JUNE 7, 2012 — Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. (ALEX), successor by merger to Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., reports that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has entered into a series of debt financing agreements undertaken on behalf of Matson, Inc. as part of the previously announced plan to separate the company's transportation and land businesses into two publicly traded companies. Subject to final approval by the Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors, the separation remains on track for completion early in the third quarter of this year or as early as the end of the second quarter.
"We are pleased to announce that we have secured these important debt financing agreements, which mark an important step toward the establishment of Matson as a stand-alone company," said Matt Cox, president of Matson Navigation. "As an independent company, Matson will be well capitalized, with a strong balance sheet and credit profile, thereby providing stability and the financial flexibility to pursue future growth opportunities."
"Matson has achieved successful long-term debt financing agreements at a time when long-term rates are near historic lows," said Joel Wine, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. and senior vice president and chief financial officer of Matson Navigation. "With the exception of the existing Title XI debt, Matson's debt structure will be unsecured and all long-term debt will be amortizing, which will allow Matson to avoid large bullet debt maturities. Additionally, the new revolving credit facility will enhance Matson's liquidity profile and provide financial resources to continue to fund our future operational and growth initiatives."
The new $375 million unsecured revolving senior credit facility with a syndicate of banks has an option to increase the facility's capacity by another $75 million. The facility has a five-year term maturing in June 2017, with an initial stated interest rate of London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 1.5 percent. Matson anticipates that approximately $75 million will be drawn from the new credit facility immediately following the separation. Bank of America, N.A. served as administrative agent, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and First Hawaiian Bank served as joint lead arrangers for the revolving credit facility.
Matson Navigation entered into an amended and restated note agreement with Prudential Investment Management, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, "Prudential"), which will be assigned to Matson, and under which Matson will issue new senior unsecured term notes in an aggregate amount of $170 million with a weighted average coupon of 3.97 percent. The notes have final maturities of 11 years, 15 years and 20 years, with an overall weighted average life of approximately 9.3 years.
The initial draw on the $375 million unsecured revolving senior credit facility and the proceeds from the $170 million of new senior unsecured notes will be used to repay an existing revolver, to fund a contribution to Alexander & Baldwin as part of separation and to fund the general corporate purposes of Matson.
In addition, the existing $56 million privately placed notes with Prudential currently secured by Matson Navigation's Manulani vessel were also amended. Following the planned separation, these notes will be assigned to Matson, the security interest on the vessel will be released, and the coupon rate will be adjusted to 5.79 percent from 4.79 percent related to Matson's overall debt restructuring as part of the separation. These notes have a remaining average life of approximately four years and the amortization schedule of the new notes will not change.
There is no change to Matson Navigation's existing $74.8 million of Title XI secured debt.
Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. has received a favorable private letter ruling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirming the tax-free nature of the planned separation. Furthermore, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. completed its shareholder-approved holding company merger which was intended to facilitate the separation. As a result of the merger, Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. replaced Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. as the publicly held corporation through which the company's operations are conducted.