Good news for MXP shareholders – the company lives to fight another day thanks to some russian support. Nothing’s cheap these days in terms of debt refinancing – but as seen with the likes of Comet and Woolworths etc – it’s easy to disappear off the planet in a few weeks when the admin teams move in.
MXP over-stretched themselves in 2012 and were a whisker or too away from the Administrators. But fortunately for the BoD’s the company was in a decent shape when it came to production and cash flow. The Shallow well program appears to have saved them and depending on certain criteria being met – it’s also now feasible that MXP may be able to complete their NUR-1 deep prospect which was targeting 470mmboe (p50). The company had to leave the well suspended due to high pressure issues with breaking through the salt seal. Akin to leaving shareholders teetering on the edge of a cliff (like the Mini-bus in The Italian job) the BoD’s appear to have had a plan.
Dilution is heavy but the company lives on and that’s very important indeed.
The share price had fallen from 9p levels based upon the NUR-1 suspension and debt restructure talks. Today, it is just under 4.5p.
Should the company succeed with NUR-1 (if they complete it) the sp still has plenty of multiples ahead of it. But certainly not as much as it had in 2011 when it spudded the well.
27 November 2012, MAX PETROLEUM PLC
(“Max Petroleum”, the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”)
Max Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on Kazakhstan, is pleased to announce today its intention to implement a refinancing and a comprehensive restructuring of its outstanding debt facilities (the “Restructuring”).
The terms of the Restructuring, which comprise the refinancing of the Company’s existing senior credit facility with Macquarie Bank Limited (“Macquarie Bank”) and the restructuring of its $85.6 million 6.75% convertible bonds (the “Bonds”), have the support of Macquarie Bank, Bondholders representing greater than 90% of the outstanding Bonds and the Company’s major shareholders representing approximately 30% of the Company’s outstanding ordinary shares of 0.01p each (the “Shares’).
Key terms of the Restructuring:
– The Group has entered into a new senior secured US$90 million credit line agreement (the “Sberbank Facility”) with SB Sberbank JSC (“Sberbank Kazakhstan”), whereby:
o The Sberbank Facility will be made available to draw down at the Company’s discretion in two tranches:
o Up to US$60 million in December 2012, conditional, among other things, upon the approval of the terms of the Restructuring by the Company’s shareholders and Bondholders; and
o Up to a further US$30 million as soon as certain conditions precedent are met, including the registering of security and obtaining requisite government regulatory approvals, which are expected to be completed in March 2013.
o Interest rate of 11% per annum, payable monthly;
o Five-year term maturing in November 2017, with quarterly amortisation beginning in March 2014;
o The approved uses of the Sberbank Facility include repayment of the existing senior credit facility with Macquarie Bank, funding the cash portion of the tender offer to be made to Bondholders (see description below), and funding the Company’s shallow drilling programme;
Sberbank Group will be granted a call option over approximately 197 million shares in Max Petroleum held by Macquarie Bank
– Cancellation of the Company’s existing senior credit facility with Macquarie Bank whereby Macquarie Bank will receive US$47 million plus all accrued but unpaid interest in December 2012 and a further US$3 million in March 2013 in full settlement of all monies owed by the Group;
– Holders of the Bonds will be offered a combination of cash and Shares as consideration for the proposed restructuring of the terms of the Bonds as follows:
o Bondholders will be invited to participate in a tender offer pursuant to which they may tender Bonds to the Company with an aggregate principal amount of up to US$17.1 million. The Company will pay to tendering Bondholders a cash amount representing 50% of the principal amount tendered (up to a maximum of US$8.6 million) and the Bonds accepted into the tender offer will be cancelled;
o The balance of the principal amount of the Bonds (including capitalised interest) will be converted into Shares at a price of 5p per Share in two tranches:
o The first tranche of up to US$56.7 million of Bonds and accrued interest, will be converted into 709 million Shares in December 2012, with the remaining outstanding Bonds to be mandatorily converted following the receipt of requisite Kazakh regulatory approvals (expected in the first half of 2013);
o Until conversion, the terms of the remaining outstanding Bonds will be modified such that the coupon will be 10% per annum (with interest payable in kind) and the maturity date will be extended to 8 March 2018 (though it is expected that these remaining Bonds will convert into Shares during 2013);
o Shares issued to Bondholders as part of the Restructuring will be subject to a 90 day lock up from the date of the initial conversion; and
o It is expected that a total of approximately 919 million Shares will be issued to Bondholders pursuant to the Restructuring (assuming that the cash tender offer is taken up in full and that all outstanding Bonds are converted into Shares by 31 March 2013).
