Fitch Downgrades Energy XXI Gulf Coast Inc. to 'D'

CHICAGO--()--Fitch Ratings has downgraded Energy XXI LTD's (NYSE: EXXI) and Energy XXI Gulf Coast's (EGC) Long-term IDR to 'D' following the company's filing for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.

A full list of rating actions follows this release.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

RESTRUCTURING SUPPORT AGREEMENT

On April 14, EXXI announced that it had entered into a restructuring support agreement (RSA) with certain holders of the company's second-lien notes. In order to implement the terms of the agreement, EXXI voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 relief. Under the proposals contained in the RSA, substantially all prepetition funded debt would be eliminated, other than amounts related to the first-lien bank facility. Second-lien holders would receive a pro rata share of 100% of equity in the reorganized company, subject to dilution from equity amounts attributable to a proposed long-term incentive plan for management. Under the RSA, EGC, EPL Oil & Gas, and EXXI LTD unsecured claims would receive a pro rata share of a proposed warrant package, provided they vote to accept the plan of reorganization. Existing common and preferred stock would be extinguished, with existing equity holders receiving no consideration. The RSA contemplates that John Schiller would continue as CEO of the reorganized company.

EXXI reported cash on hand of $180 million as of March 31, 2016. The company expects operations to continue as usual during the restructuring, and EXXI will manage their assets as debtors-in-possession under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court.

UPDATED RECOVERY ANALYSIS

EXXI Gulf Coast recoveries are estimated as outstanding ('RR1'; 100%) at the first-lien secured level, average ('RR4'; 31 to 50%) at the second-lien secured level, and poor ('RR6'; 0%) at the unsecured level. EXXI LTD debt and preferred stock is structurally subordinated to the assets at EXXI Gulf Coast, and receives no recovery value in our analysis ('RR6'; 0%).

KEY ASSUMPTIONS

Recovery values are based on estimated liquidation values of proved (1P) oil and natural gas reserves. Fitch begins with a standard value of $12.5/boe for an average producer, which is based on our long term price deck ($65/bbl oil, $3.25/mcf natural gas). Fitch then makes adjustments for location and quality, oil & gas mix, as well as adjustments related to the recent decline in commodity prices.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

N/A

FULL LIST OF RATING ACTIONS

Energy XXI Gulf Coast Inc.

--Long-term Issuer Default Rating downgraded to 'D' from 'C';

--Senior secured first lien revolver affirmed at 'CCC/RR1';

--Senior secured second lien notes downgraded to 'C/RR4' from 'CCC-/RR2';

--Senior unsecured notes affirmed at 'C/RR6'.

Energy XXI LTD

--Long-term IDR downgraded to 'D' from 'C';

--Convertible notes affirmed at 'C/RR6';

--Convertible perpetual preferred affirmed at 'C/RR6'.

Summary of Financial Statement Adjustments - Fitch has made no material adjustments that are not disclosed within the company's public filings.

Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com.

Applicable Criteria

Corporate Rating Methodology - Including Short-Term Ratings and Parent and Subsidiary Linkage (pub. 17 Aug 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=869362

Recovery Ratings and Notching Criteria for Non-Financial Corporate Issuers (pub. 05 Apr 2016)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=879564

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https://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=1002664

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Brad Bell, CFA
Associate Director
+1-312-368-3149
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
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or
Secondary Analyst
Mark Sadeghian, CFA
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2090
or
Committee Chairperson
Shalini Mahajan
Managing Director
+1-212-908-0351
or
Media Relations:
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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Brad Bell, CFA
Associate Director
+1-312-368-3149
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
70 West Madison Street
or
Secondary Analyst
Mark Sadeghian, CFA
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2090
or
Committee Chairperson
Shalini Mahajan
Managing Director
+1-212-908-0351
or
Media Relations:
Alyssa Castelli, +1 212-908-0540
alyssa.castelli@fitchratings.com