On Jun 25, 2014, energy engineering and construction services provider, The Babcock & Wilcox Company (BWC) announced changes in its credit facilities under the Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement.
Per the agreement, the credit facility has been increased to $1 billion from $700 million. Babcock & Wilcox stated that it also has an option to increase this facility by $400 million, which depends on receiving additional contracts.
The agreement also provided a $300 million term loan facility to Babcock & Wilcox. Following the closure of the agreement, the company has already borrowed half the term loan amount and is now left with $150 million to draw at a later date.
This amended facility brings more good news for Babcock & Wilcox as it comes with a reduced interest rate and extended maturity date. The interest rate to be paid on the borrowing now stands at London Interbank Offered Rate (:LIBOR) plus 1.375%, lower than the earlier rate of LIBOR plus 1.5%. The new rate will be applicable starting Aug 2014. Moreover, the facility now has maturity in 2019 against the earlier expiry period of 2017.
Management at Babcock & Wilcox added that this increase in available credit should facilitate the company’s operating and strategic initiatives and also improve financials.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Babcock & Wilcox is engaged in providing clean energy technology and services for the nuclear, fossil and renewable power markets worldwide. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), implying that it is expected to perform in line with the broader U.S. equity market over the next one to three months.
Meanwhile, one can consider better-ranked players from the same sector like Blount International Inc. (BLT), Barnes Group Inc. (B) and Dover Corporation (DOV). While Blount International sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Barnes Group and Dover Corp hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).