Noble Energy 8-K 2005
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 4, 2005
NOBLE ENERGY, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (281) 872-3100
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On April 4, 2005, Noble Energy, Inc. (the Company) entered into a new $1,300,000,000 unsecured five-year revolving credit facility (the Facility). The Facility contains provisions that reduce the commitments over time and upon the consummation of certain sales of assets and certain issuances of debt. The Facility was entered into among the Company, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, Wachovia Bank, National Association and The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, as co-syndication agents, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Citibank, N.A., as co-documentation agents, and certain other commercial lending institutions named therein. The Company will draw down on the Facility contemporaneously with the planned acquisition of Patina Oil & Gas Corporation (the Acquisition).
The Facility is available (a) to fund the Acquisition (b) to refinance existing indebtedness of the Company and Patina Oil & Gas Corporation, and (c) for general corporate purposes. Interest rates are based upon a Eurodollar rate plus a range of 30 basis points to 100 basis points depending upon the Companys credit rating. The Facility has facility fees that range from 10 basis points to 25 basis points depending upon the Companys credit rating.
The Facility contains customary representations and warranties and affirmative and negative covenants, including, but not limited to, the following financial covenants: (a) the ratio of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Exploration Expense to interest expense for any consecutive period of four fiscal quarters ending on the last day of a fiscal quarter may not be less than 4.0 to 1.0; and (b) the total debt to capitalization ratio, expressed as a percentage, may not exceed 60 percent at any time. A violation of these covenants could result in a default under the Facility which would permit the participating banks to restrict the Companys ability to access the Facility and require the immediate repayment of any outstanding advances under the Facility.
Certain lenders that are a party to the Facility have in the past performed, and may in the future from time to time perform, investment banking, financial advisory, lending or commercial banking services for the Company and its subsidiaries, for which they have received, and may in the future receive, customary compensation and reimbursement of expenses.
The description set forth herein of the terms and conditions of the Facility is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of such agreement, which is filed with this report as Exhibit 10.1.
Please see the discussion set forth in response to Item 1.01, which is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
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