good natured Products, a North American provider of plant-based products, completed a senior secured revolving credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank, through its wholly owned subsidiary Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada, consisting of a $30 million asset-based revolving credit facility with a four-year term and an uncommitted $25 million revolving facility, available at the discretion of Wells Fargo. In addition, the company has closed a CAD $6.6 million financing ($5.06 million) with Business Development Bank of Canada.
The initial draw on the senior credit facility was used to retire CAD $13.7 million ($10.5 million) of outstanding credit facility debt with National Bank of Canada. This consisted of approximately CAD $11.2 million ($8.5 million) on the CAD $15 million ($11.5 million) revolving working capital credit facility and CAD $2.5 million ($1.9 million) on the CAD $4 million ($3.06 million) revolving term capital expenditure credit facility. Proceeds from the mortgage refinancing was used to retire CAD $6.6 million ($5.06 million) of outstanding non-revolving term credit facility with National Bank of Canada that was secured by a first mortgage on the company’s Brampton, Ontario manufacturing location.
“Attracting one of the largest banks in the U.S. as a partner to fuel our current and future growth initiatives is an incredible milestone for the company and speaks to the strong commercial viability of our sustainable value proposition,” Paul Antoniadis, CEO of good natured, said. “We’re also very excited to have BDC, one of our largest shareholders, extend its support at this important juncture, and are very pleased that Wells Fargo and BDC share a common vision regarding our long-term path for growth, value creation, and in making better everyday products that create a healthy sustainable future for our planet and its people.”
The senior credit facility with Wells Fargo provides up to $55 million in funding, replacing the National Bank credit agreement of CAD $35.8 million ($27.4 million). The secured senior credit facility is comprised of a $30 million asset-based revolving credit facility with a four-year term and an uncommitted $25 million revolving facility, available at the discretion of Wells Fargo. The senior credit facility is to be used to retire amounts outstanding on credit facility debt with National Bank, for acquisitions, capital asset additions, working capital and general corporate purposes. The senior credit facility will bear interest at the U.S. secured overnight financing rate plus 2.50 – 3.00% subject to certain operating benchmarks. The senior credit facility is secured by a general security interest over the assets of all existing and future subsidiaries of the Company.
The secured mortgage refinancing on the Brampton location with BDC features a principal amount of CAD $6.6 million ($5.06 million), amortized over a 25-year period with monthly interest and principal repayments. BDC has made an additional $3.9 million available as funding toward future capital projects. The mortgage loan will bear interest at BDC’s Base Rate minus 0.25%, with future downward adjustments, and is secured by, among other collateral, the land and buildings at Brampton.