The Board of Seadrill Limited (“Seadrill” or the "Company") (OSE: SDRL, OTCQX:SDRLF) today announces that Chapter 11 cases have been filed in the Southern District of Texas in respect of Seadrill and its consolidated subsidiaries (the "Seadrill Group") with the exceptions set out below.
These filings are made in addition to the Chapter 11 cases filed separately for Seadrill GCC Operations Ltd, Asia Offshore Limited, Asia Offshore Rig 1 Limited, Asia Offshore Rig 2 Limited and Asia Offshore Rig 3 Limited, as announced by the Company on February 7, 2021. The Chapter 11 filings do not include Seadrill New Finance Limited and its subsidiaries; Seabras Servicos de Petroleo SA, Seadrill JU Newco Bermuda Limited, Seadrill Member LLC, Seadrill Mobile Units UK Limited, Seadrill Partners LLC Holdco Limited, Seadrill Seabras SP UK Limited, Seadrill Seabras UK Limited, Seadrill Seadragon UK Limited, Seadrill SeaMex 2 de Mexico S de RL de CV, Seadrill SeaMex SC Holdco Limited, Seadrill SKR Holdco Limited, Sevan Drilling Rig VI AS, and Sevan Drilling Rig VI Pte Ltd.
As part of the Chapter 11 cases, Seadrill filed "first day" motions that, when granted, will enable day-to-day operations of the Seadrill Group to continue as usual. Specifically, Seadrill has requested the authority to pay key trade creditors and employee wages and benefits without change or interruption and expects it will pay all suppliers and vendors in full under normal terms for goods and services provided during the Chapter 11 cases. At the point of filing, Seadrill has approximately $650m in cash and does not require debtor-in-possession financing.
The Chapter 11 cases are opened to facilitate a balance sheet restructuring which will enable Seadrill to continue to operate its modern fleet of drilling units. It is expected that this will lead to significant equitization of debt which is likely to result in minimal or no recovery for current shareholders. As a consequence of the Chapter 11 cases, Seadrill will submit an application to the Bermuda Supreme Court for the appointment of Joint Provisional Liquidators under Bermuda law to oversee the Chapter 11 cases in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the Company.
Commenting today, Stuart Jackson, CEO of Seadrill, said:
"This announcement marks the start of the court supervised process that will create a company that is financially sustainable for the long term. We are working closely with our stakeholders to ensure we achieve an outcome that gives us the flexibility to weather the low points in our industry cycles, whilst positioning us well for market recovery.
I would like to thank all our stakeholders for their continued support as we move through this legal process, in particular, our customers, vendors and employees, all of whom demonstrate continued support of our safe and efficient operational delivery."
This press release is not intended to be, and should not in any way be construed as, a solicitation of votes of stakeholders regarding the Chapter 11 proceedings.
The Company has engaged Kirkland & Ellis LLP as legal counsel, Houlihan Lokey, Inc. as financial advisor, and Alvarez & Marsal as restructuring advisor. Slaughter and May has been engaged as corporate counsel. Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is serving as Norwegian counsel. Conyers Dill & Pearman is serving as Bermuda counsel.