MONACO, Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (“Navios Partners”) (NMM), an international owner and operator of dry cargo vessels, announced the repayment of its Term Loan B on October 10, 2019.
Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners stated, “We are pleased with the refinancing of the Term Loan B as we devoted a great deal of effort to achieving this result. Through a combination of cash, commercial bank debt and sale and leaseback transactions, we materially reduced our cost of capital and strengthened our balance sheet.”
The outstanding balance of the Term Loan B at December 31, 2018 was $418.5 million and was repayable in September 2020. Navios Partners funded the refinancing as follows:
1) $301.3 million financing from commercial banks, with average (a) amortization profile of 7.1 years (17.2 years on an age-adjusted basis), (b) annual interest of LIBOR plus 290 bps, and (c) maturity of 4.6 years;
2) $49.5 million financing through sale and leaseback transactions. The sale and leaseback transactions have average (a) duration of 9.4 years and (b) implied interest rate of 6.3%. There are no financial covenants or loan-to-value requirements in the sale and leaseback transactions; and
3) $67.7 million from cash on balance sheet.
Following the completion of the refinancing, Navios Partners has extended the maturities of its debt through 2029. Furthermore, there are no debt maturities until Q4 2021.
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These forward-looking statements are based on the information available to, and the expectations and assumptions deemed reasonable by Navios Partners at the time these statements were made. Although Navios Partners believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of Navios Partners. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainty relating to global trade, including prices of seaborne commodities and continuing issues related to seaborne volume and ton miles, our continued ability to enter into long-term time charters, our ability to maximize the use of our vessels, expected demand in the dry cargo shipping sector in general and the demand for our Panamax, Capesize, Ultra-Handymax and Containerships in particular, fluctuations in charter rates for dry cargo carriers and container vessels, the aging of our fleet and resultant increases in operations costs, the loss of any customer or charter or vessel, the financial condition of our customers, changes in the availability and costs of funding due to conditions in the bank market, capital markets and other factors, increases in costs and expenses, including but not limited to: crew, insurance, provisions, port expenses, lube oil, bunkers, repairs, maintenance and general and administrative expenses, the expected cost of, and our ability to comply with, governmental regulations and maritime self-regulatory organization standards, as well as standard regulations imposed by our charterers applicable to our business, general domestic and international political conditions, competitive factors in the market in which Navios Partners operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in Navios Partners’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 20- Fs and Form 6- Ks. Navios Partners expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Navios Partners’ expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. Navios Partners makes no prediction or statement about the performance of its common units.
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