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Friede Goldman Halter News

FGH Submits Reorganization Plan

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. that it has submitted its plan for reorganization to the United States Bankruptcy Court. Friede Goldman Halter has worked closely with its unsecured creditors to develop this plan. The plan calls for the reorganization of Friede Goldman Offshore and Halter Marine and anticipates that the previously announced sale of AmClyde and Friede & Goldman, Ltd. (a naval-architecture and marine-engineering firm specializing in offshore rig design) will be finalized. As Friede Goldman Halter emerges from Chapter 11 the resulting independent business units, and their management, are looking forward to increased interest from their loyal customer base.

FGL Sold to United Heavy Machinery

United Heavy B.V., a division of United Heavy Machinery, has purchased the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering business unit Friede & Goldman Ltd. (FGL) from Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. for a sum of $15 million. “We are pleased with the outcome of this auction,” said Jack Stone, president and CEO of Friede Goldman Halter. “The competitive bidding for FGL shows the level of confidence the marketplace has in the products and services offered by Friede & Goldman Ltd. and in its future.” “The sale of Friede & Goldman Ltd. is positive for the estate and the terms of the agreement provide continued access to the FGL design technology for Friede Goldman Offshore which should prove beneficial to both companies going forward.” said Ron Schnoor, President of Friede Goldman Offshore.

Friede Goldman Halter Lands Multi-Million Dollar OSV Contract

Halter Marine, Inc., the vessel segment of Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. has signed a contract for the new construction of a 230-ft. (70.1 m) offshore supply vessel for Kim Susan, Inc. Construction, which is scheduled to begin in 30 days, will be completed for delivery in one year.

FGH’s Convertible Note Interest Payment Status

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. announced that it has not made the semi-annual interest payment on its outstanding 4 1/2% convertible subordinated notes due 2004. The company plans to make this interest payment within the 30-day grace period provided under the indenture relating to the notes. Friede Goldman Halter is a world leader in the design and manufacture of equipment for the maritime and offshore energy industries. Its operating units are Friede Goldman Offshore (construction, upgrade and repair of drilling units, mobile production units and offshore construction equipment); Halter Marine (construction of vessels for commercial and governmental markets)…

After Mulling Options, FGH Will Protect Its Assets

Friede Goldman Halter Inc., manufacturer of offshore equipment for the energy industry, on Thursday said it filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The announcement comes a day after the announcement that investment group Pegasus Partners II would not pursue an agreement to provide Friede Goldman Halter with a $100 million loan. Friede Goldman filed its bankruptcy petition, allowing for reorganization of its debts, in the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Mississippi. The company's 31 subsidiaries that are co-borrowers or guarantors also plan to file reorganization petitions, Friede Goldman said.

Friede Goldman Halter To Get $100 Million Financing

Friede Goldman Halter announced that it and several of its affiliates have signed a letter of intent with Pegasus Partners II and affiliated entities for Pegasus to loan $100 million in the form of a senior secured note with a three-year maturity. In connection with the proposed transaction, the company will issue Pegasus warrants to purchase the company's common stock. The recommended transaction is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement and the satisfactory completion of due diligence by Pegasus.

Pegasus Ceases Definitive Agreement With Friede Goldman Halter

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. reported today that it has been advised by Pegasus Partners II, L.P. (``Pegasus'') that Pegasus no longer intends to pursue a Definitive Agreement for the proposed $100 million loan to the Company. The Company is continuing to discuss alternatives with Pegasus and others. However, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to obtain additional equity or financing on terms that will be acceptable.

Friede Goldman Halter Withdraws Junk Bond Sale

Friede Goldman Halter Inc. has shelved a junk bond sale expected to total $150 million because it wouldn't pay the high yields investors demanded. The company said it is evaluating alternative financing strategies. Friede Goldman Halter had been expected to privately sell seven-year senior secured notes with a yield of about 12 percent, market sources said. RBC Dominion Securities Inc. was arranging the sale, which was originally expected to be completed last week. The company withdrew its bond sale in an environment where investors have favored higher-rated junk bonds, which are considered the safest, and large bond sales, which are considered the most liquid.

