4 May 2016
75, Sadovnicheskaya Street, Moscow, Russia, 115035
FAR-EASTERN SHIPPING COMPANY PLC ANNOUNCENT RELATING TO DOLLAR INTEREST PAYMENTS DUE MAY 4 2016
MAY 4 2016
The management of Far-Eastern Shipping Company PLC (the “Company”), and its subsidiaries (together the “Group”), announced today that the Company has determined that it is in the interest of all its stakeholders not to pay today the coupon payment due on 4 May 2016in respect of the 8.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2018 and 8.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 (the “USD Notes”). This determination was made in the context of the previously announced strategic review of the Group’s capital structure and in consideration of the impact of continued weakness in the Russian macroeconomic environment and Rouble exchange rate on the Company’s operations and liquidity.
The Company expects to commence a process of open and constructive dialogue with interested creditors as soon as legal constraints and the progress of the strategic review will allow. The Company has retained Houlihan Lokey (Europe) Limited (“Houlihan Lokey”) as financial advisor and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as legal advisor to assist with this process. This process is not expected to impact the Group’s operations, employees, partners, suppliers or trade creditors.
Holders of the USD Notes interested in participating in this process are requested to contact Houlihan Lokey using the contact details provided below.
Houlihan Lokey Contact Details:
Gijs de Reuver
+44 207 747 2710
+44 207 747 2726
About the Company:
The Company is one of the leading privately-owned transportation and logistics companies in Russia with operations in ports, rail, integrated logistics and shipping business. FESCO provides door-to-door logistics solutions and controls almost all steps of the intermodal transportation value chain. The majority of the Company’s operations are located in the Russian Far East.
For more information on the Company, please contact:
+7 495 780 6001
These materials may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Far-Eastern Shipping Company PLC (the “Company”). You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as “expect”, “believe”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “will”, “could”, “may”, or “might”, the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements include matters that are not historical facts and statements regarding the Company’s intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, the Company’s results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies, and the industry in which the Company operates. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. The Company cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes and that the Company’s actual results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the development of the industry in which the Company operates may differ materially from those described in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in these materials. In addition, even if the Company’s results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the development of the industry in which the Company operates are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in these materials, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in future periods. Any forward-looking statements that are made in the materials speak only as at the date of this announcement. The Company does not intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Many factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements of the Company, including, among others, general economic conditions, the competitive environment, risks associated with operating in Russia, market change in the Russian freight rail market, as well as many other risks specifically related to the Company and its operations, including those discussed in these materials.
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