Sherritt Reduces Debt by $120 Million through Dutch Auction on Debentures
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Sherritt International Corp. (“Sherritt”) (TSX:S) today announced the results of its modified Dutch auction tender offer to purchase for cash its outstanding 8.0% Senior Unsecured Debentures due 2021, 7.5% Senior Unsecured Debentures due in 2023 and 7.875% Senior Unsecured Notes due in 2025 (collectively, the “Notes”). In accordance with the terms of the Offers (collectively, the “Offers”), Sherritt has elected to purchase an aggregate total of $121,223,000 principal amount of Notes at an aggregate cost of $110,331,090 plus accrued interest.
“The successful conclusion of our Dutch auction completes the process that we commenced with our unit offering principally aimed at de-leveraging and strengthening our balance sheet,” said David Pathe, President and CEO of Sherritt International. “Through this process, we have reduced the principal amount outstanding of our Notes by more than 15%. This transaction saves the Company approximately $10 million annually in interest expense, and brings the total amount of indebtedness eliminated from our balance sheet over the past four years to more than $2 billion.”
The following table sets out the Purchase Price, together with the Clearing Price and Corresponding Principal, for each series of Notes to be purchased under the Offers.
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The complete terms and conditions of the Offers to purchase each series of Notes were set forth in the Offers to Purchase dated January 16, 2018. All Notes validly tendered at or below the Clearing Price will be accepted for purchase by Sherritt subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase. Payment for Notes accepted for purchase will be made by Sherritt on the settlement date, which is expected to be on or about February 16, 2018.
Following the settlement of the Offers, any Notes that are purchased in the Offers will be retired and cancelled and no longer remain outstanding. All Notes not accepted for purchase by Sherritt will be returned to the Tendering Holder. Following completion of the Offers, Sherritt will have an aggregate total of $598,777,000 of Notes outstanding.
National Bank Financial Markets acted as dealer manager for the Offers and Computershare Investor Services Inc. is acting as depositary for the Offers.
This notice to the market does not represent an offer to sell securities or a solicitation to buy securities in the United States or in any other country.
Sherritt is a world leader in the mining and refining of nickel and cobalt from lateritic ores with projects and operations in Canada, Cuba and Madagascar. The Corporation is the largest independent energy producer in Cuba, with extensive oil and power operations across the island. Sherritt licenses its proprietary technologies and provides metallurgical services to mining and refining operations worldwide. The Corporation’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “S”.
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Forward-looking statements are not based on historic facts, but rather on current expectations, assumptions and projections about future events, including matters relating to the transaction disclosed herein. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Corporation to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that predictions, forecasts, conclusions or projections will not prove to be accurate, that those assumptions may not be correct and that actual results may differ materially from such predictions, forecasts, conclusions or projections.
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Sherritt International Corp.
Joe Racanelli, 416-935-2457
Director of Investor Relations