Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Oil and gas company announced deferral of payment of interest

Greenfields Petroleum Corporation, a junior oil and natural gas company focused on the development and production of oil and gas reserves in the Republic of Azerbaijan, has secured temporary relief from the interest payments related to the debenture indenture governing the 9 per cent convertible unsecured debentures. On June 30, 2015, the majority of the holders of Debentures instructed the trustee to waive the Event of Default resulting from the failure by Greenfields resulting from the failure by the company to make the interest payment due on May 31, 2015. Pursuant to the waiver, the May Interest Payment was deferred until the earlier of: (i) December 30, 2015; and (ii) 15 business days after the receipt by Greenfields Petroleum International Company Ltd. (GPIC) of payment from Bahar Energy Limited (BEL) of at least US$9.0mln of the Default Amount. Also, a further interest payment was due under the Debentures on November 30, 2015.

GPIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Greenfields Petroleum Corporation, holding one third of interest in Bahar Energy Limited; another two thirds are held by British Virgin Islands-registered Baghlan Group Ltd., which failed to fund its share of the costs of Bahar Energy in accordance with the shareholders agreement and its loan funding obligation to BEL.

As at November 30, 2015, GPIC has funded by way of loans to BEL, over US$22.1 million to cover the defaulted obligations of the BVI company. By this date, the total amount due to GPIC is estimated at US$ 28.1 million. Receivers have taken control of Baghlan and are seeking to sell either Baghlan or Baghlan's interest in BEL. In June 2015, the company filed for an order appointing a liquidator in the British Virgin Islands.