By John Lee.
Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has announced that the current Standstill Agreement between the Ad Hoc Committee of holders of the Notes and the Bonds and the Company expired on 1 July 2016 at 5pm BST and has not been extended.
The Company is currently discussing the terms of an agreement with certain restricted members of the Ad Hoc Committee and other stakeholders. These restructuring discussions remain ongoing notwithstanding the expiration of the Standstill Agreement.
According to the announcement, made just after the market close on Friday, the Company does not at this stage intend to make the April 2016 Coupon Payments:
"The holders of not less than one-quarter of the principal amount of the Notes or the Bonds, as the case may be, outstanding, may request the relevant Trustee to declare the principal amount of the Notes or the Bonds, as the case may be, immediately due and payable.
"Whilst these coupons remain unpaid, and absent a new Standstill Agreement executed by 75% of the principal amount of each of the Notes and the Bonds, an Event of Default will subsist under both the Notes and the Bonds."
The company said a further announcement will be made in due course.
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