Trico noteholders support restructuring
Troubled offshore support specialist Trico Marine Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: TMAR ) announced today that more than 67% percent of the holders of its $250 million 8 7/8 senior notes due 2012 have agreed to support a consensual financial restructuring of the company.
"Today's agreement is very positive news for all of Trico's employees, customers and vendors. It will allow Trico to convert 100% of the senior notes into equity, which reduces the company's debt balance by $250 million and will permit Trico to emerge as a financially stronger, more efficient company, giving us a competitive advantage in the long run," said Trico CEOThomas Fairley,
The parties to the restructuring agreement have signed binding agreements to support the restructuring on proposed terms, subject to finalization of definitive agreements and related documentation and the satisfaction of certain specified conditions. Based on these agreements, the company believes it has the support of the requisite body of the holders of the senior notes to implement the restructuring through a prepackaged or prearranged bankruptcy case.
Under the restructuring plan:
Each holder of the senior notes would receive, in exchange for its total claim (including principal and interest), its pro rata portion of 100% of the fully diluted new common stock of reorganized Trico Marine Services, Inc. ("Reorganized TMAR"), before giving effect to (i) the exercise of the warrants described below and (ii) a new employee option plan.
Holders of the company's existing common stock would receive, on a basis to be determined, equity warrants that are exercisable into, in the aggregate, 10% of Reorganized TMAR's common stock (before giving effect to the new employee option plan). The equity warrants would be structured as follows:
- One tranche of warrants exercisable into 5% of Reorganized TMAR's common stock (before giving effect to the new employee option plan), with a five-year term beginning on the consummation of a plan of reorganization, and set at a strike price equivalent to an equity valuation of $187.5 million.
- One tranche of warrants exercisable into 5% of Reorganized TMAR's common stock (before giving effect to the new employee option plan), with a three-year term beginning on the consummation of a plan of reorganization, and set at a strike price equivalent to an equity valuation of $250 million.
- On the effective date of a plan of reorganization, the sole equity interests in Reorganized TMAR would consist of new common stock issued to the holders of the Senior Notes, the equity warrants described above, and equity interests to be issued to employees.
The company's obligations under existing operating leases, or trade credit extended to the company by its vendors and suppliers, would be unimpaired, as would all of the respective obligations of the company and its subsidiaries pursuant to its $55 million U.S. term loan.
The Norwegian credit facility, including the NOK 150 Million Term Loan and the NOK 800 Million Term Loan, both obligations of Trico's Norwegian subsidiaries/affiliates, would be unimpaired by the restructuring.
The MARAD notes issued by the domestic subsidiaries of Trico would be unimpaired by the restructuring.
Under the terms of the restructuring agreement, Thomas Fairley will continue as Trico's Chief Executive Officer and Trevor Turbidy will continue as Trico's Chief Financial Officer. Joseph Compofelice will remain as Trico's non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
PREPACKAGED CjHAPTER 11: The financial restructuring would be effectuated through a prepackaged or prearranged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of Trico Marine, Trico Marine Assets, Inc. and Trico Marine Operators, Inc. The company does not anticipatehat any of its foreign subsidiaries, affiliates or assets would be subject to any Chapter 11 filing, bankruptcy proceeding or any other similar reorganization or insolvency proceeding.
"With this level of support from our noteholders, I am very optimistic that Trico will emerge quickly from Chapter 11," said Fairley. "This restructuring should have little, if any, impact on Trico's day-to-day operations. In particular, the restructuring process should in no way compromise or disrupt our ability to serve our customers throughout the world."
The company expects to begin negotiating the final forms of the relevant documents with the holders of the Senior Notes immediately. The company says it plans to commence the formal process of soliciting acceptances from all parties entitled to vote on the restructuring plan within a few weeks. If the company receives the required acceptances from the holders of the senior notes, it intends to commence a voluntary chapter 11 case in the fourth quarter of 2004, with the objective of consummating the restructuring in the first quarter of 2005.
The restructuring agreement reached between Trico and the applicable holders of the senior notes covers the broad economic terms of the financial restructuring and not all material terms expected to be contained in a plan of reorganization. The parties to the restructuring agreement have signed binding agreements to support the restructuring on the proposed terms, subject to finalization of definitive agreements and documentation and the satisfaction of certain specified conditions. The term sheet and Plan Support Agreements are more fully described in the Company's 8-K filing, dated September 10, 2004.
In connection with the proposed financial restructuring, the company has been represented by Lazard Freres & Co. LLC as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis LLP as legal advisors.
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