Japanese FPSO provider MODEC has decided to issue project bonds to international investors to refinance an FPSO vessel chartered to the TUPI consortium led by Petrobras with the aim of strategically diversifying its financing sources for MODEC’s entire FPSO charter business.
The Japanese company said in a statement on Thursday that, in recent years, the number of FPSO charter projects simultaneously executed by MODEC is increasing and the scale of financing for these projects is also expanding.
In response to these changes in the business environment, the aims of issuing the project bond are to enhance MODEC Group’s financial stability by diversifying its financing sources for FPSO projects, as well as to secure financing flexibility for the future growth of the MODEC Group, the company explained.
This project bond was issued for the FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba MV24, which has been deployed and is currently in operation at the Iracema Sul oil field, operated by Petrobras, in the giant “pre-salt” region offshore Brazil.
The shareholders of Cernambi Sul MV24 B.V., which owns the FPSO, are MODEC, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Marubeni Corporation. The FPSO is currently chartered by a consortium formed by Petrobras (65%), Shell (25%) and Petrogal Brasil (10%) under a fixed-price charter contract that extends until 2034.
The FPSO achieved the first oil production in October 2014 at which time the 20-year charter of the FPSO began. MODEC was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization and installation of the FPSO. A MODEC Group company in Brazil is also providing operations and maintenance services for the FPSO, which accounts for approximately 4% of Brazil’s daily hydrocarbon production.
The capital cost for the construction of the FPSO was originally financed by equity capital from the four sponsors of Cernambi Sul MV24 B.V., as well as by project finance from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and commercial banks. Proceeds from the issuance of the project bond were used to refinance the project finance and make a distribution to sponsors.
First project bond for FPSO
MODEC said that this transaction marks the first project bond for an FPSO project sold in the Regulation S/Rule 144A market, and was sold to a broad range of international investors outside Japan, mainly in Europe and the United States.
According to the Japanese company, total investor demand for the issue was approximately two-times the issue amount of the $1.1 billion project bond.
MODEC is currently carrying out 11 FPSO charter projects simultaneously all over the world, and four more FPSOs are currently under construction.
With diverse means of financing, which can be applied to both existing and new charter projects, MODEC is able to respond more flexibly to the recent burgeoning demand for FPSOs and thus establish a robust position in the FPSO industry, the company concluded.
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