Receivables and liabilities
|Total long-term receivables||
Receivables due later than 12 months
|Loans to employees 1)||
|Other long-term receivables||
1) The average interest rate used for loans to employees was 2.72% in 2015 (2014: 2.63%). The repayment period is five years.
In 2014 Belships entered into a new long-term financing agreement for M/S Belstar, M/S Belnor and M/S Belocean. The loan facility of USD 50 million is secured for a period of 6 years. The following principal conditions applies to the loan: agreed interest rate is LIBOR pluss margin of 2.75%, minimum market value of the ships is 110% of the outstanding loan balance, minimum value adjusted equity on a consolidated basis is 25% and the Group shall at all times have available liquidity of at least USD 5 million or 6% of total interest bearing debt.
The ship values dropped significantly towards the end of the year. In order to avoid breach of loan covenants, Belships received a waiver from ship mortgage lender in December 2015. Main revised terms in the waiver period until 1 January 2017 are as follows: Minimum cash USD 4 million, minimum value 90%, increase in margin of 0.25% and on-demand guarantee from main shareholder of USD 5 million. All the covenants were fulfilled as of 31 December 2015. The market value of the ships were 96% of the outstanding loan balance at year-end.
Belships ASA entered on 25 September 2015 into a sale and lease back agreement for M/S Belforest. The bareboat period is 12 years with purchase options from year 3 onwards. The transaction is considered as a financial lease.
|Total||5 688||5 764||5 845||5 932||39 830||63 059|
|Mortgage debt||5 000||5 000||5 000||5 000||21 250||41 250|
|Obligation under finance leases||688||764||845||932||18 580||21 809|
M/S Belisland, a 61 000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier, has been under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan and was delivered 15 March 2016. Total newbuilding commitment amounted to USD 28.3 million of which USD 8.48 million was paid at year-end. Further payment of USD 2.83 million was made 1 February 2016 and the remaining USD 16.95 million was paid upon delivery. The ship was at time of delivery sold to a Japanese counterpart and leased back for a period of 15 years with purchase options from year 5 onwards. The transaction is considered as a financial lease. The newbuilding contract is impaired with USD 4.25 million.
INTEREST SWAP AGREEMENTS
In August 2011 Belships entered into a floating to fixed interest rate swap agreement with 2 years forward start at 2.2% with a remaining duration of 3.5 years covering USD 15 million, reducing by USD 5 million per year. Another interest swap agreement with forward start in September 2015 was entered into in June 2015 at a rate of 1.9% and with a duration of 5 years covering USD 20 million, reducing by USD 2 million per year.
Hedging the Group’s interest exposure is considered on an ongoing basis. Hedge accounting is not used.
CURRENT RECEIVABLES AND SHORT-TERM LIABILITIES
Current receivables consist mainly of accrued revenues, and receivables related to operation of the ships. Other short term liabilities mainly include short term liability related to the ordinary operation of the ships. All current receivables and liabilities are due within 12 months.