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TD Bank Arranges New $90MM Credit Facility for The Eastern Company

June 22, 2023, 07:45 AM
Filed Under: Manufacturing

The Eastern Company, an industrial manufacturer of unique engineered solutions serving commercial transportation, logistics, and other industrial markets, established of a new $90 million 5-year senior secured credit facility. The new facility replaces the existing facility, which would have expired in August 2024. The lead arranger for the transaction was TD Bank. Other lenders are Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, and M&T Bank.

Terms of the facility include a $60 million senior term loan, a $30 million revolving facility, and an option to borrow an additional $75 million under certain circumstances. The facility pricing is grid based, with an initial interest rate for borrowings under the facility of SOFR plus 237.5 basis points. In addition to retiring our existing facility, we intend to use the proceeds from the new credit facility to fund working capital and potential acquisitions.

The Company used approximately $60 million of borrowings under the new credit facility to retire approximately $59 million of term loan debt outstanding in its prior credit facility and pay expenses associated with the new credit facility. As a result, in the second quarter of 2023, the Company expects to record a non-cash, after-tax charge of approximately $0.1 million or $0.01 per share in deferred debt issuance costs associated with the early termination of the facility that was replaced. After-tax cash interest increases from the new credit facility, assuming an average borrowing of $59 million, will be approximately $0.2 million or $0.03 per share in fiscal 2023. As of June 16, 2023, the Company had approximately 6.2 million fully diluted shares outstanding. Additionally, the Company terminated its August 30, 2019 interest rate swap agreement and received approximately $1.6 million.

"The successful syndication of this bank facility and the expansion of our lender group is a vote of confidence in our operations and provides capacity to support our growth objectives," said Mark Hernandez, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "The new facility provides us with increased flexibility and will allow us to continue to drive improvements across the Company, execute our growth strategy and increase shareholder value."

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