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Tidewater emerges from bankruptcy with growth in mind

Tue 01 Aug 2017 by David Foxwell

Tidewater emerges from bankruptcy with growth in mind
The Chapter 11 process has seen Tidewater eliminate US$1.6Bn in debt

Tidewater and its affiliated Chapter 11 debtors have emerged from bankruptcy proceedings after successfully completing a reorganisation process.

The reorganisation was completed pursuant to the second amended joint pre-packaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganisation of Tidewater and its affiliated debtors. The plan was confirmed on 17 July 2017 by the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Tidewater has eliminated approximately US$1.6Bn in principal of outstanding debt, and considering the rejection of certain sale-leaseback agreements, it estimates that interest and operating lease expenses will be reduced by approximately US$73M annually.

The company believes that its substantially deleveraged balance sheet positions it for long-term success for the benefit of all of its stakeholders.

“Today marks the completion of a restructuring and recapitalisation that allows the company to move forward with a solid financial foundation from which we expect to continue to strengthen our business and grow,” said Jeffrey Platt, Tidewater’s president and chief executive officer.

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