NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- "AlixPartners' unique mix of resources for successfully tackling complex international assignments, as well as our expertise in the maritime industry, really shone through in this engagement," said Peter Fitzsimmons, president of the Americas at AlixPartners and co-lead of the firm's Turnaround & Restructuring Services unit. "In accomplishing so much, including the virtually unanimous debt-for-equity exchange, in this contentious cross-border case, our entire team at DeepOcean proved once again that AlixPartners is the firm clients can turn to worldwide to help them solve the thorniest of challenges."
Trico Marine Group had operated as two separate businesses -- a towing and supply business, "Holdco," and subsea services divisions, "Opco." Holdco was saddled with approximately $400 million of debt and Opco's debt burden was almost $1 billion. To complicate matters, they had separate groups of lenders and separate collateral pools. Because the two parts lacked integration, the turnaround team had to successfully execute a debt-for-equity exchange at Opco and a liquidation plan for Holdco.
AlixPartners was engaged by the company in June 2010, and working with other advisors quickly developed a strategy to stabilize liquidity, prepare for a Chapter 11 filing at Holdco and develop a business plan that would allow for a robust enterprise in the future.
Along the way, the team quickly developed a complex, modular financial model to generate consolidated financial projections for the management team and creditors, and also developed a consolidated cash-forecasting tool to help the company manage liquidity during periods of severe cash shortages.
The results, in addition to achieving the consensual debt-for-equity exchange, the consensual plan of liquidation for Holdco and the successful negotiation of a new credit facility for DeepOcean, include the execution of long-needed capital-improvement projects, the return of working-capital accounts to industry norms and the winning of previously unavailable work for the company.
Also recognized by the TMA for their work on the DeepOcean engagement were: John E. Mitchell, Vinson & Elkins LLP; David Hilty, Houlihan Lokey; David Ying, Evercore; Andrew Rosenberg, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Joel H. Levitin, Cahill Gordon Reindel LLP; Richard Sjøqvist, Bugge, Arentz-Hansen & Rasmussen; and Robert Dehney, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP.
The award will be presented at the TMA's 24th Annual Conference in Boston at the Westin Copley Place, which runs Nov. 1-3.
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