PIL seeking time for financial restructuring through Singaporean courts

Under pressure Pacific International Lines (PIL) has provided an update on its restructuring, heading to Singapore’s High Court yesterday to seek approval for a scheme of arrangement with creditors as it awaits further financing from a unit of the republic’s sovereign wealth fund.

The scheme of arrangement – a Singaporean version of bankruptcy protection – would last for four months if the court approves it, giving PIL more time to negotiate with Heliconia Capital Management, a Temasek unit, which is in the process of rescuing the shipping line.

PIL executive chairman SS Teo told Splash today: “As we have formulated a comprehensive restructuring plan with financial lenders, advisors and Heliconia Capital Management, today’s commencement of a scheme of arrangement process is a significant milestone for PIL in the debt-reprofiling plan to ensure the company’s long-term sustainability and success.

PIL’s debt reprofiling is essential for the company’s long term survival

It is a natural progression and will provide our creditors, noteholders, banks, and other interested parties the assurance that their interests will be treated in a fair and transparent way.”

Teo said the scheme of arrangement also allows PIL to continue to operate smoothly without disruption.

PIL’s financial woes have seen the company sell off a long swathe of assets in the last couple of years. The company’s liner fleet has reduced in size from around 400,000 slots at the start of the year to stand at 295,108 slots today, according to data from Alphaliner.