Awards

  • Offshore Project Finance Deal of the Year 2019 Gimi FLNG

    Clifford Capital-led FLNG Gimi Financing Wins at 2019 PFI and Marine Money Awards

    09 April 2020

    Singapore, 9 April 2020 – Clifford Capital Pte. Ltd. (“Clifford Capital”), a specialist provider of debt financing solutions globally to companies and projects with a nexus to Singapore in the infrastructure and maritime sectors, today announces that the USD700m senior secured term loan financing for the Gimi Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (“FLNG”) project (“FLNG Gimi” or the “Project”), has been awarded the “Offshore Project Finance Deal of the Year” at the 2019 Marine Money “Deal of the Year” Awards.

    This win closely follows Clifford Capital’s recent win at the 2019 Project Finance International (“PFI”) Awards, where the Project has been awarded the “African LNG Deal of the Year”.

    Clifford Capital, as Lead Coordinator and one of four Bookrunning Mandated Lead Arrangers (“BMLAs”), arranged a USD700m senior secured term loan (the “Facility”) to Gimi MS Corporation (the “Borrower”). The Borrower is jointly owned by Golar LNG and Keppel Capital on a 70:30 basis and the Facility was established to finance the development, construction and operation of the FLNG Gimi.

    The Project will see the conversion of a Moss LNG carrier at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore into a FLNG unit. When completed, the FLNG Gimi will be stationed at a nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border under a 20-year charter contract with BP in the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field offshore West Africa.

    The Facility, which features a tenor of 10 years covering the pre- and post-delivery phases on the back of a 12-year amortisation profile, is the first limited recourse project financing for a FLNG vessel in the international commercial bank market. Clifford Capital assembled the four-bank group which includes ABN Amro, ING and Natixis to jointly structure, arrange and provide the underwriting commitment, followed by a syndication effort to bring in additional commercial banks for the financing.

    The BMLAs successfully syndicated the Facility to eight participating banks in September 2019, with the final bank group comprising 12 lenders, and achieved financial close in October 2019. Notably, the financing attracted strong interest from Asia-based banks, with a total of five Asian lenders, including three Singapore-based lenders, reflecting the robust demand for commercial financing of projects being developed by world-class yards and Sponsors with an established track record.

    “The award is a testament to our growing capabilities as a specialist provider of financing solutions globally. We are honoured to have played a significant role in developing this novel limited recourse project financing solution and in elevating a groundbreaking FLNG concept amongst the international banking community. Leveraging on our ability to structure bespoke innovative solutions, we will continue to address the market gaps in cross-border project and structured financing and fulfill our mandate of supporting Singapore companies in their key exports and catalyzing their growth in overseas markets” said Clive Kerner, CEO of Clifford Capital.

    The FLNG Gimi follows from the successful conversion of the world’s first FLNG conversion of Hilli Episeyo, which Keppel Shipyard delivered in record time and on budget to Golar LNG in 2017.

    Mr Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine said, “As a leading provider of solutions to the offshore, marine and energy industries, Keppel O&M welcomes the increased project financing support in Singapore, spearheaded by Clifford Capital. This encourages customers to take up innovative solutions like our FLNG franchise. Keppel O&M’s pioneering solutions, engineering know-how and execution track record, complemented by the syndication expertise of commercial lenders such as Clifford Capital, will keep us at the forefront of developing winning solutions for the market.”

    Keppel’s participation as equity investor in addition to its role as EPC contractor is a strong reflection of its confidence in the prospects of the FLNG sector and its buy-in to the viability of the conversion concept. The long-term charter with BP provides further validation of this concept. The successful conclusion of this commercial project financing for the FLNG segment will pave the way for future financings of similar projects.

    “We are pleased to partner with Clifford Capital on the development of an innovative and fit-for-purpose finance solution for the FLNG Gimi. Keppel’s investment in the FLNG Gimi harnesses the diverse capabilities of the Group. Currently undergoing conversion at Keppel Offshore & Marine, the FLNG Gimi is intended to be the first investment for the Keppel Asia Infrastructure Fund, which recently achieved its first closing,” said Ms Christina Tan, CEO of Keppel Capital.

  • Africa LNG Deal of the Year 2019 Gimi FLNG

    Clifford Capital Leads USD700M Facility To Support Golar LNG And Keppel Capital In Landmark Conversion Of An FLNG Vessel

    31 October 2019

    Clifford Capital Pte. Ltd. (“Clifford Capital”), a specialist provider of debt financing solutions globally to companies and projects with a nexus to Singapore in the infrastructure and maritime sectors, announces the successful closing of the USD700m senior secured term loan (the “Facility”) to Gimi MS Corporation (the “Borrower”), a transaction in which Clifford Capital acted as Lead Coordinator and Bookrunning Mandated Lead Arranger (“BMLA”). The Borrower is jointly owned by Golar LNG and Keppel Capital on a 70:30 basis and the Facility was established to finance the development, construction and operation of a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (“FLNG”) vessel (the “FLNG Gimi”) under a 20-year charter with BP.

