Facility Size Increased to $530 Million with Added Flexibility, Extended Maturity Date, and Expanded Banking Syndicate
VANCOUVER, June 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Pinnacle Renewable Energy ("Pinnacle" or the "Company") (TSX: PL) announced today that it has expanded its credit facility ("Credit Facility") to $530 million, comprised of a $65 million revolving credit facility, a $280 million term facility ("Term Facility"), and a $185 million delay draw term facility ("Delay Draw Facility"). The Credit Facility expands the Company's existing $380 million credit facility, and extends the maturity date to June 13, 2024.
The expanded Credit Facility increases the total amount of committed capital available to Pinnacle from its banking syndicate by $150 million, and provides the Company with further flexibility as it continues to pursue its growth strategy. In particular, the Delay Draw Facility is expected to continue to support Pinnacle's ability to capitalize on organic growth projects and acquisition opportunities as they arise, while maintaining a prudent approach to leverage. Additionally, amortization payments on the Term Facility and Delay Draw Facility have been amended, which will positively impact free cash-flow throughout 2019.
The expanded Credit Facility is supported by a syndicate of Canadian banks, led by the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal as well as the addition of a new U.S. lender, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As such, Pinnacle's growth strategy of expanding its production operations in the U.S. will be well supported by the North American capital markets.
"The expanded and extended Credit Facility provides Pinnacle with the additional liquidity and financial flexibility needed to facilitate the continued growth of our business, including the development and construction of our North American production expansion over the next few years", said Rob McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle. "With our continued focus on production growth in both Canada and the U.S. to support our strong contracted backlog, we are pleased to have the backing of a strong banking syndicate on both sides of the border. This support contributes to an optimized capital structure, allowing the Company to further drive our growth strategy without accessing the equity capital markets in the near-term."
Pinnacle is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer and distributor and the third largest producer in the world. The Company produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets. This fuel is used by large-scale thermal power generators as a greener alternative to produce reliable baseload renewable power. Pinnacle is a trusted supplier to its customers, who require reliable, high-quality fuel supply to maximize utilization of their facilities. Pinnacle takes pride in its industry leading safety practices. The Company operates eight industrial wood pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama, and owns a port terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C. Pinnacle has entered into long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the U.K., Europe and Asia that represent 105% of its production capacity through 2021 and nearly 106% of its production capacity through 2026.
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Pinnacle currently operates eight wood pellet production facilities throughout western Canada, and one production facility in Alabama. Pinnacle’s Canadian production facilities are all located on major rail lines allowing for efficient rail transport to one of two ocean shipping terminals on the B.C. coast: Pinnacle’s wholly-owned Westview terminal in Prince Rupert, and the Fibreco Terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Alabama production facility utilizes inland waterways to cost-effectively transport pellets for ocean shipping via the Port of Mobile on the U.S. Gulf Coast.