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Bank of America Agents ABL Credit Facility Amendment, Extension for Resolute Forest Products

December 16, 2021, 07:40 AM
Filed Under: Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products announced a reset of the five-year maturity of its senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility ("ABL credit facility") with an aggregate lender commitment of up to $450 million at any time outstanding, subject to borrowing base availability based on specified advance rates, eligibility criteria and customary reserves. The facility also includes an Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") module with targets to be agreed upon with the bank syndicate, which upon activation will impact ABL pricing.

The ABL credit facility is provided by a syndicate of six banks, with Bank of America as administrative agent and collateral agent. Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Bank of Montreal acted as joint lead arrangers and joint book runners; CIBC and TD acted as co-documentation agents.

"This successful extension improves certain terms and conditions and supports the execution of our growth and transformation initiatives for the future. Our new ESG module also demonstrates our commitment to delivering value for our shareholders while driving economic activity in a sustainable and responsible way," said Remi G. Lalonde, president and chief executive officer. "By renewing and extending the ABL through December 2026, we are taking advantage of our strong financial position and of attractive bank market conditions to lock in a competitive source of liquidity for the long term," added Sylvain A. Girard, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

The ABL facility is completely undrawn, with the exception of approximately $73 million of ordinary course letters of credit outstanding. The extension of the ABL credit facility includes a number of modifications, including a LIBOR transition. The $450 million facility includes a $250 million tranche available to Resolute's U.S. borrowers and its Canadian borrowers, as well as a $200 million tranche available only to its U.S. borrowers, in each case subject to the borrowing base availability of those borrowers. The facility includes a $60 million swing line sub-facility and a $200 million letter of credit sub-facility. The credit agreement also provides for an uncommitted ability to increase the revolving credit facility by up to $500 million, subject to certain terms and conditions.

The credit agreement for the ABL facility contains customary covenants, representations and warranties, and events of default for asset-based credit agreements of this type. The company's obligations under the facility are guaranteed by certain material subsidiaries, and they are secured by first priority liens on accounts receivable, inventory and related assets.

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP represented Resolute.

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