The Board of Directors of I.M. Skaugen SE (“IMSSE”) wish to announce that IMSSE, together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, SMIPL Pte Ltd (“SMIPL”) and IMSPL Pte. Ltd. (“IMSPL”) (collectively the “IMS Scheme Companies”), filed applications to the High Court of the Republic of Singapore (the “Singapore Court”) on 31 May 2018 for a moratorium to commence the reorganisation of liabilities and businesses of the IMS Scheme Companies (“Scheme Moratorium”).
With the filing of the Scheme Moratorium, the IMS Scheme Companies automatically qualify for protection from the Singapore Court under a 30-day moratorium that will apply against creditors’ claims. In the weeks to come, the IMS Scheme Companies will seek approval from the Singapore Court to extend the moratorium.
The moratorium will provide much-needed space and time for the IMS Scheme Companies to complete their business transformation from seaborne transportation of LPG/Petrochemicals to regional distribution of LNG through its unique fast- track, low capex Small Scale LNG concepts; target areas for growth and pursue new business opportunities; and focus on the ongoing discussions with strategic investors.
IMS presented a restructuring plan on 4 April 2018 which had the support from most of its stakeholders. IMS is now seeking the assistance of the Singapore courts to complete this plan. The restructuring plan, if implemented, is in line with IMS’ wishes to be in a position to be able to pay its liabilities in full with its upcoming cash flow matching an amended amortisation schedule of its liabilities. To achieve this, IMS will need the assistance of the Singapore Court through the scheme of arrangement process.
IMS Scheme Companies will subsequently file applications in the Singapore Court to commence a scheme of arrangement to reorganise the liabilities and businesses of the IMS Group. Further information concerning the scheme of arrangement will be posted on our website (www.skaugen.com).
We are confident that the process will lead to a reinvigoration of the IMS Group and it will assist us to generate significant cash flow for the benefit of all stakeholders.
In the meantime, the IMS Group continues to pursue SSLNG opportunities, via Norgas Carriers AS, Norgas Carriers Pte Ltd, and Somargas II Pte Ltd, which the IMS Group has kept outside of the process described above. The IMS Group thanks its clients and key stakeholders for their continued support which is equally as important to the survival and success of the IMS Group as the process described above.
The IMS Group is committed to the clients and key stakeholders built over the years and will, in the spirit of corporate transparency, seek their opinions throughout the reorganization to achieve a swift and collaborative outcome amidst these trying times.
Should you have any further queries, please contact Bente Flø, Chief Financial Officer, on telephone +47 23 12 03 00 /+47 91 64 56 08 or by e- mail:email@example.com.