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High Court of Hong Kong orders winding up of NewOcean Energy Holdings Limited

16 Aug 2022

Hong Kong-listed NewOcean Energy Holdings Limited on Monday (15 August) said the High Court of Hong Kong on 8 August ordered the company to wind up.

This is following a winding up petition filed by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) against the embattled company in Hong Kong on 12 April 2022.

According to an earlier NewOcean stock exchange filing published on May 13 2022, KPC was a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier for NewOcean’s wholly owned subsidiary Sound Agents Limited since 2011. 

NewOcean entered into sale and purchase agreements with KPC, including sale and purchase agreements dated 5 September 2019 and 2 March 2020. Under these contracts, NewOcean was to pay KPC for LPG supplies through an irrevocable documentary letter of credit.

However, in 2020, “the company’s bankers abruptly terminated credit lines to the company and its various subsidiaries, causing the company to default in paying KPC the penalties for breach of contracts as it was unable to issue letters of credit.”

The petition was scheduled to be heard at the Hong Kong High Court on 15 June 2022. 

NewOcean’s business segments include the sales and distribution of LPG, sales of electronic products, and its oil products business that includes its bunkering business.

In a separate case, the Court of Appeal for Bermuda on 26 July ordered NewOcean to wind up, while several individuals were ordered to continue acting as the Joint Provisional Liquidators of the company. 

This is following its battle against a winding up petition filed by Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). It was alleged in the winding up petition that the company had failed to satisfy the petitioner a total indebtedness in the sum of HKD 5,433,659.12 (USD 698,274) and USD 70,802,320 totalling approximately USD 71.5 million. 

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Photo credit: NewOcean Energy Holdings Limited
Published: 16 August, 2022

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