Since the fourth quarter of 2011 the Company's liquidity situation has been very tight, and the total bank debt could be called at any time at the banks' discretion due to non-compliance with certain financial covenants. Through negotiations with the bank group during 2012 it became clear that the only achievable solution with the bank group would not provide immediate debt relief in the balance sheet nor any new liquid equity contribution. A solution could be found where TORM gained time for a potential general market improvement in order to best preserve shareholder value. Therefore, TORM signed a conditional agreement in principle with the banks and the major time charter partners regarding a long-term financing solution as stated in announcement no. 14 dated 4 April 2012 and elaborated in announcement no. 20 dated 23 April 2012 and at the Annual General Meeting.
Completion of the restructuring agreement
The conditional agreement in principle formed the basis of the restructuring agreement, which is very comprehensive and contains a number of supplementary agreements with individual parties, including amendments to TORM's existing financing agreements. During the period from April to November 2012, the final contractual framework was detailed, documented and completed by the banks, the group of time charter partners and the Company. This prolonged process, including the period leading up to this, was very costly to the Company, but it was preferable to the alternative. I will now explain the details of the restructuring.
Content of the restructuring agreement - BanksNew facility As part of the restructuring, TORM has secured new working capital of USD 100 million until 30 September 2014 with first lien in the majority of the Company's vessels. Amended terms and conditions Through the implementation of the restructuring, the Company's group of banks has aligned key terms and conditions and financial covenants across all existing debt facilities, and all maturities on existing credit facilities have been adjusted to 31 December 2016.