Daily News: May 12, 2014

Cal Dive Refi: LIBOR Plus 6.75% and 11.75%

Cal Dive International announced it has refinanced its debt to provide more flexibility and liquidity for ongoing and future construction work, primarily in Mexico. The company said it has entered into a $100 million senior secured second lien term loan facility, that includes a new loan of $80 million and the conversion of the company’s existing $20 million unsecured term loan to a secured term loan under the second lien facility.

Both term loans under the second lien facility mature in 2019 with no scheduled amortization. The $20 million term loan bears interest at LIBOR plus 6.75% and the $80 million term loan bears interest at LIBOR plus 11.75%. The net proceeds of the loan will be used to repay the company’s outstanding $29.7 million secured term loan under its credit facility and $45.0 million of outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

As part of the refinancing, the company is permitted to obtain up to $75 million in local project financing for international projects, and intends to transition from relying on its revolving credit facility for the working capital requirements for its large construction projects to utilizing local project financing for this purpose. The revolving credit facility capacity, already scheduled to decrease to $110 million by the end of July 2014, will be further reduced by $5 million per month thereafter until it reaches $85 million by the end of 2014.

Houston, TX-based Cal Dive International is a marine contractor that provides manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and salvage and light well intervention services to the offshore oil and nation gas industry.