Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group completes $US634m refinancing

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Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) has completed a $US634 million ($826.6 million) refinancing with a syndicate of eight banks.

According to NCIG, the primary purpose of the transaction was to refinance $US450 million of bank debt maturing in March 2018. Due to strong lender demand, the facility was upsized to refinance further debt, it added.

Each of NCIG’s existing banks participated in the new five-year facility at current or higher hold levels, with two new commercial banks joining the lender group.

The transaction continues NCIG’s proactive approach to managing its capital structure and taking advantage of constructive and supportive debt markets that enable extension of its maturity profile at competitive rates. NCIG continues to monitor debt markets that enhance the capital structure and cost of funds.

NCIG chief financial officer John Kite said: “We are very pleased with the refinancing, which is competitively priced, broadens our lender base, and increases our average debt tenor, with our next debt maturity now being in March 2019.”

The refinancing caps off a financial year where NCIG achieved record annual throughput of 55 million tonnes and proved its capability to deliver nameplate capacity of 66 million tonnes per annum, according to chief executive officer Aaron Johansen.

“We also received ISO 14001 certification for our Environmental Management System, achieved record low operating costs, continued our strong program of community engagement and had our credit rating raised to BBB by Standard and Poor’s,” Johansen said.

“This sets NCIG up for its shippers to take full advantage of the continuing growth in demand from Asia for coal exports from Newcastle.”