CONSOL Energy Inc. Announces Private Offering of $1.6 Billion of Senior Notes
PITTSBURGH, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) (“CONSOL”) today announced that it intends, subject to market and other conditions, to offer and sell to eligible purchasers $1.6 billion of senior notes due 2022 (the “Notes”). The Notes will be guaranteed by substantially all of CONSOL’s wholly-owned domestic restricted subsidiaries. CONSOL intends to use the net proceeds of the sale of the Notes to purchase all $1.5 billion in its outstanding 8.00% senior notes due 2017 (the “2017 Notes”) pursuant to a tender offer and consent solicitation which commenced on April 2, 2014. If any of the 2017 Notes are not purchased in the tender offer, CONSOL intends to use a portion of the net proceeds from the offering to refinance the redemption of the 2017 Notes. CONSOL intends to use any remaining proceeds to repay other outstanding senior indebtedness.
The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and the rules promulgated thereunder and applicable state securities laws. The Notes will be offered only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act and non-U.S. persons in transactions outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.
CONSOL is a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal. CONSOL is one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development and production companies, with operations centered in the major shale formations of the Appalachian basin. Additional information may be found at www.consolenergy.com.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any notes nor shall there be any sale of notes in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.
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