SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
WEX Inc. (WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, today announced a successful repricing of the Company’s secured term loans under its existing credit facility. The lenders have agreed to an amendment that reduces the applicable interest rate margin at current levels for LIBOR borrowings by 50 basis points for the Company’s existing tranche B term loans, as well as the incurrence of an additional $153 million of tranche term B loans. The net proceeds from this transaction will be used to reduce borrowings under the Company’s existing revolver. Following the repricing, the applicable interest rate margin for the tranche B term loans will be set at 2.25% for LIBOR borrowings.
Bank of America, N.A. acted as administrative agent, joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner. MUFG Union Bank, N.A., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., and Citizens Bank, N.A., also acted as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and Bank of Montreal acted as documentation agent.
WEX Inc. reminds investors that on December 27, 2017, it reported the successful execution of $500 million in five-year interest rate swaps at an average rate of 2.21%. The Company expects that the interest rate swaps will help mitigate the impact of potential increases in interest rates on the Company’s floating rate debt.
About WEX Inc.
WEX Inc. (WEX) is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. From its roots in fleet card payments beginning in 1983, WEX has expanded the scope of its business into a multi-channel provider of corporate payment solutions representing more than 11 million vehicles and offering exceptional payment security and control across a wide spectrum of business sectors. WEX serves a global set of customers and partners through its operations around the world, with offices in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Norway, and Singapore. WEX and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,000 associates. The Company has been publicly traded since 2005, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “WEX.” For more information, visit www.wexinc.com and follow WEX on Twitter at @WEXIncNews.
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The Company's forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential future impact of any alliance, merger, acquisition, disposition or stock repurchases. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.