Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2023
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Debt as of March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, consisted of the following (in thousands):
March 31, 2023 December 31, 2022
6.875% Senior Notes
$ 393,114  $ 392,763 
Lombard Debt —  118,658 
NatWest Debt 157,885  — 
Total debt 550,999  511,421 
Less short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt (12,849) (11,656)
Total long-term debt $ 538,150  $ 499,765 
6.875% Senior Notes In February 2021, the Company issued $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.875% senior secured notes due March 2028 (the “6.875% Senior Notes”) and received net proceeds of $395.0 million. The 6.875% Senior Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed as to payment by a number of subsidiaries. Interest on the 6.875% Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on March 1st and September 1st of each year. The 6.875% Senior Notes may be redeemed at any time and from time to time, with sufficient notice and at the applicable redemption prices set forth in the indenture governing the 6.875% Senior Notes, inclusive of any accrued and unpaid interest leading up to the redemption date. The indenture governing the 6.875% Senior Notes contains covenants that restrict the Company’s ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, pay dividends or make other distributions or repurchase or redeem the Company’s capital stock, prepay, redeem or repurchase certain debt, make loans and investments, sell assets, incur liens, enter into transactions with affiliates, enter into agreements restricting its subsidiaries’ ability to pay dividends, and consolidate, merge or sell all or substantially all of its assets. In addition, upon a specified change of control trigger event, the Company must make an offer to repurchase all or part of each noteholder’s notes at an offer price of 101% of the aggregate principal
amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest. As of March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company had $6.9 million and $7.2 million, respectively, of unamortized deferred financing fees associated with the 6.875% Senior Notes.
Lombard Debt In January 2023, in connection with its upcoming maturity, the Company made a $129.1 million payment to extinguish the Lombard Debt.
NatWest Debt In January 2023, the Company entered into two thirteen-year secured equipment financings with National Westminster Bank Plc (“NatWest”) for aggregate proceeds of $169.5 million. The net proceeds from the financings were used to refinance the indebtedness of the Lombard Debt and will be used to provide additional financing to support the Company’s obligations under its search and rescue (“SAR”) contracts in the U.K. The credit facilities have thirteen-year terms with repayment due in quarterly installments which commenced on March 31, 2023, with a $3.2 million principal payment. The credit facilities bear interest at a rate equal to the Sterling Overnight Index Average (“SONIA”) plus 2.75% per annum. Bristow's obligations under the NatWest Debt are secured by ten SAR helicopters. As of and March 31, 2023 , the Company had $9.1 million of unamortized deferred financing fees associated with the NatWest debt.
ABL FacilityThe Company’s asset-backed revolving credit facility (the “ABL Facility”) matures in May 2027, subject to certain early maturity triggers related to maturity of other material debt or a change of control of the Company. Amounts borrowed under the ABL Facility (i) are secured by certain accounts receivable owing to the borrower subsidiaries and the deposit accounts into which payments on such accounts receivable are deposited, and (ii) are fully and unconditionally guaranteed as to payment by the Company, as a parent guarantor, and each of Bristow Norway AS, Bristow Helicopters Limited, Bristow U.S. LLC and Era Helicopters, LLC. As of March 31, 2023, the ABL Facility provided for commitments in an aggregate amount of $85.0 million with the ability to increase the total commitments up to a maximum aggregate amount of $120.0 million, subject to the terms and conditions therein.
As of March 31, 2023, there were no outstanding borrowings under the ABL Facility nor had the Company made any draws during the three months ended March 31, 2023. Letters of credit issued under the ABL Facility in the aggregate face amount of $3.2 million were outstanding on March 31, 2023.