FGH Anticipates Sale Completion

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. announced that the purchaser has completed financing arrangements for the sale of its Friede Goldman Offshore division based in Pascagoula, Mississippi. On November 15, Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) entered into a definitive contract to sell the assets of its Offshore division to ACON Offshore Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership and an affiliate of ACON Investments, in a transaction valued at approximately $61 million (USD). The sale hearing will take place in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Southern Division, on December 16, 2002. Court approval is expected, with a year-end closing anticipated.

FGH Contracts to Sell Friede Goldman Offshore

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. has completed the previously announced auction of its Friede Goldman Offshore division and has entered into a contract to sell the assets to ACON Offshore Partners LLP, a Delaware limited partnership, for approximately $61 million. The purchase price consists of $18 million in cash plus the assumption of approximately $43 million in secured debt. The sale is contingent upon the buyer receiving specific refinancing terms from certain existing secured creditors by November 22, 2002 and the receipt by the seller of the buyer's contract deposit on the same date. If these conditions are met, the sale would be presented on December 16, 2002 to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Southern Division, for approval.

FGH Completes Rig Repair

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) announced that FGO, the company's rig segment, has completed repairs to the Noble Amos Runner, an EVA 4000 semisubmersible which was damaged by an offshore supply vessel (OSV) during drilling operations. The rig had to undergo replacement of damaged structural elements. Noble also utilized the time to perform other minor modification work. The rig departed on budget and ahead of schedule. "We are very cognizant of the revenue loss our customers may suffer if their work is delayed. Meeting or beating their schedule is important to us and our customers," stated Anil Raj, chief operating officer of Friede Goldman Halter.

Stone Chosen to Lead FGH Comeback

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) announced late last week the resignation John Alford as President and Chief Executive Officer of Friede Goldman Halter. Mr. Alford has served in that capacity since August 2000. The Board of Directors has elected Mr. Jack R. Stone, Jr., currently serving as the Chief Restructuring Advisor to FGH, to the additional post of President and CEO effective April 5, 2002. Mr. Stone, a principal of Glass & Associates, Inc., a nationally prominent management-consulting firm, has been advising the Board of Directors since October 2001 on restructuring matters. As previous announced, FGH has filed a Plan of Reorganization which…

Friede Goldman and Halter Complete Merger

Friede Goldman International, Inc. and Halter Marine Group Inc. have announced the two companies have completed their previously announced merger and the name of the combined company is now Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. The new company will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on November 4, under the new symbol "FGH."

FGH Subsidiary Sells Interest in Ilion

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. has announced that one of its subsidiaries has sold its minority equity interest in Ilion LLC for $12.8 million to Noble Drilling Corporation. The Ilion, a Friede and Goldman designed semi submersible, is in the Friede Goldman Offshore shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Additionally Friede & Goldman, Ltd., recently received a contract from Noble Drilling to perform design engineering for phase one upgrading of the semi submersible. Phase one specifically involves the upgrading of the rig's hull.

Ocean Rig Commences Arbitration Against FGH

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. announced today that Ocean Rig ASA has commenced arbitration proceedings in London against Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., and Friede Goldman Offshore, Inc., under the Completion Contracts, as amended, for the outfitting of Ocean Rig’s two Bingo 9000 semi-submersible drilling rigs. Separately, FGH announced that it has been advised by its lenders under its $110 million credit facility that the company has violated certain of the covenants in the loan agreement. The company disputes the lenders’ assertions and has been in negotiations with the lenders regarding the parties’ outstanding issues. There can be no assurance, however, that the company and the lenders will reach a mutually agreeable resolution of those issues. - (Reuters)

Friede Goldman Halter sells vessel repair unit

Friede Goldman Halter Inc., which provides support for the offshore oil industry, announced it has agreed to sell its vessel repair unit to Bollinger Shipyards Inc. for $80 million. The all-cash deal with the Lockport, La.-based company, which is expected to be completed in July 2000, is structured as an asset sale and is subject to certain regulatory conditions. "We undertook to evaluate the strategic fit of each of our business lines," said J. L. Holloway, company chairman and CEO. "We determined that the vessel repair business did not fit our primary and long-term focus on large-scale offshore energy projects, highly complex commercial and government shipbuilding, and engineered products.

