GasLog Ltd, which controls an LNG carrier fleet of 35 vessels, has made its first major foray into the debt securities market to lower interest on financing since the merger in mid-2021 with a unit of giant US investment US fund BlackRock.
GasLog Ltd entered into a Note Purchase Agreement with the US investment funds, the Carlyle Group and EIG Global Energy Partners, for a $325 million credit facility.
The Notes carry an interest rate of 7.75 percent and are due in 2029.
Carlyle’s global credit platform made the investment with capital primarily from its Infrastructure Credit Fund.
EIG extended its funding through various funds and accounts in the investment group’s direct lending division.
“GasLog anticipates drawing down the Facility in March 2022. The proceeds of the facility will be used to refinance the company’s 8.875 percent Senior Notes due in March 2022,” said GasLog.
“Any remaining proceeds may be used to pay transaction costs and expenses incurred in connection with the private placement and/or general corporate purposes,” added the company, whose corporate headquarters are in Hamilton, Bermuda and operational base is in the Greek port of Piraeus.
GasLog completed a merger in June 2021 with BlackRock’s Global Energy and Power Infrastructure division and de-listed its common shares from the New York Stock Exchange.
The GasLog’s ownership structure has three main shareholders in parent GasLog Ltd and subsidiary GasLog Partners LP.
The Greek Livanos family owns 55 percent, the Monaco-based Onassis Foundation holds 12 percent and BlackRock Global Energy and Power infrastructure fund (GEPIF) owns 45 percent.
The GasLog Ltd, whose Chairman remains Peter G. Livanos, has an LNG fleet comprising 20 vessels, 12 dual-fuel, seven tri-fuel, diesel electric (TFDE) and one steam-turbine carrier.
GasLog Ltd subsidiary, GasLog Partners LP and whose Chief Executive since August 2021 has been Paolo Enoizi, owns 15 LNG carriers, including 10 TFDE ships and five steam-turbine vessels.
The contracted revenue backlog at the end of June 2021 for the Partnership’s fleet was more than $660M and the average age of the vessels was nine years.