– Following completion of the Restructuring, the Group’s total debt will be reduced from approximately $140 million to approximately $90 million with net cash of approximately $30 million made available for drilling future production and exploration wells and associated expenses.
– Conditional upon the implementation of the Restructuring, the Company has agreed to appoint to the Board of Directors a Non-Executive director nominated by the Bondholders.
– As part of the Restructuring, the Company intends to reprice its outstanding options held by employees of the Company with exercise prices above 5p down to 5p per Share, as well as issue additional grants at 5p per Share to bring the aggregate number of options outstanding up to 10% of the Company’s pro-forma fully diluted Shares outstanding post-Restructuring. Any new grants will vest over a three-year period with no vesting to occur prior to the full conversion of the Bonds into Shares.
– Sberbank CIB is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to the Company in relation to the Restructuring.
The Restructuring is conditional on Bondholder and shareholder approval. The Company has received written assurances from Bondholders representing greater than 90% of the outstanding Bonds and shareholders representing approximately 30% of the Shares to vote in favour of the Restructuring. Notices to Bondholders and shareholders convening separate meetings will be issued shortly and it is expected that both meetings be held at the offices of Akin Gump LLP, Eighth Floor, Ten Bishops Square, London E1 6EG on 20 December 2012 at 10.00am for Bondholders and 11.00am for shareholders (London time).
James Jeffs and Bob Holland, Executive Co-Chairmen of Max Petroleum commented:
“First and foremost we would like to thank Sberbank for making this investment at such a critical transition point for our Company and our shareholders for their patience as we worked to negotiate this refinancing. Secondly we would like to thank the employees of Max who have continued to advance the business towards our operational targets whilst we put in place a financial underpinning for long term growth. Thirdly we would like to thank our bondholders for the commitment they are showing to the future of Max Petroleum by agreeing to exchange a position as provider of debt to one of ownership of the business as shareholders. We would lastly also like to thank Macquarie for their support over many years since they first became our lender more than five years ago.”
Michael Young, President and Chief Financial Officer commented:
“The future opportunities for Max to grow production and reserves in the post-salt remain exciting and offer valuable upside to our shareholders. This refinancing enables us to focus on maximizing value through the drill bit by implementing our post-salt drilling programme and to remove the overhang of debt that we previously faced coming to maturity in 2013.”
Shukhrat Sadyrov, Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Subsidiary Bank Sberbank of Russia Joint-Stock Company commented:
“We are very pleased to be working alongside Max Petroleum to help them develop their business in Kazakhstan. The deal was completed with strong support from the investment banking team of Sberbank CIB and shows the high synergy potential of Sberbank CIB’s investment banking business and the subsidiary bank in Kazakhstan. As a lender to Max Petroleum, we are confident that all stakeholders in the Company will benefit from this unique transaction as the Company profitably grows its business and in turn supports the development of Kazakhstan.”
Background on Sberbank
Sberbank of Russia is the largest bank in Russia and holds almost one third of all Russian banking sector assets. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation is the founder and major shareholder of Sberbank, owning 50% of the total share capital plus one voting share. Other shares are held by more than 245,000 individual and institutional investors. The Bank has the largest distribution network in Russia with over 19,000 offices as well as subsidiaries in 20 countries including the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. In September 2012, Sberbank completed the acquisition of DenizBank AS which is ranked 6th among private and 9th among all Turkish banks by consolidated total assets.
“Sberbank” SB JSCis a subsidiary bank of “Sberbank of Russia” in Kazakhstan; it has beensuccessfully working at the financial market of Kazakhstan for more than five years. The Bank takes the 6(th) place by assets volume among all second-tier banks of Kazakhstan. As of today “Sberbank” SB JSC has a branch network consisting of 92 organization departments, 13 of which are branches. Central office of the Bank is in Almaty.
Sberbank CIB: the Corporate & Investment Banking Business was created as part of the integration of Sberbank of Russia and Troika Dialog. Sberbank CIB’s key areas of activity are corporate financing(*) , investment banking services, trade operations with securities, and Private Equity. Sberbank of Russia’s Corporate & Investment Banking Business provides integrated financial solutions and investment advisory services to its clients, which include major corporations, financial institutions, sovereign states and federal and sub-federal government bodies and organisations.
*Financing provided by OJSC “Sberbank of Russia”