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Brightoil debt restructuring progresses, proceeds from vessel sales hindered by COVID-19

30 Apr 2020

Hong Kong-listed Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited (Brightoil) on Wednesday (29 April) issued an update on its debt restructuring activities and business operations.

Debt restructuring

Among developments was progress being made over debt restructuring operations at both the High Court of Singapore and in Hong Kong.

The High Court of Singapore has extended a claims moratorium for Brightoil and its subsidiary Brightoil Petroleum (S’pore) Pte. Ltd. to 10 July 2020.

“The company has made good progress in reaching legally binding settlements with major trade creditors,” it said.

“We believe that the continuing moratoria would provide the Group with the necessary protection against any effort to frustrate its ongoing debt restructuring efforts.”

In Hong Kong, Brightoil reached settlement agreements with creditors Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Broad Action Limited, and Luso International Banking Ltd; the company further entered into a loan restructuring agreement with Bank of China Limited Shenzhen Branch on 1 April 2020.

Proceeds from sales of vessels

The High Courts of Singapore and Hong Kong, meanwhile, have both received the net proceeds from the sale of 12 vessels. However, due to the coronavirus, the proceeds will be delivered to Brightoil in May through to July this year, it said..

Brightoil is expected to receive a reimbursement in the sum of SGD 469,834.93 being crew wages and USD 114,015.64 being bunker charges incurred by the company in relation to the arrest of the Brightoil 319, Brightoil 326 and Brightoil 329.

Zhoushan Oil Storage and Terminal Facilities

The non-binding “Zhoushan Project Cooperation Framework Agreement” with a potential buyer for Brightoil’s Zhoushan Oil Storage and Terminal Facilities is still in effect and Brightoil is targeting to upgrade the contract to a binding agreement in the near future.

“After the completion of Zhoushan Project, the Company would have held 100% equity of the storage company and 55% equity of the terminal company in which the fair market value would have been around RMB6 billion,” it stated.

“The sale price for the proposed sale of its 90% interest. The Company will remain responsible to complete all the remaining construction and the buyer will pay the sale price by instalments according to the progress of the construction.”

Upstream business

Brightoil, noting production of its oil fields, oil wells and natural fields remaining affected by the coronavirus, expects the oil sector to be facing a challenging period ahead.

“The outbreak of the new coronavirus (Coronavirus) has severely damaged global economic activity and caused great uncertainty in the current business environment,” it said.

“With the suspension of global trade, demand for crude oil and other products has plummeted, global oil prices have fallen, and crude oil futures have experienced negative oil prices.

“The oil industry is facing a difficult period.”

Earlier developments of Brightoil (since late 2017 to date) can be found in the search results here.

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Manifold Times
Published: 30 April, 2020

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