Unisource Completes Five-Year $640 Million Senior Secured Asset-Based Credit Facility

Capital Available For Future Acquisitions And Strategic Investment Opportunities

Mar 22, 2011, 11:41 ET from Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

NORCROSS, Ga., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, has successfully entered into a new five-year senior secured asset-based $640 million credit facility.

The new facility -- led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, and Barclays Capital -- provides for up to $640 million of borrowings with a scheduled maturity date of March 2016.  The agreement also provides future additional liquidity to Unisource by allowing the company to increase the size of the facility up to $790 million.

"This refinancing further strengthens Unisource's financial position, demonstrates our lenders' confidence in our ability to outperform the marketplace, and provides funding to support the company's aggressive organic and acquisition growth initiatives," said Al Dragone, Unisource CEO.  

Unisource Chief Financial Officer John Sills added, "The syndication process went extremely well and we actually received commitments in excess of $1 billion from various institutions wanting to provide capital.  Our new facility has very favorable rates and a flexible structure which will allow Unisource to continue to support and invest in our global businesses in North America, Europe and Asia.  At the facility closing date, Unisource had more than $300 million of unrestricted excess availability under our line of credit."

About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

Unisource Worldwide, Inc., headquartered in Norcross, Ga., is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States and offers the most comprehensive suite of customer solutions -- including engineered design capabilities, eBusiness technologies, logistics expertise, paper brokerage services, and environmentally-responsible options -- in its industry.  The company also markets a full line of commercial printing and business imaging papers, packaging materials and systems, and facility supplies and equipment.  With more than 4,500 Team Members located worldwide throughout business units in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia; and a fleet of "Big Red" trucks based at approximately 85 locations across North America, Unisource is the company that provides Customer Solutions in a Global Market.  Unisource can be found online at www.unisourceworldwide.com.

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