McDermott sale of Lummus to investment funds to be confirmed by Texas court on March 12

Wednesday, 04 March 2020
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McDermott International, the US LNG and energy engineering company overhauling its finances after Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection proceedings, said it was moving forward with the previously agreed sale of its Lummus Technology business.

McDermott said it had received no higher bids for Lummus and would now execute the previously announced share and asset purchase agreement to sell all of Lummus to a joint partnership between The Chatterjee Group, the New York-based investment fund, and Rhône Capital, a global private equity firm with offices in London and New York.

“McDermott did not receive a higher or better bid during the solicitation period, and the auction previously scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020, will not occur,” explained the Houston-based company .

Subsidiaries of McDermott had entered into an agreement in January 2020 to sell Lummus to The Chatterjee Group and Rhône Capital for a base purchase price of $2.72 billion, subject to higher or otherwise better bids received through the court-supervised auction process. 

Under the terms of the agreement, McDermott will have the option to retain or purchase, as applicable, a 10 percent common equity ownership interest in the entity purchasing Lummus Technology.

McDermott said the sale hearing to confirm the sale of Lummus Technology to the joint partnership will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 9:00 am.

The equity-for-debt plan agreed with the court would eliminate more than $4.6Bln of McDermott’s debt.

The restructuring transaction has been implemented through a pre-packaged Chapter 11 process, which under US law gives protection from bankruptcy.

It is being financed by a debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing facility of $2.81 billion. 

“Proceeds from the sale of Lummus Technology are expected to repay McDermott's DIP financing in full, as well as fund emergence costs and provide cash to the balance sheet for long-term liquidity,” said the company.

McDermott is involved in some of the world’s leading LNG construction projects, including several on the US Gulf Coast and the North Field Expansion in Qatar.

Currently McDermott is working with other firms on both the Cameron LNG project at Hackberry in Louisiana and the Freeport export facility at Quintana Island in Texas.

McDermott has additionally been engaged as a contractor on the Golden Pass LNG export project for Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil venture in Texas.

The company has suffered financial problems since it completed the $6 billion deal in 2018 to buy LNG rival engineering, procurement and construction company Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I).

The restructuring transaction will strengthen its balance sheet and normalize its trade debt.

All of McDermott's businesses have operated as normal during the financial restructuring.

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