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Weatherford (WFT) Prices and Upsizes Senior Notes Offering

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Weatherford International plc (WFT - Free Report) declared the pricing of $540 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes. The principal amount of the notes, which are scheduled to mature by 2024 and will carry an interest rate of 9.875%, has been upsized from $500 million.

The offering of the notes will be closed by Nov 18, 2016, upon fulfillment of customary closing conditions. The offering reflects the company’s intention to repay outstanding amount under its revolving credit facility.

Switzerland-based Weatherford is a leading oilfield services company. It manufactures and provides equipment and services for drilling, completion, and production of oil and natural gas wells. The company is among the top players in each of its product/service categories and is present in most major hydrocarbon-producing regions of the world. The company enjoys very strong relationships with both publicly traded and national oil companies, worldwide.

However, Weatherford’s reported third-quarter 2016 adjusted loss of 39 cents per share was much wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 24 cents and the year-earlier adjusted loss of 5 cents. Moreover, revenues of $1,356 million decreased significantly from $2,237 million in the year-ago period and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5.2%.

As a result, Weatherford currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked players in the energy sector are Ultra Petroleum Corp. (UPLMQ - Free Report) , EQT Midstream Partners, LP (EQM - Free Report) and Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (HLX - Free Report) .     

Ultra Petroleum is likely to witness year-over-year earnings growth of 425.8% in the current year. The company sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

EQT Midstream is projected to witness year-over-year earnings growth of almost 12% in the current year. It has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Helix Energy posted an average positive earnings surprise of 56.42% in the last four quarters. The company has a Zacks Rank #2.

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