Smithfield Foods Secures New $1.2 Billion Credit Line

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Smithfield Foods Secures New $1.2 Billion Credit Line

06/10/2011

Smithfield Foods has entered into new revolving credit facilities totaling $1.2 billion with Rabobank Nederland, New York Branch, as administrative agent. The new credit facilities replace the company's previous $1.0 billion revolving credit facility and include an option, subject to certain conditions, to increase available commitments to $1.5 billion in the future.

The new credit facilities are comprised of a $925 million asset-based revolving credit facility and a $275 million accounts receivable securitization facility scheduled to mature in June 2016 and June 2014, respectively.

"Last year, we embarked on an aggressive plan to restructure our balance sheet. The refinancing of our working capital credit facility was a crucial step in achieving a number of the goals set forth in this plan; namely, to reduce interest expense and extend debt maturities, while ensuring ample liquidity," said C. Larry Pope, president and CEO.

The company has also extended its $200 million term loan with Rabobank Nederland, which was previously scheduled to mature in August 2013, out to June 2016.