PHOENIX, AZ, June 27, 2016 /CNW/ - Global Water Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: GWRS, TSX: GWR) (the "Company") announced today that it has completed the refinancing of its long-term debt. The Company issued, pursuant to a Note Purchase Agreement dated May 20, 2016, two series of senior secured notes in a total principal amount of $115 million. The new notes have a blended interest rate of 4.55% and provide for no principal payments during the first five years of the term. The Company used the proceeds to retire its existing long-term debt of $107 million and pay the associated prepayment penalties of $3.2 million. The remaining proceeds will be used by the Company for general corporate purposes. The transaction closed on June 24, 2016.
"This debt refinancing significantly improves our cash flow and provides us the liquidity to make strategic decisions that focus on growing the long term value of the Company," said Ron Fleming, Chief Executive Officer. "This closing marks the completion of a four year strategy to best position the Company for the long term."
"In addition to lower interest costs and deferred principal payments, the Company's cash balance has increased more than $12.0 million, as a result of this transaction," added Mike Liebman, Chief Financial Officer. "We look forward to the opportunities the refinancing provides us as we look to grow into the future."
About Global Water Resources, Inc.
The Company is a water resource management company located in Phoenix, Arizona, that owns and operates regulated water, wastewater and recycled water utilities in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
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