Tullow Oil provides an update on the redetermination of its Reserves Based Lending facility (‘RBL’)
Over the past few weeks, Tullow has been reviewing its business plan and operating strategy with lending banks within its RBL and their financial advisers, as well as with the financial advisers of the 2021 convertible bond holders and the 2022 bond holders. This plan is expected to generate material cash flow, which will enable reduction of the Group’s current debt levels and creates the foundation to address near-term debt maturities.
Completion of the Uganda transaction in 2020, the recent announcement of asset sales to Panoro Energy, exploration portfolio rationalisation and material cost savings, will enable the Group to deliver in excess of US$1 billion of self-help over two years. This, along with strong operational performance in Ghana and higher commodity prices, is providing positive impetus to constructive discussions with creditors with regards to Tullow’s debt refinancing options. The Group is confident that a mutually satisfactory agreement for all stakeholders can be reached in the first half of the year.
As part of this process, Tullow and its technical banks have agreed a new debt capacity amount under the RBL facility of c. US$1.7 billion; this remains subject to formal approval by a majority of lending banks and, once approved, will be effective from 26 February.
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