    For more details, please refer to the press release.

  • Asia-Pacific Power Deal of the Year 2017 Sembcorp’s Myingyan IPP

    Sembcorp’s Myingyan IPP Is Awarded Asia Pacific Power Deal Of The Year 2017 By Project Finance International

    15 January 2018

    Sembcorp’s 225MW Myingyan Independent Power Project (IPP) has been named by Project Finance International (PFI) as the winner of the Asia-Pacific Power Deal of the Year 2017. As the first competitively tendered and internationally financed IPP in Myanmar, Myingyan sets the benchmark for future power projects in the country. This is also a ground-breaking project in view of its long-dated US dollar project financing from key multilaterals such as ADB, IFC and the AIIB, as well as a number of Singapore-based financial institutions including Clifford Capital.

    Clifford Capital had played a key role in the financing of this project as the Lenders’ Documentation Bank – working with Sembcorp from an early stage to coordinate the development of the financing structure and financing term sheet, advise on bankability issues of the Project and lead lender-side inputs into the Project Agreements which now forms the basis for future IPPs in a key emerging market.

    For more details please refer to the award citation from PFI.

  • Conventional Power Project Financing Deal of The Year 2017 Sembcorp’s Myingyan IPP

    Sembcorp’s Myingyan Project Is Awarded Conventional Power Project Financing Deal Of The Year 2017 By TXF

    31 December 2017

    Clifford Capital is pleased to announce that Sembcorp’s 225MW Myingyan Independent Power Project (IPP) has been named by TXF as the winner of the Conventional Power Project Financing Deal of the Year 2017.

    TXF noted the following in its awards citation:

    “A deal that set the template for IPP financings in an unrated country, the Myingyan IPP financing – Myanmar’s debut in the internationally banked long-term project finance market and its first non-recourse financing in the power sector – managed to draw multilateral, commercial lenders and political risk insurance providers into a package which works economically for all.”

    Clifford Capital played a key role in the financing of this Project as the Lenders’ Documentation Bank – working with Sembcorp from an early stage to coordinate the development of the financing structure and financing term sheet, advise on bankability issues of the Project and lead lender-side inputs into the Project Agreements which now forms the basis for future IPPs in a key emerging market.

  • Power Deal of the Year 2017 Sembcorp’s Sirajganj-4 IPP

    Sembcorp's Sirajganj-4 IPP Achieves Longest Tenor For Project Financing In The Power Sector In Bangladesh, TXF Reports.

    08 September 2017

    In one significant Asian deal development, Sembcorp reached financial close in August on the 414MW Sirajganj-4 IPP project that was financed by Clifford Capital, together with other prominent multi-laterals and development financial institutions. The deal has the longest tenor achieved for a project financing in the power sector in Bangladesh to date and delivers a number of firsts including being the first PPP power concession won by a foreign investor, reported by TXF's Max Thompson.

    Read full article here.

  • Deal of the Year 2015 BW Pavilion Vanda and Leera

    BW Gas And Pavilion Energy Successfully Closes A US$360 Million Non-Recourse Financing For Two Newbuild LNG Carriers

    04 September 2015

    Clifford Capital acted as Mandated Lead Arranger and provided a US$60 million fixed rate senior secured term loan as part of a US$360m financing package to BW Pavilion LNG to fund the acquisition of two Singapore-flagged new-build LNG carriers, BW Pavilion Vanda and BW Pavilion Leeara. BW Pavilion LNG is a joint venture between BW Gas and Pavilion Energy formed with a view to provide LNG shipping capabilities to support the supply of LNG to regional gas demand centres in Asia.

    BW Group is a leading Singapore-based global maritime group with a fleet of over 140 vessels ranging from oil tankers, LNG and LPG carriers, chemical tankers and floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units. Pavilion Energy is a Temasek Portfolio Company with a vision to be a global LNG player in Asia. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pavilion Gas manages gas operations in Singapore and is also involved in the distribution and trading of LNG in the region.

    “We are pleased to have supported two key clients in this transaction both of which have substantial presence in Singapore. Through our financing we hope to contribute to Pavilion Energy’s vision of establishing Singapore as an LNG trading hub,” said Clive Kerner, CEO of Clifford Capital.

    This transaction has been awarded the “2015 Project Financing Deal of the Year – East” by Marine Money, a leading ship finance trade publication, for a number of notable features, including a sizable 44% balloon at maturity and a structured cash flow waterfall that accommodated a 6-9 month gap between two separate charters.