Premier Oil bond holders jump at trade-in offer

Energy firm Premier Oil's trade-in offer for its convertible bonds due 2014 has met with a very strong response.

Energy firm Premier Oil's trade-in offer for its convertible bonds due 2014 has met with a very strong response.

Holders representing 98.13% of the $250m of guaranteed convertible bonds due 2014 have elected to exchange their existing bonds for guaranteed convertible bonds due 2018.

The new bonds will have a conversion price of $7.00 and a coupon (interest rate) of 2.5%. This compares with the existing convertible bonds, which have a conversion price of $6.69 and a coupon of 2.875%.

Following completion of the exchange offer, Premier is intending to exercise its right under the terms and conditions of the existing bonds to redeem the remaining $4.7m of bonds at par (redemption price) plus accrued interest.

JH

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