Mr. Jason Bednar reports
CANACOL ENERGY LTD. ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF NEW CREDIT AGREEMENTS
Canacol Energy Ltd. has provided the following update on certain new and existing credit facilities. All amounts are in U.S. dollars.
Jason Bednar, chief financial officer of Canacol, commented: "As at June 30, 2020, Canacol maintained its strong balance sheet and liquidity including approximately $59-million of cash, with our robust 2020 capital and dividend programs being funded through existing cash and operating cash flows. Adding to the corporation's existing financial flexibility we have reprofiled the terms on one existing credit facility and entered into two new credit facilities, with Credit Suisse acting as the administrative agent on all facilities, as described below. We would like to thank Credit Suisse and all syndicate banks for their continued support of Canacol."
Reprofile of the $30-million 2018 credit facility
In December, 2018, the corporation entered into a credit agreement for an amount of $30-million with Credit Suisse. The 2018 credit facility was to mature in December, 2022, with equal quarterly instalments starting June 30, 2020. The 2018 credit facility carried interest at a fixed rate of 6.875 per cent per annum.
In June, 2020, the corporation reprofiled the 2018 credit facility with the notable changes being an interest rate of London interbank offered rate (Libor) plus 4.25 per cent (with current Libor rates being approximately 0.30 per cent), and an extension of the first amortization payment to now begin on Dec. 31, 2021, and mature on June 30, 2023 (seven equal amortization payments). This 18-month extension adds approximately $16-million of additional liquidity to the corporation through the end of 2021, based on principal repayments alone. No covenants were changed.
$46-million senior unsecured revolving credit facility
On July 31, 2020, the corporation entered into a $46-million senior unsecured revolving credit facility with a syndicate of banks. Notable terms of the RCF include an interest rate of Libor plus 4.75 per cent, a three-year term and the corporation's ability to repay/redraw the RCF at any time within the term without penalty. Canacol will pay a commitment fee to the syndicate of 30 per cent of the 4.75-per-cent interest margin on any undrawn amounts throughout the term. The RCF will be undrawn at the start. The RCF will not be subject to typical periodic redeterminations. Covenants have been harmonized with the corporation's existing covenants on its May, 2025, senior unsecured notes.
Credit Suisse, Banco Davivienda and Citigroup were lead joint arrangers and joint bookrunners on the RCF.
$75-million senior unsecured bridge term loan
On July 31, 2020, a subsidiary of the corporation entered into a $75-million senior unsecured bridge term loan with a syndicate of banks. Notable terms of the bridge include an interest rate of Libor plus 4.25 per cent, a two-year term and the corporation's ability to repay the bridge at any time within the term without penalty. Within 30 days of the July 31, 2020, closing the subsidiary is obligated to draw the first $25-million of the bridge, with the remaining $50-million to be available to be drawn at any time up to 12 months from the closing date. The subsidiary will pay a commitment fee to the syndicate of 30 per cent of the 4.25-per-cent interest margin on any undrawn amounts throughout the availability period. Covenants have been harmonized with the corporation's existing covenants on its May, 2025, senior unsecured notes.
Credit Suisse, Banco Davivienda, Citigroup and Itau were lead joint arrangers and joint bookrunners on the bridge.
The bridge was entered into by the Canacol subsidiary that is intended to be used to construct and own the Medellin pipeline, with Canacol being the guarantor throughout the outstanding term of the bridge. The initial draw from the bridge will be used for expenditures such as engineering and environment permitting, with the following $50-million currently budgeted to order long lead time items needed for construction. It is anticipated that during the term Canacol will divest between 75 per cent to 100 per cent of the shares of the subsidiary to an equity partner, while maintaining up to a 25-per-cent working interest in the ownership of the pipeline project. Detailed discussions are continuing with respect to this project with interested equity partners and a syndicate of banks. Once equity partners and bank syndicate agreements have been signed, and any applicable conditions precedent have been met, it is anticipated the long-term financing will be advanced and the bridge will be repaid, thus freeing Canacol of its guarantees on the bridge.
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