- Issues a 10 year $500 Million Bond with an Annual Coupon of 6.000%
- Refinances Majority of Debt at More Favorable Interest Rates and Extends Debt Maturity
- Strengthens Balance Sheet and Provides Increased Opportunities for Growth
LUXEMBOURG, Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Adecoagro S.A. (AGRO) ("Adecoagro" or the "Company"), a leading agricultural company in South America, today announced proactive steps to continue enhancing its ability to manage and allocate capital more efficiently, to strengthen its balance sheet and to improve its long term financial flexibility.
Adecoagro's long-term strategic priorities have been consistently focused on four core areas:
- Bolster position as the lowest-cost agricultural producer globally;
- Generate sustainable margins and cash flows across commodities cycle;
- Deepen focus on sustainability and operational efficiency; and
- Continue to strengthen the balance sheet.
On September 21, 2017, Adecoagro closed its offering of U.S.$500,000,000 aggregate principal of its 6.000% senior notes due 2027. The notes are guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by certain of the Company's subsidiaries. The Company will use the proceeds from the offering to repay existing debt and for general corporate purposes.
Mariano Bosch, Adecoagro' s Chief Executive Officer, said: "This refinancing is a major milestone that significantly enhances our ability to execute our strategy and focus on long term value creation."
"Adecoagro continues to deliver solid financial and operational performance, increasing year-over-year its adjusted EBITDA, gross sales and net income, despite operating in a weak commodity cycle. This robust performance, coupled with our sustained positive free cash flow and enhanced balance sheet, will allow us to take advantage of market opportunities, and continue to enhance operational efficiency and cost dilution."
Charlie Boero Hughes, Adecoagro's Chief Financial Officer, added: "The successful notes offering substantially increases our financial flexibility while decreasing our cost of capital over the long term. Through the offering, we have materially extended our debt maturity to 10 years and locked in highly favorable interest rates, which will greatly benefit our shareholders. We are pleased with the support we received from our lenders, investors and other financial institutions to complete this important initiative."
Adecoagro is a leading agro-industrial company in South America. As of June 30, 2017, Adecoagro owned over 246 thousand hectares of farmland and several industrial facilities spread across the most productive regions of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, where it produces over 1.9 million tons of agricultural products including sugar, ethanol, electricity, milled rice, corn, wheat, soybean and dairy products, among others.
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