Daily News: June 25, 2013

Cerberus, Tennenbaum Arrange Oxford Resource Refinancing

Oxford Resource Partners announced it has successfully completed a refinancing of its credit facilities that significantly enhances the partnership’s financial flexibility and puts it in a stronger position to participate in a coal market rebound.

The partnership has closed on $175 million of new credit facilities that replace its previous term loan and revolving credit facility, thereby extending the maturity profile of the partnership’s debt and increasing availability under its revolver.

The new facilities, which are secured by substantially all of the assets of the partnership and its wholly owned subsidiaries, consist of a first lien $75 million term loan and $25 million revolving credit facility arranged by Cerberus Capital Management and a second lien $75 million term loan arranged by Tennenbaum Capital Partners.

The net proceeds of the new facilities are being used to retire both the existing revolving credit facility maturing next month and the existing term loan maturing in July 2014, to pay related fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.

The new first lien facility matures in August 2015 with an optional extension to May 2016 if certain conditions are met. The new second lien facility matures in December 2015 with an optional extension to September 2016 if certain conditions are met.

Evercore Partners acted as sole financial advisor and placement agent to the partnership with respect to the new facilities.

Columbus, OH-based Oxford Resource Partners is a producer of high-value steam coal in Northern Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.