Singapore's oil and gas index falls 1% after Ezra's bankruptcy filing; DBS, OCBC shares lower

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - The Singapore oil and gas index fell more than 1 per cent in early trade on Monday (March 20) after oilfield services firm Ezra Holdings filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, adding to concerns over the health of the debt-ridden sector.

Ezra is one of several Singapore offshore and marine services firms that have been hurt by a downturn in oil prices since 2014. It filed for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Saturday.

The company said it had loans of US$272 million owed to Singapore lender DBS Group and US$184 million owed to Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp.

The FTSE ST oil and gas index fell as much as 1.4 per cent, while the broader market was down 0.2 per cent. Ezra shares were suspended from trading on Monday, while its unit Triyards Holdings called for a trading halt.

DBS shares were down 0.6 per cent, while OCBC was 0.7 per cent lower.