Consolidation of debt results in reduced interest expense and increased financial capacity
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, Oct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. (the "Company" or "Diamond Estates") (http://www.diamondestates.ca) (TSXV: DWS), today announced that the Company has entered into a new credit facilities agreement (the "Facilities Agreement") with Bank of Montreal (the "Lender").
Under the Facilities Agreement, the Lender is providing Diamond Estates and its subsidiaries with a total of up to $30 million, including a $13.0 million revolving credit facility (the "Revolver") and a $10.0 million non-revolving term loan. The Agreement also provides for an additional delayed draw term loan of $2.5M, a $2.5M master lease facility and a $2.0 million accordion feature to the Revolver, exercisable by the Company subject to certain provisions. The Revolver and term loan mature in three years.
The Company retired a total of $18.5 million in revolving and term debt that was outstanding under loans from CIBC and Meridian Credit Union. The balance of the funds will be available as needed to fund capital expenditures and general corporate purposes. Diamond Estates expects the new financing to result in annualized interest savings of approximately $108,000.
"Bank of Montreal has just made a very strong show of support for Diamond Estates and our growth strategy," said Murray Souter, President and Chief Executive Officer. "With the financial capacity provided by these new credit facilities, we are well positioned to continue to execute against our plan."
About Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.
Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. is a producer of high quality wines and a sales agent for over 120 beverage alcohol brands across Canada. The company operates two wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario producing VQA and blended wines under such well-known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell Estates, Lakeview Cellars, Dois Amigos, Dan Aykroyd, Benchmark and Seasons. Through its subsidiary, Kirkwood Diamond Canada, the Company is the sales agent for top selling international brands in all regions of the country as well as being a distributor in the western provinces. These recognizable brands include Fat Bastard wines from France, Kaiken wines from Argentina, Charles Wells beers from England, Hpnotiq Liqueur from France, Anciano wines from Spain, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina, Blue Nun wines from Germany, coolers and spirits from Independent Distillers in New Zealand, Brick Brewing from Canada, Evan Williams Bourbon from USA, Iceberg Vodka from Canada and many others. For further information on the company, please visit the company's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
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SOURCE Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
For further information: J. Murray Souter, President & CEO, Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc., [email protected], 905.641.1042 Ext 234; Alan Stratton, CPA, CA, Chief Financial Officer, Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc., [email protected], 905.641.1042 Ext 225