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JPMorgan Chase Agents $75MM Facility for Farmers Bros.

March 06, 2015, 07:57 AM

Farmer Bros. Co. has entered into a new five-year $75 million senior secured revolving credit facility led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and SunTrust Bank, as syndication agent, to replace the company's existing $75 million credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. that expired on March 2, 2015. The Revolving Facility includes an additional $50 million accordion feature subject to approval by applicable lenders.

The company intends to use the proceeds of the Revolving Facility to refinance certain existing indebtedness, to finance the company's working capital needs, and to finance certain expenses and other capital expenditures related to the company's corporate relocation plan announced on February 5, 2015. Combined with the company's cash flows from operations and other liquid assets, the borrowing capacity provided by the revolving facility is expected to be sufficient to fund the company's existing working capital needs as well as growth.

"We are encouraged by the strong support from Chase and SunTrust in establishing this new credit facility, and look forward to building a productive relationship," said the company's treasurer and CFO Mark Nelson. "We are very pleased with the terms of this new revolver, and believe that this financing will provide for the requirements of our upcoming corporate relocation, while also serving as a resource for our future growth initiatives."

Founded in 1912, Farmer Bros. Co. is a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products. The company is a direct distributor of coffee to restaurants, hotels, casinos, offices, quick service restaurants ("QSR's"), convenience stores, healthcare facilities and other foodservice providers, as well as private brand retailers in the QSR, grocery, drugstore, restaurant, convenience store, and independent coffee house channels. The Company's product line includes roasted coffee, liquid coffee, coffee-related products such as coffee filters, sugar and creamers, assorted iced and hot teas, cappuccino, cocoa, spices, gelatins and puddings, soup bases, dressings, gravy and sauce mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, and jellies and preserves.

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