CEVA Logistics starts refinancing actions

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Swiss-based CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading asset-light third-party logistics companies, has proposed refinancing of the majority of its existing debt with the aim of achieving lower interest rates, longer maturities and enhanced liquidity to pursue its strategy.

CEVA proposes to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, $400 million in secured term Loan B due 2025 in a private offering. It also plans to enter into a new $600 million senior revolving credit and ancillary facility (RCF) due 2023 and has received commitments from its new banking group to this extent. An additional offering of debt, including by way of senior secured notes, contemplated in Euro and in an amount of approximately $350 million, might follow at a later stage. CEVA reserves the right to vary the terms and amounts of the new loan, the RCF and any other debt, including notes, it may incur concurrently with the proposed refinancing based on market conditions or otherwise.

The company expects to use the net proceeds from the refinancing, together with available cash, to fully repay its existing senior secured credit facilities as well as for general corporate purposes – it intends to repay all the outstanding approximately $580 million aggregate principal amount of its term loans due 2021, to make a tender offer to repurchase for cash and/or redeem all of the outstanding approximately $438 million aggregate principal amount of its nine per cent first lien senior secured notes due 2020 as well as to cancel certain local loans and overdrafts. There can be no assurance that the refinancing will be completed.

Credit Suisse and HSBC are acting as Joint Global Coordinators across the refinancing.