Bulk Carrier Owner Excel Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Bulker MV Christine: Photo courtesy of Excel Maritime Carriers

Excel Maritime Carriers has entered into an agreement with its senior lenders on the terms of a financial restructuring, having now necessarily filed Chapter 11 petitions for relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The agreement, which has the support of Excel Maritime's senior secured lenders, is substantially similar to the previously announced agreement in principle the Company reached with the steering committee of its senior lenders and provides the Company with up to $80 million of additional liquidity, significantly strengthens its financial profile and positions Excel Maritime for future growth and success.

Excel Maritime state that the restructuring process is expected to have no impact on suppliers and Excel Maritime has taken steps to ensure continued supply of goods and services to its customers.

"Today, with the strong support of our senior lenders, we are moving forward with a financial restructuring," said Gabriel Panayotides, Chairman of the Board.  "We are confident that we are taking the right actions and we believe that the agreement that we signed today with our senior lenders and the court-supervised process provide for a clear and expedited path to strengthen our financial profile and position Excel Maritime for future growth and success.  We appreciate the continued support of our customers and suppliers, and we look forward to creating an even brighter future for Excel Maritime through this process."

Under the terms of the agreement Excel Maritime will receive:

  • Up to $50 million of capital as a result of an agreement between the senior lenders and an entity affiliated with the family of Mr. Panayotides. Under the terms of that agreement, this entity will receive a majority of the equity in Excel Maritime.
  • The release of an additional $30 million of currently restricted cash.

Excel currently owns and operates a fleet of 38 vessels (six Capesize, 14 Kamsarmax, 14 Panamax, two Supramax and two Handymax vessels), one of which, a Capesize vessel, is owned by a joint venture in which Excel beneficially owns a 71.4% interest, with a total carrying capacity of approximately 3.4 million DWT

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