DALLASMatador Resources Company (NYSE: MTDR) (“Matador” or the “Company”) today announced (1) recent upgrades by Fitch Ratings, Inc. (“Fitch”) to the Company’s corporate credit rating and (2) $105 million in additional purchases of the Company’s outstanding senior notes.
Matador’s Credit Rating Upgraded by Fitch
On September 29, 2022, Fitch upgraded Matador’s Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) from ‘B+’ to ‘BB-’. In its September 29, 2022 press release, Fitch noted, “The upgrade reflects the company’s production growth momentum, Management’s continued commitment to a conservative financial policy and significant gross debt reduction, which has materially improved credit metrics. Matador’s ratings reflect the company’s high margin, oil-weighted Delaware acreage, supportive midstream assets, strong unit economics and cash netbacks, sub-1.0x leverage and clear maturity schedule.” More information regarding Fitch’s upgrade of Matador may be found at www.fitchratings.com.
$105 Million in Additional Bonds Repurchased
Between September 12, 2022 and September 30, 2022, Matador used a portion of its free cash flow to repurchase $105 million of its outstanding senior notes in a series of open market transactions, reducing its outstanding bonds from $862 million at September 12, 2022 (and $1.05 billion originally) to $757 million at the end of the third quarter. Over the past seven quarters, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2020, Matador has reduced its outstanding debt by $768 million or just over half of Matador’s then total revolving debt and senior notes outstanding.
Joseph Wm. Foran, Matador’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “We are very pleased to receive Fitch’s upgrade to our corporate credit rating. As previously announced, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Matador’s corporate family rating from ‘B1’ to ‘Ba3’ and S&P Global Ratings upgraded Matador’s corporate credit rating from ‘B+’ to ‘BB-’. We have now transitioned in the last 30 days from being a ‘single b’ company to a ‘double b’ company across the board. These upgrades reflect our ongoing commitment to repaying debt, improving capital efficiency, our production profile and cash returns to our shareholders. This upgrade also reflects the strength of both our balance sheet and our strong operational execution. We wish to express our appreciation to the rating agencies for their careful consideration of these factors in making their upgrade determination, and we look forward to working together with each of them as Matador continues to build value for its shareholders and bondholders. We look forward to sharing in late October our third quarter financial results, our operational progress and the growth in value of our oil and natural gas assets and our midstream business as part of our third quarter earnings release.”
About Matador Resources Company
Matador is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas resources in the United States, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas shale and other unconventional plays. Its current operations are focused primarily on the oil and liquids-rich portion of the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring plays in the Delaware Basin in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. Matador also operates in the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas and the Haynesville shale and Cotton Valley plays in Northwest Louisiana. Additionally, Matador conducts midstream operations in support of its exploration, development and production operations and provides natural gas processing, oil transportation services, natural gas, oil and produced water gathering services and produced water disposal services to third parties.
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