Superior Plus Corp. Extends $570 Million Syndicated Credit Facility and Securitization Program

    TSX: SPB

    CALGARY, May 21 /CNW/ - Superior Plus Corp. is pleased to announce that
its wholly-owned subsidiaries Superior Plus LP and Superior Plus US Holdings
Inc. have completed a $570 million extension of its syndicated credit facility
with eleven lenders to June 28, 2011. Superior maintained its financial
covenant ratios of Senior Debt to EBITDA and Total Debt to EBITDA of 3.5x and
5.0x, respectively.
    In addition, Superior Plus LP extended its securitization program to June
29, 2010. Under the securitization program, Superior Plus LP may sell up to
$130 million of certain account receivables on a 30 day revolving basis to a
Canadian chartered bank to finance a portion of its working capital
    "We are pleased to have completed the extension of the syndicated credit
facility and securitization program with strong support from our lenders.
Superior continues to maintain its financial flexibility to complete growth
projects which support our strategy of operating and building businesses over
the long-term," said Grant Billing, Chairman and CEO of Superior.
    As at March 31, 2009, Superior had unutilized credit capacity of $314
million relating to its $570 million syndicated credit facility. Four quarter
trailing EBITDA was $251.9 million resulting in Senior Debt to EBITDA ratio of
2.2x and Total Debt to EBITDA ratio of 3.2x as at March 31, 2009.
    Superior continues to maintain investment grade ratings on a secured
basis. The senior secured credit rating for Superior Plus LP is currently BBB
(low) and BBB- for Dominion Bond Rating Service Limited and Standard & Poors,
respectively. In late 2008, Standard & Poor's changed their negative outlook
to stable on Superior's corporate credit rating.
    "Our strong balance sheet along with prudent financial policies supports
Superior's ability to pursue accretive consolidation opportunities to create
long-term value for our securityholders. We expect to continue to optimise
capital structure and increase access to capital in the future," stated Wayne
Bingham, Executive Vice President and CFO of Superior.

    About the Corporation
    Superior Plus is a diversified corporation. The Corporation holds 100% of
Superior Plus LP, a limited partnership formed between Superior General
Partner Inc., as general partner and the Corporation as limited partner.
Superior Plus is focused on stability of dividends with value growth and has
four Canadian based operating businesses: Superior Propane is Canada's largest
distributor of propane and related products and services; ERCO Worldwide is a
leading supplier of chemicals and technology to the pulp and paper industries
and a regional Midwest supplier of chloralkali and potassium products; Winroc
is a leading distributor of walls and ceilings construction products in North
America; and Superior Energy Management provides fixed-price natural gas
supply services in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia along with
fixed-price electricity supply services in Ontario.

    The Corporation's shares and convertible debentures trade on the TSX as

    Symbol      Security                      Issued and Outstanding
    SPB         Shares                          88.4 million
    SPB.db.b    5.75% Debentures, Series 1    $174.9 million principal amount
    SPB.db.c    5.85% Debentures, Series 1    $ 75.0 million principal amount

    Forward Looking Information

    Certain information included in this Press Release is forward-looking,
within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Much of this
information can be identified by looking for words such as "believe",
"expects", "expected", "will", "intends", "projects", "anticipates",
"estimates", "continues" or similar words. Forward-looking information in this
Press Release includes but is not limited to, assumptions concerning the
future payment of dividends and the treatment of shareholders under tax laws.
Superior believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking
information are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these
expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements
should not be unduly relied upon.
    Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and
involves a number of risks and uncertainties some of which are described
herein. Such forward-looking information necessarily involves known and
unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Superior's actual results to
differ materially from any projections of future results expressed or implied
by such forward-looking information. These risks and uncertainties include but
are not limited to the inability of Superior to meet the liquidity tests set
forth in the Canada Business Corporations Act with respect to the payment of
dividends and future changes to applicable tax laws and the other risks
identified in the Corporation's 2008 Annual Information Form under the heading
"Risk Factors", which is available on the SEDAR website ( Any
forward-looking information is made as of the date hereof and, except as
required by law, Superior does not undertake any obligation to publicly update
or revise such information to reflect new information, subsequent or

For further information:

For further information: about Superior Plus, please visit our website
at: or contact: A. Scott Daniel, Vice-President,
Treasurer and Investor Relations, Tel: (403) 218-2953, Fax: (403) 218-2973,
E-mail:, Toll Free: 1-866-490-PLUS (7587)

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