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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Maurel & Prom: successfully wraps up its refinancing

Maurel & Prom    

Published: 07:00 CET 12-12-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Maurel & Prom / : MAU /ISIN: FR0000051070


Paris, 12 December 2017

 No. 22-17

 

Maurel & Prom successfully wraps up its refinancing

 

 

  • Entire debt refinanced on favourable terms, strengthening the Group's financial structure
  • Support for Maurel & Prom's growth strategy reaffirmed by majority shareholder, Pertamina International EP (PIEP)
  • Financial flexibility increased in anticipation of potential development in Africa and Latin America

 

 

 
  

 

 


The Maurel & Prom Group (Euronext Paris: MAU, ISIN FR0000051070) announced today that it had made significant progress in the new phase of its development by refinancing its entire debt on favourable terms and rescheduling repayments over a seven-year period, including a two-year grace period.

 

The refinancing transaction is structured as follows:

  • Bank loan: a $600 million term loan signed with a group of nine international banks;
  • Shareholder loan: a shareholder loan set up with PIEP in an initial amount of $100 million, with a second tranche of $100 million that can be drawn down at Maurel & Prom's discretion;
  • Repayment of approximately $760 million in existing debt:
    • the Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) currently in repayment and amounting to $325 million has been closed, also resulting in the release of $75 million in cash previously held as collateral;
    • repayment of the shareholder loan made available by PIEP, under the terms laid out at the time of the takeover bid, in the amount of €189 million (approximately $222 million);
    • redemption of the ORNANE 2019 and 2021 bonds held by PIEP totalling €180 million (approximately $212 million), followed by their cancellation.

 

 

Strengthening of the Group's financial structure

 

The terms of the new facilities are as follows:

 

 

Bank loan

Shareholder loan

Amount

$600m

$100m + $100m

Interest rate

Libor +1.5%

Libor +1.6%

Repayments

16 quarterly instalments

17 quarterly instalments

First repayment

March 2020

December 2020

Maturity

December 2023

December 2024

 

The banks participating in the bank loan are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Natixis, PT Bank Mandiri, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Crédit Agricole, DBS, ING, HSBC and PT Bank Negara Indonesia.

 

Following the refinancing, the debt's repayment profile is now as follows (see attached)

 

          

 

The process for early repayment of the ORNANE 2019 and 2021 bonds not held by PIEP will take place in the first quarter of 2018 according to the terms and conditions defined in their issue agreement, and will be the subject of a subsequent press release.

 

 

Greater financial flexibility in anticipation of future development

 

The transaction offers Maurel & Prom favourable debt terms, in particular through the support of its majority shareholder, PIEP, and strengthens the Group's financial structure.

 

Following the refinancing, the Group now has approximately $240 million in cash and cash equivalents and will benefit from a two-year grace period with no material maturity. Furthermore, the refinancing in US dollars means that the Group can substantially reduce its exposure to foreign exchange fluctuations by aligning the currency of its debt with that of its revenue.

 

Michel Hochard, Maurel & Prom's Chief Executive Officer, states: "The overall refinancing of the Group's debt is a major step in our development strategy. Now that our financial structure has been strengthened, we can comfortably consider new investment and growth opportunities, both organically and externally, in Africa as well as Latin America, regions in which the Group's historic foothold offers a key advantage in terms of operating experience and risk management. We are also happy with the refinancing terms, which illustrate that our strategy is on point and reflect our main shareholder's confidence in Maurel & Prom's ability to establish itself over the long term as its global development platform."

 

 

 
  

 


For more information, visit www.maureletprom.fr

 

 

 

Contacts

 

MAUREL & PROM

Press, shareholder and investor relations

Tel: +33 (0)1 53 83 16 45                                                                 

ir@maureletprom.fr                                                     

 

NewCap

Financial communications and investor relations                

Julie Coulot/Louis-Victor Delouvrier

Tel: +33 (0)1 44 71 98 53                                                                 

maureletprom@newcap.eu

 

Media relations

Nicolas Merigeau

Tel: +33 (0)1 44 71 94 98

maureletprom@newcap.eu

 

 

 

 
  

 


This document may contain forward-looking statements regarding the financial position, results, business and industrial strategy of Maurel & Prom. By nature, forward-looking statements contain risks and uncertainties to the extent that they are based on events or circumstances that may or may not happen in the future. These projections are based on assumptions we believe to be reasonable, but which may prove to be incorrect and which depend on a number of risk factors, such as fluctuations in crude oil prices, changes in exchange rates, uncertainties related to the valuation of our oil reserves, actual rates of oil production and the related costs, operational problems, political stability, legislative or regulatory reforms, or even wars, terrorism and sabotage.

 

 
  

 

 


Maurel & Prom is listed for trading on Euronext Paris

CAC All-Share - CAC Oil & Gas - Next 150 - PEA-PME and SRD eligible

Isin FR0000051070 / Bloomberg MAU.FP / Reuters MAUP.PA



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