HOUSTON, Jul 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR) announced today that it has
amended its credit facility, which matures in December 2012, to
temporarily increase the Company's permitted maximum consolidated debt
to EBITDA leverage ratio, reduce its quarterly term loan amortization
and to permit the transfer of the saturation diving vessels the Eclipse
and Texas to an international subsidiary and their
corresponding release as collateral under the Credit Agreement.
While the Company did not anticipate a breach of its leverage ratio
covenant prior to effecting the amendment, it took proactive measures to
modify the covenant to enhance its liquidity and financial flexibility
through increased access to its $300 million revolving credit facility.
The Company further increased its financial flexibility with the
deferral of a portion of its $20 million quarterly term loan
amortization. The two vessels that may be released as collateral in the
future have been working internationally, and the permitted transfer of
the vessels to an international subsidiary may allow the Company to
achieve certain future tax benefits as well as increase its flexibility
to pursue growth opportunities overseas.
Quinn Hébert, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal
Dive, stated, "We felt this amendment made sense as a prudent and
proactive measure to enhance our liquidity. We were not forecasting a
breach of the leverage ratio covenant but this was a cost effective
approach to maintain financial flexibility so we can continue to pursue
growth opportunities. This amendment gives us access to the full amount
of our $300 million revolver as of June 30, 2010."
The Company's permitted leverage ratio covenant, Debt to EBITDA,
increases from 3.75x to 4.75x through June 30, 2011, decreasing to
4.25x through September 30, 2011 and returning to 3.75x thereafter.
The quarterly payment on the Company's term loan, of which $195
million is currently outstanding, decreases from $20 million to
approximately $14.8 million beginning with the next scheduled payment
on September 30, 2010. The deferred amortization will be repaid upon
maturity of the credit facility in December 2012.
As a result of the amendment, the interest rate margin on revolving
loans increased to generally prevailing market rates but remains
subject to fluctuation in relation to the Company's consolidated
leverage ratio as provided in the credit agreement. Based on the
Company's expected consolidated leverage ratio as of June 30, 2010,
the margin under the new pricing grid for Eurodollar rate loans
increased from 2.25% to 3.0% for a total current interest rate of
For lenders who agreed to forego their quarterly term loan
amortization, the margin on their term loan commitments is now subject
to a pricing grid while those lenders who did not grant such consent
had their term loan margin remain fixed at 2.25%. The result is a
current blended margin on the term loan of approximately 2.5% for a
total current interest rate of 3.2%.
Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a
marine contractor that provides an integrated offshore construction
solution to its customers, including manned diving, pipelay and pipe
burial, platform installation and platform salvage services to the
offshore oil and natural gas industry on the Gulf of Mexico OCS,
Northeastern U.S., Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, the
Middle East, India and the Mediterranean, with a fleet of 29 vessels,
including 19 surface and saturation diving support vessels and 10
SOURCE: Cal Dive International, Inc.
Cal Dive International, Inc.
Vice President- Finance
Brent Smith, (713) 361-2634