SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) today announced the commencement of an underwritten public offering of 20,000,000 shares of its common stock, subject to market and other conditions. The underwriters will have an option to purchase up to an additional 3,000,000 shares (15% of the number of shares offered) from Abraxas. We plan to use the net proceeds from this offering (including any proceeds from the exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares) to accelerate our drilling program with an expanded 2017 capital expenditure budget of approximately $110 million. We may also use such proceeds for general corporate purposes including acquisitions. We have historically drawn on our bank credit facility to fund our capital expenditures and intend to initially use most of the net proceeds from this offering to repay the amounts outstanding under this facility.
Seaport Global Securities LLC, Canaccord Genuity Inc. and Stephens Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement for the offering may be obtained on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission, www.sec.gov, or by contacting Seaport Global Securities LLC, 360 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10017, or by telephone at: (646) 264‐5629, or by email at [email protected]; Canaccord Genuity Inc., ATTN: Syndicate Department, 99 High Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA 02110, or by telephone at (617) 371-3900; or Stephens Inc.’s Prospectus Department at Stephens Inc., 111 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, ATTN: Prospectus Department ([email protected]) or by telephone at (501) 377-2131.
The common stock will be issued and sold pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. This offering may only be made by means of a prospectus supplement and related base prospectus.
Abraxas Petroleum Corporation is a San Antonio based crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations across the Rocky Mountain, Permian Basin and South Texas regions of the United States.