Calfrac Announces Extension and Amendment of Credit Facilities

CALGARY, Sept. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Calfrac Well Services Ltd. ("Calfrac" or the "Company") (TSX–CFW) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with its lenders which amends and extends its credit facilities (the "Credit Facilities"). The principal amendments to the Credit Facilities include, among others, the following items:

  • an extension of the maturity date from September 27, 2018 to June 1, 2020;

  • a voluntary reduction in the Credit Facilities from $300 million to $275 million, which is still anticipated to provide Calfrac with more than sufficient liquidity and will result in lower stand-by fees;

  • the continued inclusion of the equity cure provision which permits the previously funded equity cure to be utilized at any time prior to the extended maturity date, subject to the same conditions which were included in the December 2015 amendments;

  • a reduction in the maximum funded debt-to-EBITDA ratio to 3.0x;

  • the continued inclusion of a borrowing base which limits advances under the Credit Facilities based on North American accounts receivable, cash on hand and fixed asset values;

  • the removal of the pricing levels which were added in the December 2015 amendments, although provision was made for increased pricing of up to 100 basis points during periods where the net total debt-to-EBITDA ratio exceeds 5.0x; and

  • a prohibition on utilizing advances under the Credit Facilities to redeem or repay subordinated debt while net total debt-to-EBITDA exceeds 5.0x.

Calfrac's Chief Financial Officer, Mike Olinek, commented: "We are very pleased to report a 20-month extension to the Credit Facilities with our lending syndicate. Business conditions have continued to improve significantly for Calfrac in 2017, and our management team is highly focused on achieving further progress in revenue growth, cost management and margin expansion. The announced extension of our Credit Facilities is one important element of our ongoing financing plan, and positions Calfrac to advance our strategy in the context of an improving business environment over the next three years leading up to the maturity of our long-term indebtedness."

Calfrac's common shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "CFW".  Calfrac provides specialized oilfield services to exploration and production companies designed to increase the production of hydrocarbons from wells drilled throughout western Canada, the United States, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. More particularly and without limitation, this press release contains forward-looking statements and information relating to Calfrac's liquidity, business environment and financing strategy.

These forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Calfrac in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances, including, but not limited to, the following: the economic and political environment in which Calfrac operates; Calfrac's expectations for its customers' capital budgets and geographical areas of focus; the effect unconventional oil and gas projects have had on supply and demand fundamentals for oil and natural gas; Calfrac's existing contracts and the status of current negotiations with key customers and suppliers; the effectiveness of cost reduction measures instituted by Calfrac; and the likelihood that the current tax and regulatory regime will remain substantially unchanged. 

Although Calfrac believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information as Calfrac cannot give any assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, risks associated with: global economic conditions; the level of exploration, development and production for oil and natural gas in Canada, the United States, Russia, Argentina and Mexico; the demand for fracturing and other stimulation services during drilling and completion of oil and natural gas wells; volatility in market prices for oil and natural gas and the effect of this volatility on the demand for oilfield services generally; excess oilfield equipment levels; regional competition; the availability of capital on satisfactory terms; restrictions resulting from compliance with debt covenants and risk of acceleration of indebtedness; direct and indirect exposure to volatile credit markets, including credit rating risk; sourcing, pricing and availability of raw materials, component parts, equipment, suppliers, facilities and skilled personnel; currency exchange rate risk; risks associated with foreign operations; operating restrictions and compliance costs associated with legislative and regulatory initiatives relating to hydraulic fracturing and the protection of workers and the environment; changes in legislation and the regulatory environment; dependence on, and concentration of, major customers; liabilities and risks, including environmental liabilities and risks, inherent in oil and natural gas operations; uncertainties in weather and temperature affecting the duration of the service periods and the activities that can be completed; liabilities and risks associated with prior operations; liabilities relating to legal and/or administrative proceedings; failure to maintain Calfrac's safety standards and record; failure to realize anticipated benefits of acquisitions and dispositions; the ability to integrate technological advances and match advances from competitors; intellectual property risks; third party credit risk; and the effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other risk factors that could affect Calfrac's operations or financial results are included in Calfrac's annual information form and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com). The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Calfrac does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

For further information: Fernando Aguilar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (403) 266-6000, Fax: (403) 266-7381; Michael Olinek, Chief Financial Officer, Telephone: (403) 266-6000, Fax: (403) 266-7381; Scott Treadwell, Vice President, Capital Markets and Strategy, Telephone: (403) 266-6000, Fax: (403) 266-7381