Successful Refinancing into $ 5B for Lundin Energy

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/14/2020, Location: Europe

Lundin Energy AB is pleased to announce that is has successfully completed the refinancing of its existing secured USD 4.75 billion Reserves Based Lending facility (“RBL”) and other corporate facilities, into a new, lower margin USD 5 billion five year corporate facility, (the “Facility”).

Highlights
- New USD 1.5 billion five-year Revolving Credit Facility (“RCF”)
- New USD 3.5 billion 2 to 5 year maturity term loans
- Weighted average margin of 1.6 percent above LIBOR1 which is 0.9 percentage points lower compared to the current RBL margin
- Inclusion of ESG Key Performance Indicators (“KPI”), impacting margin according to performance
- 16 international banks in the Facility
- Additional ‘accordion’ option of up to USD 1 billion

The Facility is a combination of a five-year USD 1.5 billion RCF and USD 3.5 billion term loans, split across two, three, four and five year maturities, replacing the current USD 4.75 billion RBL and USD 500 million of other credit facilities. The average margin across the Facility is significantly improved to 1.6 percent above LIBOR1, from the current RBL rate of 2.5 percent above LIBOR. The Facility also includes the option to bring in additional commitments in an accordion option of up to USD 1 billion. In line with the Company’s best in class environmental profile, ESG KPIs on carbon intensity and renewable electricity generation have been incorporated into the margin payable, providing further financial incentives for the delivery of the Decarbonisation Strategy and 2030 carbon neutrality target. The structure of the Facility is such, that it is compatible with unsecured bond issuances through the debt capital markets at pari passu terms, which could be utilised at an appropriate time to diversify the Company’s capital structure.

Teitur Poulsen, CFO of Lundin Energy comments:
“I am very pleased to announce the successful completion of the refinancing of our credit facilities into a simplified and more flexible structure of RCF and term loans, on significantly better terms. For the first time we are also including ESG KPIs into our debt framework, which will serve to offer an economic incentive to continue improving our Carbon emissions performance. This further demonstrates the financial value which can be realised from industry leading sustainable operations. I believe it is a sign of the resilience of the business, quality of the asset base and future growth profile that we were able to secure continued support from our key lenders on enhanced terms. This was achieved while successfully trading through one of the most challenging oil markets in recent years. The Facility gives us additional flexibility in terms of our financial framework and improved liquidity headroom, which alongside our BBB-2 credit rating, positions the Company’s balance sheet well, as we continue to pursue our organic growth strategy.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our existing lenders who continue to support us in this new Facility and also welcome the new faces into the bank syndicate.”


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