STR Holdings: New credit facility
STR Holdings, Inc. announced that it has obtained a four year, $150 million credit facility. Bank of America, N.A. will act as administrative agent for the multi-bank facility.
The new facility provides the Company with greater flexibility with regard to certain payments that were limited or prohibited under the Company's prior credit agreement. The interest rate for LIBOR-based loans will range from LIBOR plus 2.0% to 2.5% depending upon the Company's consolidated leverage ratio. The Company can increase the commitments by up to $50 million, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, and does not intend to initially draw down on the credit facility.
"The proceeds from the recent sale of our Quality Assurance business, along with existing cash, enabled us to repay our long-term debt and retire our credit facility. Those transactions, combined with the closing of this new credit facility at a much lower interest rate, have significantly strengthened STR's balance sheet and liquidity profile. These actions provide us with increased financial flexibility to continue our profitable growth strategy in the solar industry," said Barry A. Morris, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of STR Holdings, Inc.
About STR Holdings, Inc.
STR is one of the world's leading providers of high-quality, superior performance encapsulants for the photovoltaic (PV) module industry, serving more than 80 manufacturers worldwide. The Company pioneered the solar encapsulant market more than 30 years ago with the invention of the first EVA encapsulant. Today, it continues to innovate through its extensive R&D program, which has led to the introduction of new technologies. Further information about STR Holdings, Inc. can be obtained via the Company's website at www.strholdings.com.
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STR Holdings, Inc.
Joseph C. Radziewicz, 860-758-7325
Controller and Principal Accounting Officer