Oceanteam has reached an understanding with its bondholders on the main terms of the bond loan. As part of a financial restructuring announced in October 2016, the company entered into talks with its banks and its bondholders.
“We expect to need another few weeks to finalise our talks with the bondholders. This is good news for our employees, suppliers, clients, creditors and for our business partners. A final agreement will be the most critical milestone to create a strengthened financial foundation and to align Oceanteam with today's market dynamics,” said Oceanteam’s chief financial officer Wilhelm Bohn. “We have reached an understanding to repay the bond in full, to extend the loan maturity and to reduce the cash interest costs enabling.”
The new terms will not include any equity offering by the company’s current shareholders. However, significant cash compensation due to chief executive officer Haico Halbesma, also one of the company’s main shareholders, will be deferred as part of the agreement. Furthermore, there is an understanding to use the proceeds from the sale of North Ocean 105 for repayment of vendors and of secured lenders of Oceanteam and an understanding of a mechanism for repurchase of the bond on an on-going basis.
“The progress and developments made so far and the continued support provided by the Halbesma family as main shareholders, confirms the commitment and strong belief that we have in the future success of Oceanteam. The understanding reached with the bondholders is a key step forward. It will allow the company to further develop its current market activities, to take advantage of new business opportunities, and thus to allow us to build long-term value for the benefit of all Oceanteam’s stakeholders and employees,” said Mr Halbesma.