Under the Agreement, $210 Million Bank Loans Have Been Paid Down to $160 million and Extended to 2013 through 2015 at Libor plus 2.75%
MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel – August 17, 2010 – TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced that it has signed and closed a definitive agreement with its lender banks, strengthening its balance sheet and debt structure, as well as enabling its business plan forecasted growth.
According to the agreement, approximately $160 million of principal amount were extended and scheduled to be paid in 10 quarterly installments commencing the third quarter of 2013 and ending in the fourth quarter of 2015. The loans will bear an annual interest rate of labor plus 2.75 percent. As part of the agreement, the company will prepay $30 million, on top of $20 million previously announced, both originally due next year. This is funded by its improved operating margins, which have outperformed street expectations.
Oren Shirazi, TowerJazz’s CFO, said: “Following the previous announced $80 million bonds to notes exchange, the extension of the $45 million Wells Fargo credit lines, with due dates of 2015 and 2014 respectively, a conversion of approximately $30 million of Israeli bonds, and with this additional banks agreement, we have now refinanced/ restructured more than $350 million of debt. Considering our greater than $160 million 2010 EBITDA target, this restructure has improved our debt to EBITDA ratio to less than 2.5X, being a servable ratio and much lower than in the past.”
Russell Ellwanger, TowerJazz's chief executive officer, added, "This new debt balance and schedule is critical to sustaining a significant cash balance enabling quick execution of material growth opportunities. The signing of this definitive agreement with our Israeli lender banks was the most significant step towards the execution of our comprehensive debt restructuring plan. Servicing the reduced remaining principle with the associated due dates of all banks and bonds debt, falls easily within the operating models of the company, for a wide range of scenarios.”
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader and its fully owned U.S. subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor, operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, manufacturing integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron. TowerJazz provides industry leading design enablement tools to allow complex designs to be achieved quickly and more accurately and offers a broad range of customizable process technologies including SiGe, BiCMOS, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, CMOS Image Sensor, Power Management (BCD), and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) as well as MEMS capabilities. To provide world-class customer service, TowerJazz maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel and one in the U.S. with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships. For more information, please visit www.towerjazz.com.