TNT files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
By Alex Dahm and Hannah Sundermeyer31 August 2020
Texas, USA-based TNT Crane & Rigging has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, writes ICST sister magazine American Cranes & Transport.
The company presented a plan to refinance and restructure its capital. Bankruptcy protection documents filed on 23 August 2020 said, “The company has sought to refinance and delever its capital structure, but US$466 million of the company’s debt obligations mature in the next four months. Facing a maturity wall during the Covid-19 crisis, the company is compelled to restructure its capital structure through these Chapter 11 cases.”
Earlier in August TNT sought to implement a debt-for-equity exchange with its lien holders that required the participation of 100 percent of the first lien and second lien lenders. Simultaneously, TNT prepared its reorganisation plan through cases under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
CEO Mike Appling said in the bankruptcy declaration that the company’s scope of work is diversified, with no single industry sector getting more than 24 percent of business. He said the company had been decreasing its participation in the oil and gas sector in recent years because of the weakness of the energy market. The documents said that only 11 percent of TNT’s business was oil and gas related.
On 25 August TNT received bankruptcy court approval to tap into a $45 million post-petition loan to fund its operations during the bankruptcy, according to an article on law360.com
TNT said it was forced into bankruptcy after the Covid-19 outbreak and dips in oil and gas prices stopped its attempts to complete an asset sale and restructuring out of court.
One of the largest crane companies in the United States, TNT was founded in 1985. The company owns and operates some 700 cranes and employs about 1,300 people throughout the country.