SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): February 15, 2011
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (303) 626-8300
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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ITEM 1.01 ENTRY INTO A MATERIAL DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT
On February 15, 2011, Venoco, Inc. (the Company) issued and sold $500 million aggregate principal amount of 8.875% senior notes due 2019 (the Notes) in a private placement (the Private Placement) conducted pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). The Notes are guaranteed by the Companys principal subsidiaries (the Guarantors), and were sold pursuant to a purchase agreement with certain initial purchasers that contained customary terms regarding, among other things, representations and warranties, indemnification and contribution and fees and expenses.
Also on February 15, 2011, following the closing of the Private Placement, the Company repaid all amounts outstanding under, and terminated, its second lien term loan agreement. Certain of the underwriters of the Companys recent common stock offering, certain of the initial purchasers of Notes in the Private Placement and/or their respective affiliates were lenders under the second lien term loan facility. The Company will also settle certain interest rate swap contracts related to the second lien term loan agreement and pay costs associated with such settlement.
The Notes were issued under and are governed by an indenture dated February 15, 2011 (the Indenture), among the Company, U.S. Bank Trust National Association, as trustee (Trustee), and the Guarantors. The Indenture contains customary terms, events of default and covenants relating to, among other things, the incurrence of debt, the payment of dividends or similar restricted payments, undertaking transactions with the Companys unrestricted affiliates and limitations on asset sales. Indebtedness under the Notes may be accelerated in certain circumstances upon an event of default as set forth in the Indenture.
The Notes are senior unsecured obligations of the Company and rank pari passu with all of the Companys existing and future senior debt and senior to any existing or future subordinated debt. The Notes are guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by the Guarantors. The guarantees rank pari passu with all of the existing and future senior debt of the Guarantors. The Notes and guarantees are effectively subordinated to the Companys secured debt, to the extent of the assets securing such debt, including indebtedness under the Companys revolving credit facility.
In connection with the Private Placement, the Company and the Guarantors entered into an exchange and registration rights agreement (the Registration Rights Agreement) with the initial purchasers of the Notes on February 15, 2011 pursuant to which the Company is obligated, within 180 days after the issuance of the Notes, to file with Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act a registration statement with respect to an offer to exchange the Notes for substantially identical new notes of the Company. The Company will be obligated to pay liquidated damages consisting of additional interest on the Notes if, within the periods specified in the agreement, it does not file the exchange offer registration statement or if certain other events occur.
Copies of the Indenture and the Registration Rights Agreement are filed herewith as Exhibits 4.1 and 10.1, respectively. The foregoing summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the agreements.
ITEM 1.02 TERMINATION OF A MATERIAL DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT
The information provided in Item 1.01 with respect to the termination of the second lien term loan agreement is incorporated herein by reference.
ITEM 2.03 CREATION OF A DIRECT FINANCIAL OBLIGATION OR AN OBLIGATION UNDER AN OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENT OF A REGISTRANT
The information provided in Item 1.01 is incorporated herein by reference.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.