Refinancing update, summons to bondholders' meetings in DOF Subsea AS
DOF ASA AND DOF Subsea AS: REFINANCING UPDATE, SUMMONS TO BONDHOLDERS’ MEETINGS IN DOF SUBSEA AS
As previously reported in DOF Subsea AS’ (“DOF Subsea” or the “Company”) financial report for Q2 and Q3 2019, the DOF Subsea Group (the “Group”) experience that regular financing and refinancing has been challenging.
The Group has an order backlog of approximately NOK 14 billion per 30 September 2019. The market has improved slightly, and the Company has a higher EBITDA compared to last year. However, the current EBITDA is still not sufficient to cover the Group's current amortisation profile.
DOF Subsea is in a process to negotiate a long-term financing solution, with a financial structure that is aligned with the current market.
The Company is negotiating with its banks and has a conditional commitment from its largest indirect shareholder Laco AS to, either directly or indirectly, subscribe for NOK 200 million of new cash equity, subject to agreement with banks and bondholders. The new equity is expected to be raised through a rights issue in DOF ASA to be implemented in January 2020 with expected gross proceeds of between NOK 200 million and NOK 500 million. The detailed terms of the rights issue have not yet been determined. DOF ASA will in turn inject new equity in the amount of NOK 200 million in DOF Subsea.
The key terms of the discussed new bank facilities are:
- All bank facilities in consolidated companies are merged to one new USD 680 million facility with maturity in December 2023.
- With the new facility, annual amortisations are reduced and this represents a reduction in annual amortisations of 66% average over the first 3 years.
- Interest margins largely unchanged
- New covenants to fit the current market situation.
In respect of the Company's outstanding bonds, the Company proposes, as part of the solution, a structure whereby the bonds are extended beyond the maturity of the new bank facility.
- DOFSUB07 – extended to 29 December 2023
- DOFSUB08 – extended to 14 August 2024
- DOFSUB09 – extended to 27 December 2024
Please find enclosed Summons to Bondholders' Meeting (the “Proposal”) and a Company presentation. The Company has received indication that 62% of DOFSUB08 voting bonds and 47% of DOFSUB09 voting bonds will support the Proposal.
The Issuer has engaged ABG Sundal Collier ASA and Pareto Securities AS as its financial advisors (the “Advisors”) with respect to the Proposal. Accordingly, Bondholders may contact ABG Sundal Collier ASA at +47 22 01 61 66 or Pareto Securities AS Fixed Income Sales at +47 22 87 87 70 for further information.
For further information, please contact:
CEO Mons Aase, tel. +47 91 66 10 12
CFO Hilde Drønen, tel. +47 91 66 10 09
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The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice. This announcement is made by and, and is the responsibility of, the Company. Pareto Securities AS and ABG Sundal Collier (the "Managers") are acting exclusively for the Company and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any of the matters referred to herein. Neither the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein. This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities of the Company. Neither the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement. Each of DOF ASA, the Company, the Managers and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. The distribution of this announcement and other information may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions. 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With a multi-national workforce of about 3,500 personnel, DOF ASA is an international group of companies which owns and operates a fleet of modern offshore/subsea vessels, and engineering capacity to service both the offshore and subsea market. With over 35 years in the offshore business, the group has a strong position in terms of experience, innovation, product range, technology and capacity.
DOF’s core businesses are vessel ownership, vessel management, project management, engineering, vessel operations, survey, remote intervention and diving operations primarily for the oil and gas sector. From PSV charter to Subsea engineering, DOF offers a full spectrum of top quality offshore services to facilitate an ever-growing and demanding industry.
The company's main operation centers and business units are located in Norway, the UK, the USA, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Angola, and Australia.
DOF ASA is listed on the Oslo Exchange since 1997.