SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): January 17, 2019
ULTRA PETROLEUM CORP.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
|(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)|
116 Inverness Drive East,
Englewood, Colorado 80112
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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|Item 7.01.|| |
Regulation FD Disclosure.
On January 17, 2019, Ultra Petroleum Corp. (the Company) issued a press release announcing the opinion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (the Appellate Court) with respect to the Companys pending make-whole and postpetition interest claims, as further described under Item 8.01 below. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated into this Item 7.01 by reference.
The information contained or incorporated in this Item 7.01 shall not be deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any of the Companys filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof and regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings, except to the extent expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
|Item 8.01.|| |
As previously disclosed, on April 29, 2016, the Company and its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the Bankruptcy Code) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the Bankruptcy Court). The Companys chapter 11 cases were jointly administered under the caption In re Ultra Petroleum Corp., et al, Case No. 16-32202 (MI) (Bankr. S.D. Tex.). On February 13, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court approved the Companys amended Disclosure Statement (by order subsequently amended on February 21, 2017), on March 14, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court confirmed the Companys Debtors Second Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, and on April 12, 2017, the Company emerged from bankruptcy.
As previously disclosed, during the Companys bankruptcy proceedings, many holders of the Companys prepetition indebtedness filed proofs of claim with the Bankruptcy Court, asserting various claims against the Company, including claims for unpaid postpetition interest (including interest at the default rates under the prepetition debt agreements), make-whole amounts, and other fees and obligations allegedly arising under the prepetition debt agreements. The Company disputed the claims made by the holders of Companys prepetition indebtedness for certain make-whole amounts and postpetition interest at the default rates provided for in the prepetition debt agreements. On September 22, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court denied the Companys objection to the pending make-whole and postpetition interest claims. Further, on October 6, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order requiring the Company to distribute amounts attributable to the disputed claims to the applicable parties. Pursuant to the order, on October 12, 2017, the Company distributed $399.0 million from a $400.0 million reserve fund set up in connection with its emergence from chapter 11 proceedings to the parties asserting the make-whole and postpetition interest claims and $1.3 million (the balance remaining after distributions to the parties asserting claims) was returned to the Company. The disbursement of $399.0 million was comprised of $223.8 million representing the fees owed under the make-whole claims described above and $175.2 million representing postpetition interest at the default rate.
On January 17, 2019, the Appellate Court issued an opinion vacating the order of the Bankruptcy Court denying the Companys objection to the asserted make-whole and postpetition interest claims, and remanding the matter and those determinations to the Bankruptcy Court for further reconsideration.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K, including the exhibit hereto, include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, including but not limited to statements relating to the make-whole premium, post-petition interest claims, and the ultimate outcome of the make-whole litigation on remand to the Bankruptcy Court. Any statement, including any opinions, forecasts, projections or other statements, other than statements of historical fact, are or may be forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements herein are reasonable, the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct and actual results may differ materially from those projected or reflected in such statements. Certain risks and uncertainties inherent in the Companys
business as well as risks and uncertainties related to its operational and financial results are set forth in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), particularly in the section entitled Risk Factors included in the Companys most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, its most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and from time to time in other filings made by the Company with the SEC. Some of these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Companys ability to decrease its leverage or fixed charges, increased competition, the timing and extent of changes in prices for oil and gas, particularly in the areas where the Company owns properties, conducts operations, and markets its production, as well as the timing and extent of the Companys success in discovering, developing, producing and estimating oil and gas reserves, weather and government regulation, and the availability of oil field services, personnel and equipment. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K. All forward-looking statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future results or otherwise.
|Item 9.01.|| |
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release of Ultra Petroleum Corp., dated January 17, 2019.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
January 18, 2019
|ULTRA PETROLEUM CORP.|
|By:||/s/ Andrew C. Kidd|
|Name:||Andrew C. Kidd|
|Title:||Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ultra Petroleum Corp. Announces Favorable Opinion for Company on
Make-Whole Litigation Appeal
Englewood, Colorado January 17, 2019 Ultra Petroleum Corp. (Ultra Petroleum or the Company) (NASDAQ: UPL) announces that earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit delivered a favorable opinion in the appeal proceedings by Ultra Petroleum about the make-whole claims that had been asserted against the Company. This is a victory for Ultra Petroleum, reversing a bankruptcy court decision that had required the Company to pay approximately $400 million to various creditors following the Companys emergence from Chapter 11 proceedings.
We are very pleased with the Fifth Circuits decisive opinion reversing and remanding the prior judgment against Ultra Petroleum. We remain committed to this appeals process and ultimately believe the outcome of any final decision will be consistent with todays Fifth Circuit ruling, which would result in the recoupment back to the Company of up to approximately $260 million of non-settled claim amounts that were previously paid out by the Company to various creditors, said Brad Johnson, Interim CEO.
After the Company and its subsidiaries petitioned for reorganization under Chapter 11 in 2016, certain creditors asserted that they were entitled not just to principal and pre-petition interest on certain debt instruments, but also to a contractual make-whole premium and post-petition interest at a contractually defined rate. On appeal, the Fifth Circuit reversed the bankruptcy courts decision and remanded for further proceedings. The Fifth Circuit rejected the bankruptcy courts determination that the creditors had been impaired merely by operation of the Bankruptcy Code, holding instead that creditors are impaired only if a reorganization plan itself alters legal, equitable, or contractual rights. The Fifth Circuit expressed doubt that the creditors are entitled to payment of the make-whole and indicated that the creditors claim for the make-whole premium would be disallowed under the Bankruptcy Code. Finally, the Fifth Circuit indicated that post-petition interest should be determined according to the statutory federal judgment rate, rather than at a higher contractual rate.
About Ultra Petroleum
Ultra Petroleum Corp. is an independent energy company engaged in domestic natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The Company is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the ticker symbol UPL.
Additional information on the Company is available at www.ultrapetroleum.com. In addition, our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are available by written request to Ultra Petroleum Corp. at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 400, Englewood, CO 80112 (Attention: Investor Relations) or on our website (www.ultrapetroleum.com) or from the SEC on their website at www.sec.gov or by telephone request at 1-800-SEC-0330.
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including but not limited to statements relating to the make-whole premium, post-petition interest claims, and the ultimate outcome of the make-whole litigation on remand to the bankruptcy court. Any statement, including any opinions, forecasts, projections or other statements, other than statements of historical fact, are or may be forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements herein are
reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct and actual results may differ materially from those projected or reflected in such statements. In addition, certain risks and uncertainties inherent in our business as well as risks and uncertainties related to our operational and financial results are set forth in our filings with the SEC, particularly in the section entitled Risk Factors included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and from time to time in other filings made by the Company with the SEC. Some of these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, increased competition, the timing and extent of changes in prices for oil and gas, particularly in the areas where we own properties, conduct operations, and market our production, as well as the timing and extent of our success in discovering, developing, producing and estimating oil and gas reserves, our ability to successfully monetize the properties we are marketing, weather and government regulation, and the availability of oil field services, personnel and equipment.
For further information contact:
303-708-9740, ext. 9898