HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Genesis Energy, L.P (NYSE: GEL) announced today that it has successfully syndicated and closed on a refinancing of its existing revolving credit facility with $950 million in new commitments from existing lenders, including a new $650 million revolving credit facility and a $300 million Term Loan A, both due March 15, 2024. Proceeds from the Term Loan A will be used to repay an equivalent amount outstanding under the existing revolving facility.
Grant Sims, CEO of Genesis Energy said, “Given improving business and economic conditions and our increasing free cash flow profile, we thought it was timely and prudent to proactively reduce the size, and extend the tenor, of our senior secured facility. With this extension, we now have no maturities until 2024. The new facility provides us with ample liquidity and flexibility to allow our base businesses to continue to recover in advance of first production and significant additional cash flow to come on-line from our two large growth projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Argos and King’s Quay, which are on schedule for the first and second quarters of 2022, respectively. All of this comes in advance of first production of soda ash from our fully expanded Granger facility anticipated in the back half of 2023.
We very much value the relationships with the banks in our group and are very appreciative of their continued support of Genesis. As always, we intend to be prudent as we evaluate additional opportunities to reduce leverage, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to reaching our target long-term leverage ratio of 4.0x.
Turning briefly to our operations for the first quarter, we would re-confirm our expectation for our offshore segment returning to a normalized quarterly run rate of around $85 million of Segment Margin. Additionally, we set an all-time record for first quarter production from our Westvaco soda ash facility. Finally, we experienced a de minimus financial impact from the winter storms that gripped much of Texas and Louisiana in February and March.”
As mentioned above, the new facility is comprised of a $650 million revolving facility and a $300 million Term Loan A, the proceeds from which will be used to pay down the balance under our existing revolver. The term loan will begin amortizing at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 at $15 million per quarter through the fourth quarter of 2022, increasing to $25 million a quarter thereafter with the balance due at maturity. The relevant covenants contained in the new facility are summarized below:
Maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio:
- 5.85x 1Q2021 and 2Q2021
- 5.75x 3Q2021 through 1Q2022
- 5.50x thereafter
- Maximum Senior Secured Leverage Ratio: 2.50x
- Minimum Interest Coverage Ratio: 2.50x
Genesis Energy, L.P. is a diversified midstream energy master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas. Genesis’ operations include offshore pipeline transportation, sodium minerals and sulfur services, onshore facilities and transportation and marine transportation. Genesis’ operations are primarily located in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, Wyoming and the Gulf of Mexico.
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