ADES gets $450 million syndicated loan for further acquisitions
Egypt’s offshore driller ADES has signed a US$450 million syndicated credit facility to support its recently announced plans to pursue further acquisitions.
In addition to funding potential acquisitions, the loan will also be used to refinance the company’s existing debt and to finance anticipated future working capital. The loan comprises three separate tranches, all of which have a 5-year maturity.
ADES in 2017 agreed to buy three operational jack-up rigs located in Saudi Arabia for $83 million from a subsidiary of Nabors, subject to certain conditions including the novation and renewal of the rigs’ existing drilling contracts with a current major client. Upon completion, the transaction will double ADES’ Arabian Gulf fleet and a number of contracted rigs.
Also, ADES earlier this month reportedly bought the Rowan Gorilla IV jack-up from Rowan.
As for the loan, a $200 million tranche named Tranche A will be used to refinance ADES’ existing loans, enabling the company to simplify and consolidate its borrowings into one facility, as well as extending their maturity. Tranche B is for $41.5 million will be used to refinance the company’s existing overdraft facilities under which approximately $21 million was drawn as at 31 December 2017.
The remaining funds will be allocated to additional working capital to support further contract wins.
Tranche C of $208.5 million will be used to partially finance new acquisitions with respect to ADES’ acquisition programme in addition to any rig refurbishment work associated with newly acquired assets.
The loan was jointly arranged by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and was signed with participation from 11 multi-lateral, regional and local banks. EFG Hermes Investment Banking acted as the Company’s financial advisor, ADES said.
Mohamed Farouk, Chief Executive Officer of ADES International Holding, said: “As previously communicated in our recent 2017 results announcement, this Facility, together with the proceeds of ADES’ May 2017 initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, will allow us to consolidate our borrowings and enhance ADES’ purchasing power.
“At a time when ADES is participating in a number of tenders and screening accretive acquisitions across our core MENA markets, this Facility provides further financial flexibility and expands the range of opportunities that we are able to consider and act upon swiftly.”
(Source: Offshore Energy Today)