PGS Withdraws Refinancing
June 19, 2019: Oslo, Norway, reference is made to the press releases published May 27, 2019 and June 3, 2019 where PGS initiated a process ("the transaction") seeking to raise approximately $525 million of 5-year first lien term loan and approximately $150 million of 5.5-year second lien notes. The proceeds were intended to repay the Company's existing $212 million senior notes maturing in December 2020 and $380 million term loan maturing in March 2021, and to reduce drawings under its revolving credit facility.
As a result of increased volatility in the capital markets and weaker investor sentiment toward oil field service post-launch, PGS has not been able to reach the targeted terms and has decided to withdraw the proposed transaction.
The marine seismic market is in recovery with increased activity levels and a significant improvement of pricing for contract services. PGS expects to generate positive cash flow and reduce net debt in 2019. The Company's existing capital markets debts still have 18 and 21 months to maturity, respectively, and are at attractive terms. PGS expects to refinance these facilities in 2019.
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PGS ASA and its subsidiaries ("PGS" or "the Company") is a focused marine geophysical company that provides a broad range of seismic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, interpretation, and field evaluation. The Company MultiClient data library is among the largest in the seismic industry, with modern 3D coverage in all significant offshore hydrocarbon provinces of the world. The Company operates on a worldwide basis with headquarters in Oslo, Norway and the PGS share is listed on the Oslo stock exchange (OSE: PGS). For more information on PGS visit www.pgs.com.
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