Solstad and Ocean Yield in fresh extension of standstill agreement for anchor handling duo

Ocean Yield, a ship owning company with investments in vessels on long -term charters, has agreed to extend the standstill period with Solstad Offshore and its subsidiaries for two anchor handlers.

Far Statesman

Ocean Yield said on Wednesday that its subsidiary, F-Shiplease, had agreed to extend the standstill period with Solstad Offshore for the Far Senator and Far Statesman AHTS vessels up to and including April 30.

A large majority of the stakeholders of Solstad, including secured lenders, leasing companies, industrial shareholders and key bondholders established a common plan to finalize negotiations based on a restructuring outline, announced on Tuesday, to the benefit of all stakeholders.

As such, the relevant stakeholders have confirmed their intention to work together to enter into a binding agreement for the restructuring outline within the end of April 2020.

Solstad and Ocean Yield agreed that the existing lease agreements of F-Shiplease will be terminated and replaced by new lease agreements with a duration of four years, with certain cancellation options in favour of F-Shiplease during the term of the charters.

According to Ocean Yield, the charter rate payable under the new lease agreements will be a reference rate equal to the average per vessel EBITDA in a pool of seven similar UT731 design vessels.

The underlying commercial principle of the new lease agreements will be that F-Shiplease will carry all upside and downside from the operation of its vessels during the charter period. Solstad will only receive cost coverage for its operation of the vessels.

The remaining estimated net claim of F-Shiplease following the termination of the existing lease agreements will be converted into shares in Solstad using the same conversion rate as that used for the conversion of the debt to the secured lenders of Solstad.

To remind, Solstad and Ocean Yield initially entered into the standstill agreement back in December 2018.

At the time, Ocean Yield secured lenders to certain subsidiaries of Solstad Offshore that previously were part of the Farstad Shipping Group and entered into a six-month standstill period with respect to payment of interest, instalments, and charter hire.

During the standstill period, Solstad Offshore intended to implement a financial restructuring of the company. However, as Solstad’s restructuring negotiations were not completed during the six-month period, the two companies in June 2019 entered into an extension of the standstill period up to and including October 31, 2019.

After that extension expired, the two companies agreed another extension in October, which expired on March 31, 2020.

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