Teekay (NYSE: TK) is raising capital in the form of US$100 million in convertible unsecured debt (maturing 2023) and 10 million shares of common stock. Their former daughter entity, Teekay Offshore, raised some preferred share capital last week.
Teekay’s existing unsecured debt issue (disclosure: I own some) maturing in January 15, 2020 has been trading above par for quite some time. The stock is trading at relative highs ($10.70/share) and this action only has one reason: getting capital while the window of opportunity is still open. Their January 2020 unsecured debt is the majority of their existing debt.
I was not convinced and still am not convinced that oil and oil service companies are coming back from the dead. Teekay’s management choosing to sell equity at existing prices is another datapoint that supports this.
I hope management does not call out the January 2020 debt issue, but it seems to be likely. I will be holding on and collecting interest payments as much as I can before the inevitable call-out. I’m still quite stuck when it comes to investing cash at this stage in the market.
The “interest rate noose” that is slowly being tightened on the necks of the market will eventually hit the panic point when the market starts to have difficulty breathing. It’s pretty smart for players like Teekay to be doing what they’re doing right now – while they still can. I’d carefully look at companies that have upcoming maturity profiles from a position of credit weakness and ask whether you want to be invested in their equity.