On August 20, 2009, the Company entered into an amendment to its credit facility, whereby the loan-to-value covenant has been waived up to and including November 30, 2010 with the next loan-to-value test scheduled for April 30, 2011. Amounts borrowed under the amended credit facility bear interest at LIBOR plus a fixed interest margin of 3.50% up to November 30, 2010. Thereafter, the margin will be between 2.50% and 3.50% depending on the loan-to-value ratio.
In connection with the amended credit facility Global Ship Lease may not pay dividends to common shareholders, instead using its cash flow to prepay borrowings under the credit facility. Global Ship Lease can resume dividends after November 30, 2010 and once the loan-to-value is at or below 75%, when the prepayment of borrowings becomes fixed at $10 million per quarter.
On September 28, 2010 the Company agreed with its bank group to defer to December 30, 2010 the debt prepayment of approximately $16 million otherwise due on September 30, 2010. The deferment was to enhance the Company's flexibility as it explored solutions concerning the purchase of two 4,250 vessels due in December 2010 for which there was no committed finance.
In the nine months ended September 30, 2010 a total of $35.1 million has been prepaid leaving a balance outstanding of $553.1 million. The Company estimates that a further $53.8 million will be prepaid in the year ending September 30, 2011.
Termination of Purchase Agreements
On November 8, 2010, the Company signed agreements with the sellers of two 4,250 TEU container vessels which, once certain conditions have been satisfied, terminate the Company's purchase obligations which totaled $154.8 million. The Company has agreed to (i) release deposits, including accrued interest and totaling approximately $8.1 million per vessel, to the sellers, (ii) make a further cash payment of approximately $6.1 million per vessel and (iii) transfer to the sellers certain supplies purchased for the vessels which are valued at approximately $0.5 million per vessel. The total value of these items is $14.7 million per vessel. In exchange, the Company acquires purchase options giving it the right, but not the obligation, to purchase each vessel on the first anniversary of its delivery by the builder to the seller, for a final payment of $61.25 million per vessel. Each purchase option is to be exercised no later than 270 days after the delivery of the vessel by the builder to the seller, which is expected to be in December 2010 for both vessels. If the Company does not exercise the purchase options, the sellers retain all monies paid to them and the Company has no further liability. In certain circumstances, such as seller default, the Company is refunded the $14.7 million.