SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
January 11, 2013
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On January 11, 2013, Atmos Energy Corporation (Atmos Energy) completed a public offering of $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.15% Senior Notes due 2043 (the Notes). The offering has been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-165818) of Atmos Energy (the Registration Statement), and the prospectus supplement dated January 8, 2013, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act on January 9, 2013. Atmos Energy received net proceeds from the offering, after the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses, of approximately $494 million.
The Notes were issued pursuant to an indenture dated as of March 26, 2009 (the Base Indenture) between Atmos Energy and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee (the (Trustee), and an officers certificate delivered to the Trustee pursuant to Section 301 of the Base Indenture (the Officers Certificate); the Base Indenture, as modified by the Officers Certificate, is referred to herein as the Indenture. The Notes are represented by a global security executed by Atmos Energy on January 11, 2013 (the Global Security) and are unsecured obligations ranking equally with all of Atmos Energys existing and future senior indebtedness and are senior in right of payment to any future indebtedness that is subordinated to the Notes. The Notes bear interest at an annual rate of 4.15%, payable by Atmos Energy on January 15 and July 15 of each year, beginning on July 15, 2013, and mature on January 15, 2043. Atmos Energy may redeem the Notes at its option at any time, in whole or in part, at a redemption price calculated in accordance with the Indenture.
The Indenture includes covenants that limit the ability of Atmos Energy and its restricted subsidiaries (as defined) to, among other things, (i) create specified liens, (ii) engage in specified sale and leaseback transactions, (iii) consolidate or merge with or into other companies or (iv) sell all or substantially all of Atmos Energys assets. The restrictive covenants are subject to a number of exceptions and qualifications set forth in the Indenture. The Indenture provides for events of default, including (i) interest payment defaults, (ii) breaches of covenants, (iii) certain payment defaults at final maturity or acceleration of other indebtedness and (iv) the occurrence of events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization. If any event of default occurs and is continuing, subject to certain exceptions, the Trustee or the holders of at least 25% in aggregate principal amount of the then outstanding Notes may declare all the Notes to be due and payable immediately, together with any accrued and unpaid interest.
The above descriptions are qualified in their entirety by reference to the text of the Base Indenture, the Officers Certificate and the Global Security. The Base Indenture has been previously filed, and the Officers Certificate and Global Security are filed as Exhibits 4.1 and 4.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, respectively, and are each incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
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