MONCTON, N.B., Aug. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. ("IRG" or the "Company") (TSX: IRG) announced today the completion of a refinancing of its senior credit facility with GE Capital, Canada ("GE Capital"). IRG's new credit facility from GE Capital consists of a $37.1 million term loan, maturing in August 2015.
The proceeds of the new credit facility have been applied to fully repay the Company's existing fixed rate senior debt facilities and two third-party loans, totalling $37.1 million. The new credit facility provides for a BA floating rate structure with an option to convert to a fixed rate. Subject to any fluctuations in the BA rate, this new facility should materially reduce the Company's overall borrowing cost, representing significant interest expense savings over the term of the loan.
The new credit facility also provides the Company with additional flexibility to pay down its existing outstanding subordinated debentures.
"We are very pleased to announce a renewed relationship with GE Capital, following a rigorous market canvass. Our new credit facility not only lowers our financing costs and improves our overall capital structure, but more importantly it marks a turning point for the Company in that we are now in a position to concentrate all of our energies towards the execution of our strategic initiatives", said Denis Richard, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRG. "We believe that our continued focus on de-leveraging the Company over the next few years combined with ongoing strategic operating initiatives will create a solid foundation for shareholder value creation" added Mr. Richard.
In addition, on July 19, 2012, the Company entered into a First Supplemental Indenture to the Warrant Indenture dated December 29, 2011 (the "Indenture"), thereby removing the cashless exercise option which was previously granted in favor the warrant holders under the Indenture. Such removal of the cashless exercise option eliminates the non-cash financial impact from measuring the warrants at fair value under International Financial Reporting Standards at each reporting period.
About Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc.
Headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick, Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. owns franchised and corporate restaurants throughout Canada under four brands: Pizza Delight®, operating primarily in Atlantic Canada, where it dominates the family/mid-scale segment, Mikes® and Scores®, operating primarily in Quebec in the family and casual dining segments and the take-out and delivery segments, and Bâton Rouge®, operating in Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia in the casual dining segment.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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