Breitburn Energy Partners (BBEP) Will Suspend Common Units Distribution
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Breitburn Energy Partners (NASDAQ: BBEP) announced that it has elected to suspend the distribution on its Common Units, effective immediately.
Halbert S. Washburn, Breitburn’s Chief Executive Officer said: “In light of the ongoing weakness in commodity prices, and crude oil prices in particular, and after careful consideration, Breitburn has decided to suspend cash distributions on its Common Units. Since December of last year we have taken a series of proactive steps to address the ongoing challenges in the commodity markets. These included: 1) reducing our capital budget by over $360 million from BBEP and QR Energy’s combined 2014 levels, to only $200 million this year; 2) strengthening our balance sheet in April by raising $1 billion in long-term debt and convertible preferred stock, the proceeds of which were used to reduce short term borrowings; 3) implementing a companywide workforce reduction plan resulting in significant savings of general and administrative expenses; and 4) reducing Common Unit distributions in both January and April to conserve cash and improve financial and operating flexibility. While the decision to suspend Common Unit distributions at this time is a difficult one, we believe it is in the long-term best interest of the company and will allow us to save approximately $111 million annually, which we can redirect to reduce debt or invest in the business and better position Breitburn for the future.”
Breitburn also announced today distributions for its 8.25% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units (NASDAQ: BBEPP) and 8.0% Series B Perpetual Convertible Preferred Units. A cash distribution of $0.171875 per Series A Unit is payable on January 15, 2016, to record holders of its Series A Units at the close of business on December 31, 2015. This monthly distribution is equal to an annual distribution of $2.0625 per Series A Unit. Breitburn has elected to pay the distribution on the Series B Units in kind by issuing additional Series B Units instead of paying a cash distribution. A distribution of 0.006666 PIK unit per Series B Unit is payable on December 15, 2015, to record holders of Series B Units at the close of business on November 30, 2015.
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