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Hornbeck Offshore Announces Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for Its 8.000% Senior Notes Due 2017

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hornbeck Offshore Announces Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for Its 8.000% Senior Notes Due 201708:59 EDT Thursday, March 14, 2013COVINGTON, La., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) (the "Company") announced today that it has commenced a cash tender offer (the "Offer") to purchase any and all of its $250,000,000 in outstanding aggregate principal amount of 8.000% Senior Notes due 2017 (CUSIP 440543 AH 9) (the "8.000% Notes"). In connection with the Offer, the Company is soliciting consents (the "Consent Solicitation") to proposed amendments that would eliminate most of the restrictive covenants and certain default provisions contained in the indenture governing the 8.000% Notes (the "Indenture"). The Offer is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on April 10, 2013, unless extended or earlier terminated (the "Expiration Time"). Holders who validly tender their 8.000% Notes and provide their consents to the amendments to the Indenture before 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 27, 2013, unless extended (the "Consent Expiration"), will be eligible to receive the Total Consideration (as defined below). The Offer contemplates an early settlement option, so that holders whose 8.000% Notes are validly tendered prior to the Consent Expiration and accepted for purchase could receive payment on an initial settlement date ("Initial Settlement Date"), which is expected to be as early as March 28, 2013. Tenders of 8.000% Notes may be validly withdrawn and consents may be validly revoked until the Withdrawal Time (defined below). Holders who validly tender their 8.000% Notes after the Consent Expiration and prior to the Expiration Time will be eligible to receive payment on the final settlement date, which is expected to be April 11, 2013.The "Total Consideration" for each $1,000 principal amount of 8.000% Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to the Consent Expiration is $1,071.20, which includes a consent payment of $30.00 per $1,000 principal amount of 8.000% Notes. Holders tendering after the Consent Expiration will be eligible to receive only the "Tender Offer Consideration," which is $1,041.20 for each $1,000 principal amount of 8.000% Notes, and does not include a consent payment. Holders whose 8.000% Notes are purchased in the Offer will also receive accrued and unpaid interest from the most recent interest payment date for the 8.000% Notes up to, but not including, the applicable payment date. In connection with the Offer, the Company is soliciting consents to certain proposed amendments to the Indenture. Holders may not tender their 8.000% Notes without delivering consents or deliver consents without tendering their 8.000% Notes. No consent payments will be made in respect of 8.000% Notes tendered after the Consent Expiration. Following receipt of the consent of holders of a majority in aggregate principal amount of the 8.000% Notes, the Company will execute a supplemental indenture to amend the Indenture to eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants and certain events of default in the Indenture. Tendered 8.000% Notes may be withdrawn and consents may be revoked before 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 27, 2013, unless extended (the "Withdrawal Time"), but generally not afterwards, unless required by law. Any extension or termination of the Offer will be followed as promptly as practicable by a public announcement thereof. The Offer is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions including: (1) receipt of consents to the amendments to the Indenture from holders of a majority in principal amount of the outstanding 8.000% Notes governed by the Indenture, (2) execution of a supplemental indenture effecting the amendments, (3) consummation of the capital markets debt financing announced today raising proceeds on terms satisfactory to the Company in an amount sufficient to fund the Offer and (4) certain other customary conditions. The complete terms and conditions of the Offer are described in the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated March 14, 2013, copies of which may be obtained from Global Bondholder Services, the depositary and information agent for the Offer, by calling (866) 294-2200 (US toll-free) or (212) 430-3774 (collect).The Company has also retained Barclays Capital Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and DNB Markets, Inc. as dealer managers for the Offer and solicitation agents for the Consent Solicitation.  Questions regarding the terms of the Offer may be directed to Barclays Capital Inc., Liability Management Group, at (212) 528-7581 (collect) and (800) 438-3242 (US toll-free), J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at (212) 834-4802 (collect) and (866) 834-4666 (US toll-free), Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Liability Management Group, at (704) 410-4760 (collect) and (866) 309-6316 (US toll-free) and DNB Markets, Inc. at (212) 681-3911 (collect).This announcement is not an offer to purchase, a solicitation of an offer to sell or a solicitation of consents with respect to any securities. The Offer is being made solely by the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated March 14, 2013. The Offer is not being made to holders of 8.000% Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. The Company is a leading provider of technologically advanced, new generation offshore supply vessels primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Latin America, and is a leading short-haul transporter of petroleum products through its coastwise fleet of ocean-going tugs and tank barges, primarily in the northeastern U.S. and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  The Company currently owns a fleet of 79 vessels primarily serving the energy industry and has 24 additional high-spec Upstream vessels contracted, approved or under construction for delivery on various dates through 2015.Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains forward-looking statements, including, in particular, statements about the Company's plans and intentions with respect to the purchase of the 8.000% Notes, the proposed amendment to the Indenture and the construction of certain vessels.  These have been based on the Company's current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company can give no assurance that the expectations will prove to be correct.Contacts: Todd Hornbeck, CEO Jim Harp, CFOHornbeck Offshore Services 985-727-6802Ken Dennard, Managing PartnerDennard-Lascar / 713-529-6600SOURCE Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.