Halter Marine Will Build Tugs for Lockheed Martin

Halter Marine, Inc (HMI), a division of Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGHLQ) announced that it has received a Letter of Intent from Lockheed Martin Overseas Corporation to design, and build two Voith Schneider Tractor Tugs. This is a portion of a contract that Lockheed Martin signed with the Egyptian Ministry of Transport earlier this month. Lockheed has released funding for design and planning at this time, with details on the remainder of the project to be finalized later. The project is expected to take twenty-six months to complete. Anil Raj, Chief Operating Officer for Friede Goldman Halter said, “The partnership between Halter Marine and Lockheed is added confirmation that demand for quality vessels produced by Halter continues to grow internationally.

J.L. Holloway Resigns as Chairman of FGH

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. announced today that J.L. Holloway has resigned from the company's Board of Directors. Holloway, 57, has been the Chairman of the Board since April 1997. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Friede Goldman Offshore, Inc. (formerly HAM Marine, Inc.) from its formation in 1982 until April 1997. "The Board has accepted J.L.'s resignation and is grateful for the many years of service he has given to Friede Goldman Halter and its predecessors," said T. Jay Collins, Board Member and Chairman of the Restructuring Committee; "We wish J.L. the best in his endeavors."

Geiger Named FGH President

Friede Goldman Halter elected Paul Geiger, Jr. as president of Friede & Goldman, Ltd., the company's naval architecture division, which is renowned for its designs of mobile offshore drilling units for the offshore energy industry. Geiger, who joined the company in 1989 as vice president of design, will head Friede & Goldman's newly consolidated offices in Houston.

Friede Goldman Receives Conversion Project

Friede Goldman Offshore, the offshore energy division of Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., has been awarded a contract from Oceaneering International, for the shipyard work in Oceaneering's conversion of its Marine 7 jackup to a production unit. The unit will operate in the Legendre North and South fields on the Northwest Shelf of Western Australia.

FGH Sells Amclyde Division

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. on April 25 closed the previously announced sale of the company's AmClyde Division located in St. Paul, Minnesota, for approximately $36 million (USD) to Hydralift ASA, a Norwegian company. "This is an important step," said Jack Stone, President and Chief Executive Officer of Friede Goldman Halter. "The completion of this transaction provides a major portion of the liquidity necessary to accomplish the financial restructuring. The Company continues to move toward Court approval of its Plan of Reorganization. The officers and employees of the AmClyde division did an exemplary job of working with their customers during the bankruptcy and are joining another market leader."

FGH’s Newfoundland Sector Under New Ownership

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) announced today it has sold the assets of Friede Goldman Newfoundland, the company’s Canadian subsidiary located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, to Peter Kiewit Sons Co. Ltd.The transaction is part of the continuing effort to restructure the company and facilitate its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bob Shepherd, Executive vice president, administration of FGH, commented, “ The sale of the assets of FGN is in the best interests of the company as it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The transaction allows the company to reduce outstanding obligations.”

FGH, Ocean Rig End Dispute Over Drilling Rigs

Norway’s Ocean Rig and Friede Goldman Halter signed an agreement, ending a legal dispute over the building of two drilling rigs that was halted earlier this month. “Work on the rigs, which was suspended briefly by Friede Goldman, causing Ocean Rig to commence arbitration and other legal proceedings against Friede Goldman, resumed in full this morning,” it said in a statement to the Oslo Stock Exchange. “Both companies believe that this latest agreement ... reflects the strong interest of both companies in allocating resources as effectively as possible to complete the remaining work on the rigs,” it said. Friede Goldman, based in Gulfport…

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