HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - August 12, 2014) - HII Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: HIIT) ("HII Technologies" or the "Company"), an oilfield services company headquartered in Houston, Texas, today announced that it has secured $18 million of senior secured debt funding from a group of lenders, led by Heartland Bank, an Arkansas State Bank based in Little Rock, (collectively, the "Lenders").
The Lenders are providing a senior secured credit facility (the "Facility") to HII Technologies and its wholly owned subsidiaries consisting of a (i) 3-year $12 million senior secured loan ("Term Loan") and a (ii) $6 million account receivable purchase facility ("A/R facility"). The Term Loan, which closed on August 11, 2014, bears interest at a rate per annum equal to WSJ prime plus a spread that ranges from 5.50% to 8.25% per annum depending on the Company's first lien leverage ratio (provided that at no time shall the WSJ prime be less than 4%). The Term loan requires monthly interest payments, quarterly principal payments of $300,000 and a balloon payment on the Maturity Date. The Term Loan may be increased by up to an additional $10 million upon request and agreement by the Lenders, but is not a committed amount under the facility. The A/R facility will have a fixed 1.50% service charge with an effective APR of 9.0% with customary advance rates for a working capital facility. The A/R Facility replaces the Company's previous senior secured revolving A/R facility. The Facility is secured by all of the Company's and its wholly owned subsidiaries' assets. HII Technologies paid a cash structuring fee of $450,000 to the Lenders and also issued a 4-year warrant to purchase 2.5 million shares of common stock with an exercise price $1.00 per share in connection with the Facility.
"This credit facility and the previously announced equity capital raised late June and July provides us with additional capital to fund organic growth and acquisition opportunities," stated Matthew Flemming, CEO of HII Technologies. "While our firm is currently experiencing rapid organic growth, from time to time, we identify what we believe are excellent acquisitions that can create value for our Company. AES Water Solutions and AquaTex have both performed well post-acquisition and brought new customers and market share for accelerated growth. We expect to quickly deploy this capital to win some of this business. I would like to thank the Heartland Bank team who arranged the syndicate, and especially Greg White, Senior Credit Analyst and Phil Thomas, Chief Lending Officer for their efforts in helping us put together this financing package that we believe will allow us to continue to execute on our business strategy."
Roth Capital Partners acted as financial advisor to HII in the transaction. Please see the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC on or before August 15, 2014 for additional details regarding the Facility.
About HII Technologies, Inc.
HII Technologies, Inc. is a Houston, Texas based oilfield services company with operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and West Virginia. By focusing on the critical service areas of Water, Safety and Power, the Company is positioned to take advantage of the significant anticipated growth in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing within the United States' active shale and unconventional "tight oil" plays. The Company's frac water management division does business as AquaTex and AES Water Solutions, its onsite oilfield contract safety consultancy does business as AES Safety Services, and its mobile oilfield power subsidiary does business as South Texas Power (STP). The holding company, HII Technologies' objective is to bring proven technologies to these operating divisions to build a long-term competitive advantage for its stakeholders. Read more at www.HIITinc.com, www.AquaTexUSA.com, www.AESWaterSolutions.com, www.AESSafetyServices.com and www.Oilfield-Generators.com.
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