolio of contracting fleet.
In the first quarter release on Apr 21, Helix delivered a
positive 38.9% earnings surprise - the third outperformance in 4
quarters - propelled by strong customer demand for its services.
Subsequently, shares of the energy services firm hit a 52-week
high of $25.99 on May 20. In fact, Helix has already seen its
stock climb some 50% during the past 12 months.
Following this price appreciation, any upside from here may be
limited. As a result, Helix currently retains a Zacks Rank #3
(Hold), implying that it is expected perform in line with the
broader U.S. equity market over the next one to three months.
Meanwhile, one can look at
Newpark Resources Inc.
) as a good buying opportunity. This energy equipment service
provider - sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) - has a solid
secular growth story with the potential to rise significantly
from current levels.