McDermott Secures Access to Financing and Forbearance Deal
McDermott said it has been granted access to the second tranche of the $1.7 billion superpriority senior secured credit facility announced on October 21, 2019.
The new tranche (Tranche B) provides McDermott with a $250 million term loan facility and a $100 million letter of credit facility.
The company expects to utilize the amounts available under Tranche B to continue financing working capital and support the issuance of required performance guarantees on new projects.
McDermott has also entered into a forbearance agreement with holders of over 35 percent of McDermott’s 10.625 percent senior notes due 2024. Under the terms of the forbearance agreement, the applicable holders of the 2024 Notes have agreed to forbear from exercising any rights related to the interest payment due on November 1, 2019, subject to certain conditions. The forbearance period extends through January 15, 2020, and may be extended further by a majority of the holders party to the forbearance agreement.
McDermott is in discussions with additional holders of the 2024 Notes and anticipates that additional holders may execute the forbearance agreement in the coming days.
The Tranche B funding is expected to allow McDermott to continue collaborative discussions regarding a long-term balance sheet solution. In connection with the Tranche B funding, the required lenders have agreed to amendments to the agreement that would waive certain conditions and modify cross-default provisions in order to facilitate the Tranche B funding.