Oando Plc., Nigeria’s leading indigenous energy group listed on both the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchange, has announced the conclusion of a N94.6 billion facility provided by ten leading financial institutions in Nigeria.
The company made this announcement through a statement released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange recently.
The statement noted that the financing, was coordinated by the mandated Lead Arranger, Access Bank Plc, adding that it is a 5 year Medium Term Note (MTN) at Nibor + 200 bps and that it is a crucial part of Oando's strategic restructuring plans.
Commenting on the transaction, Mr. Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc, said “In a bid to return to profitability in 2016, I am happy to announce the successful completion of restructuring our overall debt profile into a N94.6 Billion Medium Term, 5 year consolidated facility, with a 3 year moratorium on principal.
This is the pivotal leg in our Group restructuring plan of Growth; via the Upstream business, Deleverage; via the disposal of $350 million in assets’ value in 2016 and our return to Profitability in 2016, driven by our dollar earning oil export & trading activities. The company now stands diversified with higher weighted dollar denominated earnings, an optimised and restructured balance sheet with lower cost of capital and longer tenors. With the upturn in the global oil prices to levels above $50 per barrel, we now look forward to the successes of 2016, having ridden out the storm”.
According to the statement, the institutions involved in the financing are; Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Ecobank, FCMB, Fidelity Bank, Keystone Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, UBA Bank, Union Bank and Zenith Bank.
Oando Plc said the transaction further signifies the solid commitment from Nigerian banking institutions to support sustained growth and development of the Nigerian oil and gas sector in these trying times, adding that it will continue to exercise strong financial discipline in meeting its obligations and debt covenants.