MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwire -04/03/12)- Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA - News) ("Covanta" or the "Company") announced that it had closed on debt issuances totaling $1.6 billion, completing the refinancing of its previously existing senior secured credit facilities as initially announced in March 2012.
"I am very pleased with the pricing, terms and execution of these transactions, which are all consistent with our plan outlined earlier this year," said Sanjiv Khattri, Covanta's Executive Vice President and CFO. "Our team moved quickly to take advantage of very favorable conditions in the debt markets. Given our reputation as a best-in-class operator and our solid and sustainable free cash flow, the markets were very receptive to the offerings."
The Company issued $400 million of 6.375% senior notes due 2022, which closed on March 19, 2012. Covanta also entered into $1.2 billion in new senior secured credit facilities at its primary operating subsidiary, Covanta Energy Corporation, consisting of a $900 million revolving credit facility due 2017 and a $300 million term loan due 2019, closing on the transaction on March 28, 2012. The transactions extended the Company's weighted average debt maturities to over six years.
The proceeds from the financing were used to repay Covanta's previously existing term loan, leaving approximately $50 million in excess proceeds after transaction expenses to be used for general corporate purposes. The new $900 million revolver replaced the previous $300 million revolver and $320 million funded LC facility, substantially increasing overall capacity and providing the Company with over $600 million of undrawn and available liquidity at closing.
"We are committed to growing our business over the long-term, and these transactions will help facilitate our growth objectives, while allowing us to continue our shareholder return activities," continued Khattri. "The issuances significantly increase available liquidity under our revolver and enhance our financial flexibility by reducing senior secured leverage. Combined with our strong ongoing free cash flow, this provides us with great flexibility to fund attractive growth opportunities as they present themselves."
Covanta Holding Corporation is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta's 46 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit www.covantaenergy.com.
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