Bibby Offshore has reached an agreement on the recapitalisation of its balance sheet with noteholders who hold 80% of the £175 million 7.5% senior secured notes due June 15, 2021 issued by its subsidiary Bibby Offshore Services. The terms of the recapitalisation should result in the Group having a debt-free balance sheet with an equity injection of £50 million to enable it to consolidate and expand its position within the offshore inspection, repairs and maintenance and construction markets.At completion of the transaction, Bibby Line Group Limited (BLG) will transfer its entire ownership in Bibby Offshore to the Group’s noteholders.Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore, said:“This transaction will result in significant investment flowing into the business and will provide the Group with an excellent and robust financial platform from which to continue to weather current market conditions and to capitalise on future opportunities within the offshore services market as it improves over the medium term. The elimination of our debt service burden, when taken together with the benefits of our cost-saving initiatives, will position our business well to maximise cash flow through the current market downturn.“We look forward to continuing to provide a high quality, responsive service safely to our customers. We would also like to thank our customers and suppliers for the loyalty and patience they have shown whilst we have worked to complete this transaction, our existing shareholder BLG, for its cooperation and financial support to date, and our noteholders who have agreed to make a significant financial investment in the Group in order to support the business moving forward.”
Manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed the Belgium international did not sustain a serious injury in the 4-0 defeat in Tuesday night’s Merseyside derby at Anfield. Lukaku was carried off on a stretcher after colliding with team-mate Gareth Barry as they tried to prevent Steven Gerrard scoring the first goal in the 21st minute. “There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought,” Martinez told evertonfc.com. “It will be a case of weeks rather than months.” Lukaku has scored nine goals in 20 appearances since joining on loan from Chelsea in the summer. He joins the likes of Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson (both knee) and Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin (both hamstring) on the injury list. Everton will contact Liverpool after a number of concerns were highlighted by visiting fans about access problems to Anfield. “We are aware of a significant number of complaints regarding queue management from supporters waiting to enter Anfield at last night’s derby match,” said director of communications Alan Myers. “The club will make contact with Liverpool Football Club to raise these matters.” Press Association Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is likely to be out for “weeks rather than months” with an ankle injury.