Tullow Secures $2B in New Debt Funding

Tullow Oil has finalized arrangements for US$2 billion of new reserve based lend debt facilities.

The US$2 billion of debt is split between a Senior Facility of US$1.785 billion, a Junior Facility of US$100 million and an IFC facility of US$115 million with a final maturity of December 2015. The margin on the Senior and IFC facilities, depending on the level drawn, is up to 3.75% over US$ LIBOR.

On Friday March 6, facility documentation for US $1.885 billion was executed by BNP Paribas, Bank of Scotland Plc, Barclays Bank PLC, Calyon, ING Bank N.V., Lloyds TSB Bank plc, Natixis SA, NIBC Bank N.V., Societe Generale, Standard Bank Plc, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc. In addition, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have Board approval to provide the remaining US$115 million.

The new debt facilities will replace the Group's existing reserve based lend debt arrangements and provide funding for Tullow's future capital commitments, including the world-class Jubilee project in Ghana.

"These new debt arrangements represent a major milestone in the development of Tullow's financial capability," said Ian Springett, CFO of Tullow Oil. "To put in place debt arrangements of this scale, particularly in the current credit environment, is a tremendous achievement. This demonstrates the quality of Tullow's assets as well as the strength of our banking relationships. Combined with our equity placing in January, we are strongly positioned to pursue our current investment plans and longer term growth strategy."