Daily News: August 14, 2012

JPMorgan Agents New Credit Facility for Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the establishment of a new $1 billion credit facility that is expected to reduce the company’s annual interest expense and enhance its already strong balance sheet.

JPMorgan Chase Bank will serve as administrative agent of the new facility, which will lower the company’s annualized interest cost by $1.1 million. The credit facility contains terms and covenants that are indicative of the company’s investment grade status and these will provide the company with greater operating and strategic flexibility than it had in its previous credit facility.

“Our ability to establish this new credit facility is reflective of Tyson’s recent return to investment grade status with all three ratings agencies,” said Dennis Leatherby, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Tyson Foods. “It’s another positive step in our ongoing efforts to maintain a strong balance sheet, which is especially important as we face challenging market conditions and work to execute our strategy for growth.”

The new credit facility and related commitments are scheduled to mature in August 2017.

Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, AR, is a processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork.

Previously on abfjournal.com:

Tyson Foods Amends Credit Line With JPMorgan Chase, Thursday, February 24, 2011