LEKOIL (AIM: LEK), the oil and gas exploration and production company with a focus on Nigeria and West Africa, is pleased to announce that LEKOIL Oil and Gas Investment Limited (“LOGL”), in which the Company has a 90 per cent economic interest, has agreed and executed a Restructuring Offer Letter with its existing lenders, FBNQuest Merchant Bank (“FBNQuest”) to restructure its existing secured interest-bearing term loans.

Following servicing of the quarterly amortisations due on 30 June 2020, LOGL had an outstanding balance of interest-bearing term bank loans of US$15.9 million. This outstanding balance is detailed in the table below:

Lender

Facility Type

Pricing

Maturity Date

Outstanding Balance

FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited

Term loan with quarterly repayment

LIBOR + 10.00%

30-Jun-21

US$2.0 million

FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited

Term loan with quarterly repayment

LIBOR + 10.00%

30-Jun-21

US$3.4 million

FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited

Term loan with quarterly repayment

LIBOR + 10.00%

30-Sep-23

US$10.5 million

Total debt outstanding

US$15.9 million

 

FBNQuest and LOGL have agreed to restructure the existing three interest-bearing term bank loans into one secured loan under the following terms:

·      An extension of loan tenor with new term loan maturity date of 31 March 2024. This represents an increase on the average maturity of the three existing bank loans by 15 months.

·      Interest will be paid quarterly in arrears with the pricing remaining at LIBOR + 10.0%.

·      Sculpted quarterly term loan principal repayment delivering a cash saving as compared to the previous loan structures of over US$3.0 million over the next 15 months.

This restructured loan now comprises all LOGL’s outstanding external bank debt.

Lekan Akinyanmi, LEKOIL’s CEO, commented, “We are pleased with our relationship with FBNQuest who continue to provide strong support as a financial partner in developing our asset portfolio. By restructuring our term loans, we have been able to significantly reduce our near term quarterly amortisations thus providing further flexibility and liquidity for the Company as macro-economic sentiments improve.”

 

Source: Lekoil

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