Trico Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has successfully completed its Chapter 11 reorganization and it and two principal subsidiaries have also emerged from bankruptcy.
Thomas Fairley, Trico's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "We are pleased to emerge from bankruptcy and I would like to thank the Company's customers, employees and suppliers for their continued support. Their loyalty and hard work have made it possible to reach this point on such an expedited schedule."
Chapter 11 petitions were filed by Trico and its two principal U.S. subsidiaries on December 21, 2004. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed
Trico's Plan of Reorganization on January 21, 2005 and all conditions have been met which cleared the way for Trico and its subsidiaries to emerge from Chapter 11.
As a result of the reorganization, the Company eliminated debt and accrued interest totaling in excess of $275 million, and reduced annual interest expense by approximately $22.2 million. Trico emerges with $145 million of consolidated indebtedness as well as $53 million of borrowing capacity under its new and existing credit facilities pro forma as of December 31, 2004.
Under the terms of the plan of reorganization (the "Plan"), the holders of the Company's $250 million 8 7/8% senior notes
due 2012 (the "Senior Notes") on the date of the Company's emergence from Chapter 11 (the "Effective Date") receive, in exchange for their total claims (including principal and accrued and unpaid interest), 10,000,000 shares of common stock of the reorganized Company (the "New Common Stock"), representing 100% of the fully-diluted common stock of the reorganized Company before giving effect to (i) the potential exercise of warrants to be distributed to the Company's existing holders of common stock pursuant to the Plan and (ii) stock options and restricted stock issued under a long-term incentive plan.
In addition, pursuant to the Plan, holders of the Company's common stock ("Old Common Stock") will be entitled to receive, on a pro rata basis, for each 74 shares of Old Common Stock, warrants that are exercisable for, in the aggregate, 10% of the New Common Stock of the reorganized Company (before giving effect to the long-term incentive plan). All of the shares of Old Common Stock have been cancelled and converted into the right to receive warrants described above.
The Nasdaq has assigned the stock symbol TRMA as the trading symbol for the new common stock.