Redline Communications Secures $10 Million Credit Facility
-- Financial partnership helps fuel Company growth --
TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Redline Communications (www.rdlcom.com Group Inc. TSX: RDL), a leading provider of broadband wireless solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, today announced that they have finalized a $10 million credit facility with HSBC Bank Canada ("HSBC") and have amended their loan agreement maturing in 2019 with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation ("MEDI"). These new banking arrangements will provide short and longer term funding to the Company to allow for continued growth by leveraging working capital without diluting Company shareholders.
"Our new relationship with HSBC allows us to pursue our growth strategies," said Eric Melka, Redline's chief executive officer. "This flexibilty is particularly important in the fast-growing energy market where our successes have been with multi-million dollar projects where increased flexibility in working capital is required. We are delighted to be working with HSBC, the right choice for Redline because of the good fit with our global business."
Under the new banking arrangements, HSBC will provide a $10 million revolving demand credit facility at prime plus 1.5 percent. The availability under the revolving facility is subject to certain borrowing base calculations based on accounts receivable. The maximum draw on the revolver, currently $7M, will expand to $10M when fiscal year reporting supports performance expectations. HSBC will also provide treasury management solutions for Redline.
The Company's pre-existing arrangement with MEDI has been amended to give HSBC a first ranking on accounts receivable and forgive certain interest charges in exchange for a $750 thousand principle repayment by the Company at closing and a $500 thousand principle repayment in July 2014. Interest on the MEDI loan is at 4.15 percent.
"Our partnership with MEDI is strong and we very much appreciate their guidance, assistance and commitment to technology," added Melka. "Their program and team have allowed us to accelerate our product development activities through what was a pivotal turnaround period for the Company and we thank them for their continued support."
About Redline Communications
Redline Communications (www.rdlcom.com) is the innovator of Virtual Fiber™, a specialized broadband wireless solution used to cost-effectively deploy and extend secure networks, enable M2M applications, connect digital oil fields and smart grids, facilitate and enhance public safety networks, and bring Internet access wherever and whenever it's needed - regardless of terrain or how remote. For more than a decade Redline has delivered powerful, versatile and reliable wireless solutions to governments, militaries, oil and gas companies and telecom service providers through its global network of certified partners. For more information visit www.rdlcom.com.
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