Noble Corp plc false 0001458891 0001458891 2020-04-17 2020-04-17





Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (date of earliest event reported): April 17, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


England and Wales





(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



file number)


(I.R.S. employer

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10 Brook Street

London, England



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: +44 20 3300 2300


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Shares, Nominal Value $0.01 per Share




New York Stock Exchange

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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On April 17, 2020, Noble Corporation plc, a public limited company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales (the “Company”), agreed with the lender that financed its purchases of the Noble Joe Knight and Noble Johnny Whitstine rigs to pay off the related seller loans (the “Seller Loans”) in exchange for a discount to the outstanding loan balance. The Company made a payment in the amount of 85% of the outstanding principal amount of the Seller Loans plus accrued and unpaid interest, and upon the lender’s receipt of such payment, the remaining principal balance under each Seller Loan was reduced to $1.00, interest ceased accruing, and the financial covenants ceased to apply. As long as certain events specified in the related deed of release do not occur within the 90-day period following the payment date, then the Seller Loans will be terminated, and all security will be released. Following the close of the transaction, the Company borrowed $100 million on its 2017 Credit Facility, increasing pro forma borrowings outstanding to $545 million, with the ability to borrow up to an additional $297 million.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.





Date: April 23, 2020





/s/ William E. Turcotte




William E. Turcotte




Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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