SDLP - Announces Closing of TLB Amendment
London, United Kingdom, July 30, 2020 - On July 20, 2020, Seadrill Partners LLC (the “Company”) announced that it had reached an agreement with Term Loan B (“TLB”) lenders representing over 70% of TLB principal amounts outstanding (the “Ad Hoc Group”) that creates a super senior loan in lieu of a cash interest payment due on June 30, 2020 (the “Interest Payment”) and provides the Company with the flexibility to address its 2020 debt maturities by paying down c.$230 million in secured bank debt (the “Amendment”).
The consent solicitation period for the non-Ad Hoc Group TLB lenders’ participation in the super senior loan expired on July 28, 2020 and the Amendment has closed. As a result, a $63.7 million super senior loan maturing in February 2021 was created carrying PIK interest of Libor+1000 bps and a 10% exit premium. The Amendment provides for certain cash restrictions and milestones including that the Company complete a recapitalization reasonably acceptable to the required lenders on or prior to December 15, 2020.
The Company has retired c.$230 million in secured bank debt and the vessels securing such bank debt will become part of the collateral securing the TLB and super senior loan.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This report includes forward looking statements. Such statements are generally not historical in nature, and specifically include statements about the Company’s plans, strategies, business prospects, changes and trends in its business and the markets in which it operates. In particular, but without limitation, statements regarding the expected benefits of or flexibilities provided by the Amendment to the TLB are considered forward-looking statements. These statements are made based upon management’s current plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and therefore involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to offshore drilling market conditions including supply and demand, dayrates, customer drilling programs and effects of new rigs on the market, contract awards and rig mobilizations, contract backlog, the performance of the drilling units in the Company’s fleet, delay in payment or disputes with customers, the outcome of any pending litigation, our ability to successfully employ our drilling units, procure or have access to financing, liquidity and adequacy of cash flow from operations, fluctuations in the international price of oil, changes in governmental regulations that affect the Company or the operations of the Company’s fleet, increased competition in the offshore drilling industry, and general economic, political and business conditions globally. Important additional factors include the Company’s operational dependency on Seadrill Limited for certain management and technical support services, the Company’s ability to continue to comply with loan covenants and the Company’s ability to negotiate the refinancing of its near term debt maturities with its lenders and whether the terms of any such refinancing would be as favorable as or any more favorable than the terms of the Company’s existing term loan facility. Consequently, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. When considering these forward looking statements, you should keep in mind the risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of these factors. Further, the Company cannot assess the impact of each such factor on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to be materially different from those contained in any forward looking statement.