Paragon Offshore plc (OTC: PGNPF), a global provider of offshore drilling rigs, has elected to defer an interest payment of approximately $15.4 million due Jan. 15 on its 6.75% senior unsecured notes maturing July 2022. Under the terms of the indenture governing the 2022 notes, the company has a 30-day grace period after the interest payment date before an event of default occurs. Paragon believes it is in the best interests of all stakeholders, including equity holders, to use the grace period to continue to engage in discussions with its secured and unsecured debtholders related to alternatives to improve Paragon's long-term capital structure.
There is no assurance that the discussions with Paragon's debtholders will result in an agreement before the end of the grace period. Paragon can elect to make the interest payment at any time during the grace period. However, if Paragon decides not to make the interest payment by the end of the grace period, such failure would result in the rights of the requisite holders of certain of its indebtedness, including the 2022 notes and revolving credit facility, to accelerate the repayment of the principal amounts due thereunder, which acceleration would result in a cross-default under Paragon's term loan facility.
President and CEO Randall D. Stilley said, "Paragon has made the strategic choice to defer this interest payment as constructive dialogue with debtholders continues. We believe we are making progress in achieving our objective to improve the long-term capital structure of the company. Paragon's substantial cash position at Dec. 31, 2015, more than $750 million, provides us with flexibility as we negotiate. Furthermore, it allows us to continue to meet all of our obligations to suppliers, employees, and others as we deliver safe, reliable, and effective operations to our customers in the normal course of business."