Vanguard Natural Resources (VNR) Makes Interest Payment on Senior Notes; Enters Limited Waiver w/ First Lien Lenders

October 26, 2016 5:23 PM EDT

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Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (Nasdaq: VNR) announced it made the approximate $15 million semi-annual interest payment on its 7.875% Senior Notes due 2020 (the “Notes”). In addition, the Company entered into a Limited Waiver and Eleventh Amendment (the “Waiver and Eleventh Amendment”) to its reserve-based credit facility with the lenders thereto (the “First Lien Lenders”). Pursuant to the Waiver and Eleventh Amendment, Vanguard’s First Lien Lenders waived the covenant requiring the Company to maintain liquidity in excess of $50 million as a condition to making the current semi-annual interest payment on the Notes and the approximately $2.1 million semi-annual interest payment due on December 1, 2016 on the Company’s 8 3/8% Senior Notes due 2019.

The Company has monetized certain of its outstanding commodity price hedge agreements and as a condition to the Waiver and Eleventh Amendment used the proceeds first to prepay the First Lien Lenders the two remaining deficiency payments under the borrowing base redetermination in May 2016 of $29.3 million as well as prepay the first anticipated deficiency payment of $37.5 million under the new expected borrowing base redetermination. The Company expects that the semi-annual borrowing base redetermination will be completed by the First Lien Lenders on November 3, 2016 with an anticipated decrease to the borrowing base from $1.325 billion to $1.1 billion. The Company intends to repay the remaining borrowing base deficiency of $187.5 million in five equal monthly installments of $37.5 million beginning in January 2017.

Mr. Richard A. Robert, Executive Vice President and CFO, commented, “While these events don’t represent a solution to our bank debt or liquidity issues, they do provide the Company additional time to continue our efforts to obtain alternative financing and/or monetize certain assets.”

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