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Village Farms International, Inc. – VFF/VFFIF
VANCOUVER, March 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Village Farms International, Inc. (the "Company") (TSX: VFF) (OTC:VFFIF) announced today it extended its existing credit facilities with both its term and operating loan lenders. The Company extended its existing long-term debt facility to May 1, 2021 with an amended 15-year amortization period and pricing matrix. The new amortization will reduce the Company's principal payments to approximately US$3,000,000 per year from the current US$4,000,000 per year. The Company will also be extending its existing operating loan facility to five years from the closing date with modified financial covenants, which are more favorable for the Company moving forward. The availability under the new operating loan will increase to CA$13,000,000 from the current CA$10,000,000. The new operating loan is expected to close in the next 30 to 45 days.
Stephen Ruffini, Chief Financial Officer, stated "We are pleased with the terms and maturity dates of both our extended credit facilities. We are grateful for the continued support of our lenders – Farm Credit of Canada and BMO Bank of Montreal. Both institutions have been very supportive of Village Farms after our 2012 hail storm and have reflected our improved results in the new credit terms. We look forward to our ongoing relationships with both lenders."
About Village Farms
Village Farms is one of the largest producers, marketers and distributors of premium-quality, greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America. This premium product as well as premium product produced under exclusive arrangements with other greenhouse producers is grown in sophisticated, highly efficient and intensive agricultural greenhouse facilities located in British Columbia and Texas. Product is marketed and distributed under the Village Farms® brand primarily to retail grocers and dedicated fresh food distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Since its inception, Village Farms has been guided by sustainable growing methods and producing vegetables 365 days a year from its facilities that are healthier for people and the planet. Village Farms is Good for the Earth®.
Forward Looking Statements
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SOURCE Village Farms International, Inc.
For further information: Stephen C. Ruffini, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Village Farms International, Inc., (407) 936-1190 ext 340