Höegh LNG - has signed the USD 250 million Senior Secured Credit Facility for the financing of the FSRU for Lithuania
Reference is made to the stock exchange notice dated 17 August 2012 where Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. ("Höegh LNG" or the "Company") announced that the Company had received commitment letters from four banks for a USD 250 million corporate facility for the financing of the FSRU to be delivered for the Klaipedos Nafta FSRU project in Lithuania. The four banks are DNB Bank ASA, Nordea Bank Norge ASA, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) and Swedbank AB. Höegh LNG has now entered into a firm agreement for the Facility.
The Facility is 75% guaranteed by the Korean credit agency K-sure and the Norwegian credit agency GIEK. It has a tenor of 7 years and an overall profile of 16 years. The interest rate will be swapped from floating to fixed for the length of the underlying commercial agreement and we expect the total fixed interest rate to come in at around 5%.
Höegh LNG's President and Chief Executive Officer, Sveinung J. S. Støhle, said in a comment: "We are very pleased to have closed the financing of the Klaipedos Nafta FSRU with four of our Scandinavian core banks and having both Korean and Norwegian export credit agencies guaranteeing the Facility. This confirms and underlines Höegh LNG's ability to raise long-term debt financing for its FSRU projects at competitive terms. We are also very pleased with the Klaipedos Nafta FSRU project being on schedule in all aspects for a planned start-up in Q3 2014".
About Höegh LNG
Höegh LNG is a provider of floating LNG infrastructure services, offering regasification, transportation and production services under long-term contracts. The company operates a fleet of six LNG transportation vessels and two floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). In addition, Höegh LNG has four new FSRUs on order and has developed a solution for floating LNG production (FLNG). Höegh LNG is a Bermuda based company with established presence in Oslo, Singapore, London and Tampa. The Company employs about 80 office staff and about 350 sea farers.
Sveinung J. S. Støhle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telephone +47 975 57 402
Steffen Føreid, Chief Financial Officer, Telephone + 47 975 57 406
Arild Jæger, Investor Relations, Telephone +47 975 57 408
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act or the Continuing Obligations of Oslo Børs.