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Helix Announces New $250 Million Credit Facility for its Subsidiary Helix Q5000 Holdings S.A.R.L.

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Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE:HLX) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Helix Q5000 Holdings S.A.R.L., has entered into a credit agreement with a syndicated bank lending group for a term loan in the amount up to $250 million. The term loan will be funded at or near the time of delivery of the Q5000 vessel, which is currently estimated in early 2015.

The key features of the new secured credit facility include:

  • Debt nonrecourse to Helix
  • 5 year term
  • Pricing at Libor plus 250 basis points, with an undrawn fee of 87.5 basis points
  • Quarterly amortization payments on the term loan based on a seven year straight line repayment profile with a balloon payment at maturity

“This new credit facility provides attractive financing not only for the Q5000, but also allows Helix to maintain the capital resources to execute our capital spending plans for new well intervention vessels, both in progress as well as potential future vessels,” commented Anthony Tripodo, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Nordea Bank Finland Plc acted as Lead Arranger and Bookrunner of the new facility. Nordea Bank Finland Plc will serve as Administrative Agent.

About Helix

Helix Energy Solutions Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an international offshore energy company that provides specialty services to the offshore energy industry, with a focus on well intervention and robotics operations. For more information about Helix, please visit our website at

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