Seadrill refinances three high specification ultra-deepwater units
Seadrill Limited (“Seadrill” or the “Company”) has received commitments from 17 banks for a US$1.35 billion credit facility with a 5 year term and 10 year amortization profile to refinance the credit facilities secured by the West Pegasus, West Gemini, and West Orion. The transaction was initially launched as a US$900 million facility secured by two ultra-deepwater units. However, due to strong interest from the Company’s banking group, the facility was upsized to US$1.35 billion by including one additional ultra-deepwater unit in the collateral package. The new loan will be priced at a margin of Libor plus 2% and was substantially oversubscribed, demonstrating the strength of Seadrill’s credit in the banking market. This refinancing will provide Seadrill with US$350 million in additional cash.
By concluding this transaction the Company will be left with one ultra-deepwater and four jack-up units to be refinanced in 2015 and one ultra-deepwater and four jack-up units in 2016, totalling US$1.2 billion to be refinanced.
The Seadrill Group has gone to great lengths to diversify its sources of funding through opportunistic capital raises in the secured ECA, secured bank, unsecured bond, convertible bond, term loan B, and MLP markets. Having access to numerous markets reduces refinancing risk and leads to decreased cost of capital that ultimately maximizes value creation for shareholders. Seadrill’s diversified funding strategy has resulted in the Company being in the best possible financial situation in the Company’s history, with significant financial flexibility to support the dividend and prepared to act on potentially attractive acquisition opportunities created by the temporary weakness in the market. The Board is pleased with the significant progress made on the financing front over the last twelve months and wants to give credit to management for hard work and solid execution.
Source: Seadrill Limited