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Bill Barrett Corporation Distressed Debt Exchange

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On June 9, 2016, S&P Global Ratings raised the corporate credit rating on Bill Barrett Corporation to B- from SD and its 7.625% senior unsecured notes due 2019 to CCC from D. “The upgrade reflects our reassessment of the company’s corporate credit rating following the debt-for-equity exchange of its 7.625% senior unsecured notes due 2019, and also reflects our expectation that there will be no further distressed exchanges over the next 12 months,” said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Kevin Kwok.

Previously, on June 6, 2016, S&P Global Ratings lowered its corporate credit rating on Bill Barrett Corporation to SD from B- and its 7.625% senior notes due 2019 to D from CCC. The rating on the Company’s 7% senior unsecured notes due 2022 remains CCC. “The downgrade reflects our assessment that the debt for equity exchange on Bill Barrett’s 7.625% senior unsecured notes was a distressed exchange based on the holders receiving less than face value, and our view that we expect a significant deterioration in the company’s operating cash flow in 2016 and 2017 due to weak commodity prices,” said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Kevin Kwok.  Read more on distressed companies.