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LINN Energy Announces Payment of Interest Due Under Certain Senior Notes; Provides Update on Strategic Alternatives Process; Enters Into Amendments to Credit Facilities

HOUSTON, April 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LINN Energy, LLC (“LINN” or "Company") (LINE) and LinnCo, LLC (LNCO) announced that LINN and Berry Petroleum Company, LLC (“Berry”) made interest payments on April 14, 2016 of approximately $30 million on LINN’s 7.75% senior notes due February 2021, $12 million on LINN’s 6.50% senior notes due September 2021 and approximately $18 million on Berry’s senior notes due September 2022 within the applicable 30-day period provided in the indentures governing the notes, for which payment had been previously deferred from the original due date of March 15, 2016.

Strategic Alternatives Related to the Company’s Capital Structure

As previously announced, the Company is currently in the process of exploring strategic alternatives to strengthen its balance sheet and maximize the value of the Company and has engaged its financial and legal advisors along with its lenders in discussions on how to best reduce the Company’s debt and ensure its long-term liquidity needs are met, including the possibility of restructuring under a chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

As part of this process, LINN and Berry intend to elect to exercise the 30-day grace period with respect to an interest payment due April 15, 2016 of approximately $31 million on LINN’s 8.625% senior notes due April 2020 and interest payments due May 1, 2016 of approximately $18.2 million on LINN’s 6.25% senior notes due May 2019 and approximately $8.8 million on Berry’s 6.75% senior notes due November 2020. If LINN fails to make the interest payments within the applicable 30-day grace period and is otherwise unable to obtain a waiver or other suitable relief from the holders under the indentures governing the senior notes prior to the expiration of the 30-day grace period, the...