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|Hercules Offshore, Inc. Files Voluntary, Pre-Packaged Chapter 11 Case to Facilitate Orderly Asset Sales, Maximize Value for Stakeholders|
Under the terms of the Plan, all of the Company's assets will be marketed for sale, and those left unsold at the completion of the Chapter 11 process will be placed into a wind-down vehicle to ensure their continued, safe operation until sales are finalized. The Company's international subsidiaries are not included as part of the Chapter 11 cases but will be part of the sale process.
The Plan provides that unsecured creditors will be paid in full in the ordinary course of business or at the completion of the Chapter 11 process. Shareholders will receive cash recoveries and interests in the wind-down vehicle if they vote as a class to accept the Plan or just interests in the wind-down vehicle if the class votes against the Plan. Importantly, shareholders will have to wait until the lenders are paid in full before receiving any recovery on their interests if the class votes to reject the Plan as opposed to receiving their pro rata share of
Hercules plans to operate its rigs and vessels as usual throughout the sale process and to meet its commitments to employees, customers and suppliers worldwide. To this end, the Company has filed the typical First Day Motions as part of its U.S. Chapter 11 case to continue its existing employee wage and benefit programs and to maintain its insurance. The Company also has filed a motion to continue paying suppliers' claims for goods and services delivered prior to today's filings under normal payment terms and fully expects to pay suppliers as usual for deliveries made from today forward.
Hercules continues to solicit votes from its shareholders. The Company strongly encourages shareholders to vote in favor of the Chapter 11 Plan because the Company believes shareholders will receive greater value if they accept as opposed to reject the Plan.
Hercules's Chapter 11 case is being heard in the
The Company has engaged
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