Seadrill Limited (SDRL) – Seadrill plan of reorganisation overwhelmingly accepted by all classes of voting creditors and shareholders

Seadrill Limited (SDRL) (“Seadrill” or the "Company") (OSE:SDRL, OTCPK:SDRLF) has announced the voting results for its plan of reorganisation (the “Plan”).  All voting classes of stakeholders accepted the Plan, including all 12 credit facilities and general unsecured creditors and shareholders.  Over 96% of secured lenders voted, and over 88% of secured lenders accepted the Plan.

The following is a summary of the results by class:

Plan Class Name Percentage Accepting(By Dollar Amount)[1]
4A AOD Credit Agreement Claims 100%[2]
4B $450MM Eminence Credit Agreement Claims 100%
4C NADL Credit Agreement Claims 86.89%
4D $1.35B Credit Agreement Claims 93.70%
4E $950MM Credit Agreement Claims 100%
4F ECA Credit Agreement Claims 100%
4G $1.5B Credit Agreement Claims 100%
4H $1.75B Credit Agreement Claims 71.81%
4I $450MM Nordea Credit Agreement Claims 100%
4J $300MM Credit Agreement Claims 100%
4K $440MM Credit Agreement Claims 100%
4L $400MM Credit Agreement Claims 100%
6 General Unsecured Claims 91.68%
9 Equity Interests in Seadrill Limited 85.72%[3]

[1] Reflects percentage accepting of those voting, by dollar amount of claims, except where otherwise noted.  Each voting class also accepted the Plan based on number of creditors voting.
[2] AOD Credit Agreement Claims were unimpaired and accordingly deemed to accept the Plan.
[3] Reflects percentage accepting of those voting by number of shares.  As a result of all voting classes of creditors accepting the Plan, existing shareholders are contemplated to receive a recovery of 0.25% of the new equity, subject to dilution.

Based on these results, Seadrill is on track to have its Plan confirmed at the confirmation hearing scheduled for 26 October. If the Plan is confirmed by the Court on that date, Seadrill is targeting exiting chapter 11 proceedings approximately 60 days thereafter, subject to certain customary conditions, including certain antitrust approvals. 

Grant Creed, CFO, commented: “The near-unanimous acceptance of the Plan by our lenders is another important step towards Seadrill’s emergence from chapter 11. This has been a long journey to deliver broad support across our creditor constituency, but I am confident that our eventual emergence will place us back at the heart of a sector collectively going through significant re-adjustment and reinforce our position as a market leader.”

The deadline for creditors to have submitted votes on the Plan was 7 October. The results are subject to ongoing review by Prime Clerk, Seadrill’s balloting agent, and remain subject to change.  Prime Clerk will file a report certifying the final voting results to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the “Court”) by 22 October.  

Shareholders are reminded that under the Plan of Reorganisation their holding in the post emergence entity will drop to 0.25 percent.

Copies of the Plan and Disclosure Statement, as well as other information regarding the Company’s chapter 11 cases, are available at the following website:

About Seadrill

Seadrill is a leading offshore drilling contractor utilizing advanced technology to unlock oil and gas resources for clients across harsh and benign locations across the globe. Seadrill’s high quality, technologically advanced fleet spans all asset classes allowing its experienced crews to conduct its operations from shallow to ultra-deep-water environments. The Company operates 42 rigs, which includes drillships, jack-ups and semi-submersibles. 

Seadrill is listed on the Oslo Børs and OTC Pink markets. For more information, visit


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