Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Borrowings Borrowings
The Company’s borrowings consisted of the following:
March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
(In thousands)
Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility due 2024 $1,350,000    $1,285,000   
6.25% Senior Notes due 2023
650,000    650,000   
6.125% Senior Notes due 2024
600,000    600,000   
8.25% Senior Notes due 2025
250,000    250,000   
6.375% Senior Notes due 2026
400,000    400,000   
Total principal outstanding 3,250,000    3,185,000   
Unamortized premium on 6.125% Senior Notes
5,063    5,344   
Unamortized premium on 6.25% Senior Notes
4,503    4,838   
Unamortized premium on 8.25% Senior Notes
5,047    5,286   
Unamortized deferred financing costs for Senior Notes (13,701)   (14,359)  
Total carrying value of borrowings (1)
$3,250,912    $3,186,109   

(1) Excludes unamortized deferred financing costs related to the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility of $21.4 million and $22.2 million as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, which are classified in “Other long-term assets, net” in the consolidated balance sheets.
Senior secured revolving credit facility
The Company has a senior secured revolving credit facility with a syndicate of lenders that, as of March 31, 2020, had a borrowing base of $2.5 billion, with an elected commitment amount of $2.0 billion, borrowings outstanding of $1.35 billion at a weighted-average interest rate of 2.83%, and letters of credit outstanding of $17.7 million. The credit agreement governing the revolving credit facility provides for interest-only payments until December 20, 2024 (subject to springing maturity dates of (i) January 14, 2023 if the 6.25% Senior Notes are outstanding at such time and (ii) July 2, 2024 if the 6.125% Senior Notes are outstanding at such time), when the credit agreement matures and any outstanding borrowings are due. The borrowing base under the credit agreement is subject to regular redeterminations in the spring and fall of each year, as well as special redeterminations described in the credit agreement, which in each case may reduce the amount of the borrowing base. The revolving credit facility is secured by first preferred mortgages covering the Company’s major producing properties. The capitalized terms which are not defined in this description, or in the description in “Note 15 - Subsequent Events”, of the revolving credit facility shall have the meaning given to such terms in the credit agreement.
On May 7, 2020 the Company entered into the first amendment to its credit agreement governing the revolving credit facility. See “Note 15 - Subsequent Events” for further discussion.
Borrowings outstanding under the credit agreement bear interest at the Company’s option at either (i) a base rate for a base rate loan plus a margin between 0.25% to 1.25%, where the base rate is defined as the greatest of the prime rate, the federal funds rate plus 0.50% and the adjusted LIBO rate plus 1.00%, or (ii) an adjusted LIBO rate for a Eurodollar loan plus a margin between 1.25% to 2.25%. At any time the Leverage Ratio, as defined in the credit agreement, is greater than 3.00 to 1.00, the base rate and Eurodollar loans are increased by 0.25%. The Company also incurs commitment fees at rates ranging between 0.375% to 0.500% on the unused portion of lender commitments, which are included in “Interest expense, net” in the consolidated statements of operations.
Restrictive covenants
The Company’s credit agreement contains certain covenants including restrictions on additional indebtedness, payment of cash dividends and maintenance of certain financial ratios.
Under the credit agreement, the Company must maintain the following financial covenants determined as of the last day of the quarter: (1) a Leverage Ratio, as defined in the credit agreement, of no more than 4.00 to 1.00 and (2) a Current Ratio of not less than 1.00 to 1.00. The Company was in compliance with these covenants at March 31, 2020.
The credit agreement also places restrictions on the Company and certain of its subsidiaries with respect to additional indebtedness, liens, dividends and other payments to shareholders, repurchases or redemptions of the Company’s common stock, redemptions of senior notes, investments, acquisitions, mergers, asset dispositions, transactions with affiliates, hedging transactions and other matters.
The credit agreement is subject to customary events of default. If an event of default occurs and is continuing, the lenders may elect to accelerate amounts due under the credit agreement (except in the case of a bankruptcy event of default, in which case such amounts will automatically become due and payable).