TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jul 26, 2013) - Dundee Energy Limited ("Dundee Energy" or the "Corporation") (DEN.TO) is pleased to announce that Escal UGS S.L. ("Escal"), the owner of the Castor Project, has arranged for the issuance of euro-denominated senior secured bonds (the "Euro Bonds") totalling EUR1.40 billion. The Euro Bonds are subject to an annual interest rate of 5.756%, payable semi-annually, and are repayable in equal semi-annual instalments over a period of 21 and a half years, with the last payment due in December 2034. The Euro Bonds will be listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange.
The Euro Bonds will be issued by a special purpose vehicle, Watercraft Capital S.A. ("Watercraft"), a Luxembourg corporation. The proceeds from the issuance will be subsequently on-lent to Escal, pursuant to a credit facility between Watercraft and Escal. and will be used by Escal to repay amounts owing pursuant to Escal's existing project financing.
Escal will provide a general security interest against its assets for the benefit of Watercraft to secure Escal's obligations under these arrangements, and the shareholders of Escal shall pledge their respective shares in Escal as part of the overall security package. In addition, the European Investment Bank has committed to provide a standby letter of credit as a form of subordinated credit enhancement instrument in support of the Euro Bonds. The Euro Bonds have been issued a BBB+ rating from Fitch Ratings, Inc. and a rating of BBB from Standard & Poor's.
Ned Goodman, Executive Chairman of Dundee Energy stated "We have been committed to the success of the Castor Project since its concept was originated in the early 1990's. We are delighted that an advantageous long term financing is now in place, and we look forward to the project's commissioning into the Spanish gas system."
The Castor Project is a wholly owned project of Escal. Dundee Energy holds an indirect 24.6% interest in Escal, through its 73.7% interest in Castor UGS Limited Partnership.
ABOUT THE CORPORATION
Dundee Energy Limited is a Canadian-based oil and natural gas company with a mandate to create long-term value for its shareholders through the exploration, development, production and marketing of oil and natural gas, and through other high impact energy projects. Dundee Energy holds the largest accumulation of producing oil and gas assets in Ontario, and indirectly holds a 24.6% interest in the Castor offshore underground natural gas storage facility in Spain. The Corporation's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DEN".
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