ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westmoreland Coal Company (NasdaqGM: WLB) announced today the closing of the previously announced private offering of $425 million in aggregate principal amount of 10.75% Senior Secured Notes.
The proceeds from the offering will be used primarily to pay the purchase price and related expenses for Westmoreland’s previously announced acquisition of Sherritt International Corporation’s coal mining operations, to prepay the outstanding senior secured notes issued by a subsidiary, and for working capital. The proceeds will be held in escrow pending the completion of the Sherritt acquisition, which is expected to occur by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
The notes were offered only to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and to buyers outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act, and until so registered, the notes may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the notes.
In addition, Westmoreland successfully completed its previously announced solicitation of consents from holders of its outstanding 10.75% Senior Secured Notes, allowing it to increase borrowing availability under its revolving credit agreement. Westmoreland received consent from holders of approximately 83.5% of the principal amount of existing notes, exceeding the consent required under the Indenture to approve the amendments.
The amendments will be implemented through the adoption of a second supplemental indenture, which will become operative only upon the completion of the Sherritt acquisition and disbursement of the previously announced cash payment of $1.25 per $1,000 in principal amount of existing notes to holders of existing notes that consented to the amendments.
About Westmoreland Coal Company
Westmoreland Coal Company is the oldest independent coal company in the United States. The Company’s coal operations include sub-bituminous coal mining in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, and lignite mining operations in Montana, North Dakota and Texas. Its power operations include ownership of the two-unit ROVA coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.westmoreland.com.
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