Daily News: September 26, 2014

GE Capital Agents Alpha Natural Revolver Increase

Alpha Natural Resources announced that it has amended and extended its senior secured credit facility and established a new accounts receivable securitization facility, further enhancing the company’s long-term financial flexibility.

GE Capital, Corporate Finance is serving as administrative agent, a lender and a letter of credit lender.

The amended senior secured credit facility will have total availability of $894 million, reflecting a reduction of 25% for commitments that have been extended through September 30, 2017, with an increased interest rate on borrowings. Of this amount, $276 million represents non-extending commitments, which will expire on the previous facility maturity date of June 30, 2016. Thereafter, the total availability under the facility will be $618 million.

The new accounts receivable securitization facility provides for up to $200 million in standby letters of credit and working capital draws, subject to certain limitations, secured by trade receivables. The borrower under the accounts receivable securitization facility is a special purpose, indirect subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources. Funding under the accounts receivable securitization facility is expected to be available until September 2018.

“The amendment of the senior secured credit facility and the establishment of the new accounts receivable facility solidify our current robust liquidity position while improving our future financial flexibility. These transactions allow us to maintain a liquidity-neutral facility position through June 2016 while extending significant liquidity well into 2017,” said Frank Wood, Alpha’s CFO. “As of the end of the second quarter this year, Alpha had total liquidity of approximately $2.4 billion, consisting of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of more than $1.4 billion and nearly $1 billion available under our senior secured credit facility. We are very pleased with the support we received from our lending group in completing these transactions.”

Alpha Natural Resources is a coal supplier.