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Macquarie's International-Matex Refinancing Gets BBB- Rating - Analyst Blog

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International-Matex Tank Terminals, a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation MIC, announced the successful completion of refinancing of about $1.7 billion of long-term debt and revolving credit facilities.

After a thorough review of the financial condition of International-Matex, leading credit rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch have assigned investment grade ratings of BBB- with a stable outlook to the new issuance. The BBB- rating indicates that the issuer possesses adequate capacity to meet its financial commitments, but is susceptible to adverse economic conditions.

International-Matex undertook the refinancing program in order to significantly lengthen the average tenor of its debt facilities and lower its cost of debt marginally. The refinancing will also lend financial flexibility to the business, enabling it to pursue growth initiatives.

The new financing package comprises $600 million worth of senior notes, of which $325 million will mature in 10 years and $275 million will mature in 12 years. The notes bear a weighted average interest rate of 3.97%.

Proceeds generated from the issuance of the notes will be used to repay the drawn balance on the existing credit facility. Any proceeds from the new debt package left over after refinancing existing facilities will be employed towards funding growth projects at International-Matex or at other businesses of Macquarie.

International-Matex also refinanced its entire portfolio of outstanding tax exempt bond debt worth $509 million. As a result of the refinancing, the maturity of the bonds increased from an average of 2.9 years to 7 years. The weighted average interest rate on the bonds stands at 1.73%, unhedged.

International-Matex has also entered into a new 5-year revolving credit facility of $600 million that is currently undrawn. The revolver carries a variable interest rate based on International-Matex’s aggregate leverage. At present leverage levels, the revolver would carry interest at a rate of 1.81%.

Macquarie owns and operates a diversified group of infrastructure businesses in the U.S., including a gas processing and distribution business, Hawaii Gas, several entities comprising a Contracted Power and Energy segment, and an interest in a bulk liquid storage terminal business called International-Matex Tank Terminals. The company also owns and operates an airport services business titled Atlantic Aviation.

Macquarie presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked diversified conglomerates  are Hitachi Ltd. HTHIY, Shanghai Industrial Holdings Limited SGHIY and Sumitomo Corporation SSUMY, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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