OSG Exits Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

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OSG Independence pushes ahead on Delaware Bay, image (c) Rob Almeida/gCaptain

Overseas Shipholding Group says it has emerged from Chapter 11 as a newly reorganized company with a strong balance sheet, focused strategy and solid customer base.

“Today marks the start of a new beginning for our company,” said Captain Bob Johnston, President and Chief Executive Officer of OSG. “We are completing this process having resolved the issues that led to our decision to seek Chapter 11 protection. I want to thank our extraordinary employees, both at sea and ashore, who have been vital to our successful restructuring. We also appreciate the continued support of our valued partners, suppliers and customers who have been critical to our success throughout this process and whom we look forward to continue working with into the future.”

“Through our financial and operational restructuring, we have focused on creating a competitive structure to allow us considerable flexibility to grow the business while continuing to provide our customers with the high-quality service that they expect,” added John Ray, OSG’s post-confirmation Chairman of the Board.

Under the terms of the confirmed Amended Plan of Reorganization, senior lenders were paid in full, and all allowed administrative claims and certain other allowed secured and unsecured claims are paid in full or unimpaired.

OSG successfully closed on its Exit Financing agreement on Tuesday, led by Jefferies Finance LLC. The agreement consists of two term loan facilities and two revolving loan facilities, totaling $1.35 billion. The term financing funded cash payment of obligations under the terms of the Plan and the revolvers provide additional liquidity to fund operations post-emergence.

OSG filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2012 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Bankruptcy Court confirmed OSG’s final Amended Plan of Reorganization on July 18, 2014, and the appeal period expired on August 1, 2014.

OSG says it expects to apply to list its Class B common stock on the New York Stock Exchange and anticipates that the Class A common stock and both the Class A warrants and Class B warrants will be quoted in the over-the-counter market. In addition, OSG has entered into a registration rights agreement with certain commitment parties in connection with their holdings of Class A common stock and Class A warrants, and plans to file a registration statement in connection with its obligations thereunder.