Teekay Tankers announces asset sales

Source: press release, 28 January 2020

photo: Teekay Group
photo: Teekay Group

Teekay Tankers Ltd. has reached an agreement with Hili Ventures to sell a portion of its oil and gas ship-to-ship transfer support services business, which also provides gas terminal management and gas consulting services, for approximately USD 26 million. The sale is expected to close late in the first quarter of 2020 or early in the second quarter of 2020.

Teekay Tankers will retain its entire Full-Service Lightering business that operates in the US Gulf, which provides ship-to-ship oil transfers for both US crude imports and exports. In addition, the company will continue to operate oil ship-to-ship transfer support services in North America and the Caribbean, a business that has synergies with its core Full-Service Lightering business.

The company has also agreed to sell three 2003-built Suezmax tankers in separate transactions for combined sale proceeds of approximately USD 57 million. The first vessel was delivered to the buyer in December 2019 and the remaining two vessels are expected to be delivered during February 2020. The proceeds from the vessel sales are expected to be used to reduce debt, including approximately USD 30 million of debt directly secured by these three vessels.

The company has closed a new 5-year, USD 533 million revolving credit facility to refinance 31 vessels. The size of the new debt facility was reduced since announcing the term sheet signing in November 2019 as a result of excluding five vessels from the new facility, including the three vessel sales noted above and a potential for further opportunistic vessel sales. The proceeds from the new debt facility will be used to repay approximately USD 455 million of the company’s existing debt. The new debt facility has substantially similar terms and extends balloon maturities from 2020/2021 until the end of 2024.

Including the agreed asset sales and the new debt facility, the Teekay Tankers’ liquidity is expected to increase by approximately USD 73 million.

“We are excited to announce these opportunistic asset sales for combined proceeds of approximately USD 83 million, which is consistent with our strategy presented at our November 2019 Investor Day and accelerates our planned balance sheet delivering efforts,” comments Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and CEO. “The sale of a portion of our ship-to-ship transfer business also allows us to focus and simplify our core business of crude oil and clean product shipping. Importantly, by retaining our core Full-Service Lightering business in the US Gulf, we will continue to benefit from US import and growing export volumes, which provides synergies with our existing Aframax tanker fleet.”

“We are also grateful for the continued strong support we receive from our bank group, as represented by our new USD 533 million debt facility, which was approximately two times oversubscribed, and provides the company with increased financial flexibility,” adds Mackay.