Daily News: August 22, 2014

BMO Harris Agents New Student Transportation Amendment

Student Transportation, a provider of school bus transportation services, announced it has entered into a new, five-year extension to its senior credit facility led by BMO Harris Bank of Chicago.

In addition to BMO Harris Bank, the syndicate previously included The Bank of Nova Scotia, The Toronto Dominion Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Siemens Financial Services and Raymond James Bank.

The new amended credit facility will increase commitments by $60 million from the current $165 million to $225 million and has been extended for an additional five year period. The increase in the size of the facility comes from the addition of HSBC Bank Canada and National Bank Financial joining the syndicate group, as well as increased positions made by The Toronto Dominion Bank and Fifth Third Bank. The new amended facility also extends a $100 million accordion feature which provides access to a larger facility should it be needed in the future.

While we had another three years left on our current senior credit facility, we had several financial institutions that wanted to join the syndicate and several others who wanted to increase their position, said STI CFO Patrick Walker. We continue to grow, adding over 1,000 vehicles this year alone. The new amended facility gives us additional access to low-interest capital in order to manage this growth. In addition to the great interest rates, we are able to maintain our leverage covenants for an extended period and bring in two new banks to the syndicate group. All of these factors show we continue to maintain a very strong credit profile.

Walker also explained that the company uses the revolving credit facility for general corporate purposes, growth, and asset and equipment purchases. BMO Harris Bank has been the agent of record for the credit facility and lead bank for the past 17 years.