NN, Inc. Announces Amended Credit Facilities

Dec 22, 2010, 09:30 ET from NN, Inc.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NN, Inc. (Nasdaq: NNBR) today announced that it has amended its two credit facilities.  James H. Dorton, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer commented, "On December 21, 2010, we amended our revolving credit facility with Key Bank as the administrative agent which was set to expire on September 20, 2011.  We also amended the terms for our senior notes due in April 2014 with Prudential Capital.  Due to improved market conditions and our improved financial performance, the new facility carries more favorable terms than the expiring facility.  The covenants are now set at levels that will allow us to fund our strategic growth projects as well as realize significant savings on interest costs."

The amended syndicated credit agreement which has a revised maturity date of December 21, 2014, provides for an initial commitment of $75 million.  The facility carries an expansion feature that will allow the borrowing of up to a maximum of $135 million.  The syndicated loan agreement carries a revised interest rate of LIBOR or a Base Rate plus an applicable margin of 1.5% or 3.5%, depending on the levels of certain covenants.  The senior notes which are due on April 2014 carry a new interest rate of 6.7%, down from the previous rate of 8.5%.  At current interest rates and covenant levels, this yields a blended interest rate of approximately 4.5% on NN's total debt. This compares to a blended rate of 6.1% prior to closing the amended facility.  The Company currently has approximately $53.0 million outstanding under the revolving credit facility and $22.9 million outstanding under the senior notes.  

NN, Inc. manufacturers and supplies high precision metal bearing components, industrial plastic and rubber products and precision metal components to a variety of end markets on a global basis. Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, NN has 12 manufacturing plants in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and China.  NN, Inc. had sales of US $259 million in 2009.

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