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April 10, 2014
09:16 EDTBX, RTKRentech announces $150M investment from Blackstone's GSO Capital
Rentech (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), will invest $150M in Rentech in the form of $100M of convertible preferred stock and a $50M term loan. The transactions closed on April 9. In connection with this investment, Blackstone/GSO appointed two members to Rentech’s Board of Directors: Douglas Ostrover, a senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, and Patrick Moore, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a paper-based packaging company with significant wood fibre operations. Rentech also announced a settlement with Concerned Rentech Shareholders, whereby CRS will approve an additional member to join Rentech’s Board of Directors and the board’s newly formed Finance Committee. Proceeds from Blackstone/GSO’s investment will fund identified growth opportunities in Rentech’s wood fibre processing business. Rentech also announced changes to its Board of Directors today: Douglas Ostrover, senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, has joined the board. Mr. Ostrover brings shareholder representation and significant finance experience. He has personally overseen GSO’s deployment of $65 billion of capital. Mr. Ostrover will be the chairman of the board’s Finance Committee. Blackstone/GSO appointed Patrick J. Moore, former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, to the board.
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February 27, 2015
20:35 EDTBXBlackstone management to meet with Sterne Agee
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February 26, 2015
12:56 EDTBXKKR's Samson in restructuring talks, WSJ says
KKR's (KKR) Samson Resources is in discussions with restructuring advisers at Blackstone (BX) and other firms on how to handle its $3.8B long-term debt, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that Samson previously expressed interest in selling some oil and gas fields. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
09:13 EDTBXBlackstone seeks coalition partners to invest outside its funds, WSJ reports
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February 23, 2015
08:42 EDTBXBlackstone Energy Partners II is oversubscribed at $4.5B
Blackstone announced the commencement of the investment period for its second energy-focused private equity fund, Blackstone Energy Partners II, with total commitments of $4.5B. BEP II received significant interest from both existing and new investors, with demand well surpassing the fund’s $4.5B hard cap. Investors in the fund include a diverse group of U.S. state pension funds, corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices. Like its predecessor fund BEP I, a $2.4B fund that had its final close in September 2012, BEP II will invest in control-oriented equity and equity-linked interests in companies, assets and development projects in the energy and natural resources sector on a global basis. To date, Blackstone’s energy-focused private equity team of professionals has deployed over $8B in this strategy. Blackstone's $16B diversified global private equity fund will continue to invest alongside BEP II in energy transactions on a 50/50 basis.
07:10 EDTRTKRentech unit acquires assets of Allegheny Pellet Corporation for $7M in cash
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February 18, 2015
06:03 EDTBXAllen Systems Group reaches agreement with senior lenders on debt restructuring
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February 17, 2015
07:06 EDTRTKRentech says 'supports' decision by Rentech Nitrogen to explore alternatives
Rentech, Inc. (RTK) stated that it supports the decision by the board of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. (RNF) to retain a financial advisor to evaluate strategic alternatives for the partnership. Rentech owns the general partner and approximately 60% of the common units of Rentech Nitrogen.
07:05 EDTRTKRentech Nitrogen says exploring strategic alternatives
Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. (RNF) that its Board of Directors has initiated a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives for the partnership, which may include a sale of the partnership, a merger with another party, a sale of some or all of the assets of the partnership, or another strategic transaction. The Board of Directors of Rentech, Inc. (RTK), which is the General Partner of, and owns approximately 60% of the common units of, the partnership, concurred with the partnership’s decision to explore its strategic alternatives. Rentech Nitrogen has retained Morgan Stanley as its financial advisor to assist with the strategic review process. The partnership stated that there can be no assurance that this strategic review process will result in a transaction. Rentech Nitrogen has not set a timetable for completion of the review process, and it does not intend to comment further regarding the review process unless a specific transaction is approved by its Board of Directors, the review process is concluded, or it is otherwise determined that further disclosure is appropriate or required by law.
07:02 EDTRTK, BXRentech secures additional loan commitment of up to $63M from GSO Capital
Rentech, Inc. (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), has increased its credit facility for Rentech by up to $63M. The majority of the proceeds from this new facility are expected to fund completion of Rentech’s Canadian wood pellet projects through positive cash flow. Rentech now estimates the cost to complete the construction of its Canadian wood pellet projects to be $125M-$130M. Rentech expects that the new term loan, together with its other cash resources, will be sufficient to fund its Atikokan and Wawa pellet projects until they have been commissioned and begin to generate positive cash flow. Rentech currently estimates that the cost to acquire and construct the two plants will be $125M-$130M, up from $105M. The majority of the increase is due to delays in construction and higher labor costs for installation of electrical and mechanical components. Rentech expects that working capital and the cost to commission the plants will add approximately $6 to $10 million to the estimated total project cost. Rentech does not expect the plants to generate positive EBITDA or cash flow for the year 2015. Annual stabilized EBITDA projected for both plants remains in line with previous guidance of C$17M-C$20M.

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