24 Feb CGG seeks finance for transformation plan
Planned €350 million share capital increase with preferential subscription rights
After careful review of the different options to address the Company’s financing needs as announced on November 5 2015, CGG intends to launch a capital increase to finance in particular the Group’s Transformation Plan.
CGG announces today the convening of a combined general shareholders’ meeting in order to delegate authority to the board of directors to decide on a capital increase of a maximum amount of €350 million (issue premium included) by issuance of ordinary shares with preferential subscription rights for shareholders.
This strengthening of the Group’s equity would complement its current refinancing transactions. The approximately $126 million of CGG’s $135 million outstanding 2017 bonds that have been tendered for cancellation during the early tender period of CGG Holding (U.S.) Inc.’s ongoing exchange offer and the €84 million Fugro loan will be replaced by a secured term loan due 2019. At the end of this process, most of CGG’s 2016/2018 mid-term debt will have been rescheduled.
Subject to the approval of the general shareholders’ meeting and market conditions, this capital increase will be launched as soon as possible following the general meeting. The final terms of this transaction will be determined by the Company’s board of directors.