Norwegian’s reconstruction process in Ireland, called the Examinership, was today approved by the judge in the Irish High Court. Based on this decision, Norwegian will now send the same proposal for voting in Norway. Following this, the company will start the process of raising capital with the goal of a final resolution by the end of May.
The Examiner process in Ireland is a reconstruction involving several of the company’s Irish subsidiaries. The goal of the process, which started on 18th November last year, is primarily to strengthen the company financially and to rightsize the fleet in order to adapt to future demands.
“We are very happy to learn that the Irish High Court has approved the reconstruction plan. We can now go forward with the reconstruction in Norway and initiate a capital raise.”Says Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian.
The verdict from the Irish High Court was reached following meetings with the company’s creditors, whereby a large majority voted in favour of the reconstruction process. A similar voting process will now take place with the creditors in the Norwegian reconstruction during the next 14 days, prior to the final ruling from the Norwegian Court. The Norwegian reconstruction is therefore continuing as planned, and is expected to be completed by mid May.
“This is a demanding and ongoing process,however, the result of the court rulings today enforces our beliefs of a positive final outcome. We are looking forward to and are preparing fora post-pandemic world, without travel restrictions and open borders.”Said Schram.
The decision from the Irish High Court will be legally binding following an appeal period of one month and the company will technically still be in the Examinership until the process of capital raise is finalised. Given that the court proceedings continue as planned, Norwegian’s goal is to finalise the capital raise by the end of May 2021.
See also notice to the stock exchange about the court decision.