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Noble Corporation plc files voluntary Chapter 11

Christian Fernsby |
Noble Corporation plc announced that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with two ad hoc groups of the largest holders of the Company's outstanding bond debt regarding a consensual financial restructuring transaction that will significantly deleverage the Company's balance sheet and position the Company for long term growth.


The Agreement outlines, among other things, a comprehensive plan for the elimination of all of the Company's bond debt, which currently represents over $3.4 billion of debt, through the cancellation and exchange of debt for new equity in the reorganized company.

As further support for the deleveraging transaction, the Company's major bondholders have agreed to invest $200 million of new capital in the form of new second lien notes.

In addition, the Company is expected to emerge with an enhanced liquidity position supported by a new $675 million secured revolving credit facility to be provided by its current syndicate of revolving credit facility lenders, with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as administrative agent.

The significant reduction of debt and annual interest expense, combined with a strong liquidity position, will enable the Company to reorient itself toward future growth and value creation for all stakeholders.

In order to implement the restructuring transaction, the Company and selected subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the "Chapter 11 Cases").

The restructuring will be implemented through a plan of reorganization that the Company expects to be confirmed by this fall, allowing the Company's emergence from chapter 11 before year end.


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