MONTREAL, QUEBEC and BRADENTON, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2012) - Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX:ITP) ("Intertape" or the "Company") today announced that Intertape Polymer US Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, has issued a notice of redemption for $55.0 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8 1/2% Senior Subordinated Notes due August 2014 (the "Notes"). The Company also announced its intention to enter into a ten-year real estate secured term loan of $16.6 million in November 2012. The loan bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of between 225 and 275 basis points depending on a Debt to EBITDA ratio. All dollar amounts are denominated in US dollars unless otherwise indicated.
"Our cash flows from operations combined with funds available under the Asset-Based Loan facility and proceeds from the real estate secured term loan allow us to further reduce the outstanding balance of the Notes and lower our average cost of debt while maintaining levels of liquidity commensurate with our business requirements. The notional amount of Notes outstanding after this redemption will be $38.7 million. As of October 26, 2012, we had cash and loan availability under our Asset-Based Loan facility exceeding $86 million," said Bernard J. Pitz, Intertape's Chief Financial Officer. A charge of $0.6 million will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012 due to the write-off of unamortized debt issue costs related to the redemption of the Notes.
A notice of redemption (the "Redemption Notice") pursuant to the terms of the Indenture governing the Notes has been distributed by the Company. The Redemption Notice issued today states that the redemption date is December 13, 2012 (the "Redemption Date"), and the redemption price is 100% of the par value of the Notes redeemed ("Redemption Payment"), plus accrued and unpaid interest to the Redemption Date. The Redemption Payment will be paid promptly following the later of the Redemption Date or the time of surrender of the Notes called for redemption to Wilmington Trust Company. Questions regarding the redemption should be directed to Wilmington Trust Company, by telephone at (203) 453-4130 or by facsimile at (203) 453-1183.
This announcement does not constitute a Notice of Redemption or an offer to buy or sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or buy any securities in any jurisdiction. The securities mentioned herein have not been and will not be qualified for sale to the public under applicable Canadian or United States securities laws and, accordingly, any offer and sale of the securities in Canada or the United States will be made on a basis which is exempt from the prospectus requirements of such securities laws.
About Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and sale of a variety of paper and film based pressure sensitive and water activated tapes, specialized polyolefin films, woven fabrics and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Bradenton, Florida, the Company employs approximately 1,800 employees with operations in 19 locations, including 12 manufacturing facilities in North America and one in Europe.
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