Barrick Gold Corporation

Barrick Gold Corporation

December 03, 2015 17:20 ET

Barrick Announces Credit Facility Extension and Amendment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 3, 2015) -

All amounts expressed in US dollars

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) ("Barrick" or the "company") today announced that it has extended the termination date on the majority of its fully undrawn $4 billion revolving credit facility from January 2020 to January 2021, and has also amended the credit facility's key financial covenant.

Approximately $3.6 billion of the $4 billion available under the credit facility now terminates in January 2021, while approximately $400 million terminates in January 2020.

In conjunction with the extension of the termination date, Barrick proposed, and its lenders agreed, to replace the financial covenant that required Barrick to maintain a minimum consolidated tangible net worth (CTNW) of at least $3 billion (as of September 30, 2015, Barrick's CTNW was $6 billion) with a new financial covenant that better reflects Barrick's 2015 deleveraging measures and future expected debt reduction.

Under the new financial covenant, Barrick will now be required to maintain a net debt to total capitalization ratio(1) of less than 0.60 (as of September 30, 2015, this ratio was approximately 0.42). Future debt reduction, including the expected completion of the recently announced debt tender offer for up to $1.15 billion, is expected to have a positive impact on this ratio.

Barrick has announced asset sales, joint ventures and partnerships worth $3.2 billion since the start of 2015. The company is on track to meet its stated debt reduction target of $3 billion for 2015, which, when completed, will represent a 23 percent reduction in total debt since the start of the year.


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(1) The net debt to total capitalization ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated by reference to Barrick's consolidated balance sheet.

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