Weatherford International plc have announced that it has completed its financial restructuring and emerged from chapter 11 protection.
The company emerges with a stronger financial foundation having reduced approximately US$6.2 billion of outstanding funded debt, secured US$2.6 billion in exit financing facilities, including a US$450 million revolving credit facility, secured a US$195 million letter of credit facility, and secured over US$900 million of liquidity.
“This is a notable day for Weatherford as we have emerged as a stronger, more focused organization,” said Mark A. McCollum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Weatherford. “With renewed balance sheet strength, a strong customer base and a portfolio designed to meet the needs of our industry, we believe we are well-positioned to build on our reputation as a leader in the oilfield services sector and to capitalise on the growth opportunities ahead. I want to thank our dedicated employees, customers and suppliers, who continued to believe in Weatherford and worked with us to achieve this successful balance sheet recapitalisation.”
Weatherford expects its newly issued ordinary shares will initially resume trading on the OTC Markets with the company ultimately planning to transition trading to the New York Stock Exchange, subject to the receipt of applicable approvals. The transition to the New York Stock Exchange is expected to occur after the Company reports results for its fourth quarter ending 31 December 2019, holds an investor call, and completes the fresh-start accounting process, which are expected to be completed by early March (details to follow).
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