Griffon Corporation Announces Closing of $200 Million Revolving Credit Facility
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, March 18, 2011 - Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF) announced today that it has entered into a new five year cash flow revolving credit facility ("New Cash Flow Facility") pursuant to a previously disclosed commitment letter with JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC. This facility refinances and replaces the existing revolving credit facilities at each of Telephonics Corporation and Clopay Ames True Temper Holding Corp.
The execution of the New Cash Flow Facility, along with the completion of $550 million 7.125% unsecured senior notes, completes the refinancing of substantially all of Griffon's domestic subsidiary debt with new debt at the parent company level.
The New Cash Flow Facility provides for revolving borrowings in an aggregate principal amount of up to $200,000,000 that will support Griffon's working capital requirements and its anticipated growth strategies. The facility also has a $50,000,000 accordion feature, exercisable if new or existing lenders agree to provide or increase their commitments. The Borrower may elect to pay interest based on either a LIBOR or base benchmark rate, with no floor, plus an applicable margin that depends on Griffon's leverage ratio. Initial pricing is LIBOR plus 2.75% or base rate plus 1.75%. The facility is guaranteed by Griffon's material domestic subsidiaries, and is collateralized by substantially all the assets of Griffon and its material domestic subsidiaries. The New Cash Flow Facility removes the lines of business restriction in the existing revolving credit facilities, resulting in increased flexibility for Griffon.
Commenting on the New Cash Flow Facility, Ron Kramer, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said "The closing of our new revolving credit facility, together with yesterday's completion of our $550 million 7.125% unsecured senior notes offering, completes the successful refinancing of our balance sheet. This puts us in an extraordinary position to continue to grow our Company."
Syndication for the New Cash Flow Facility was lead by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.
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About Griffon Corporation
Griffon Corporation (the "Company" or "Griffon"), is a diversified management and holding company that conducts business through wholly-owned subsidiaries. Griffon oversees the operations of its subsidiaries, allocates resources among them and manages their capital structures. Griffon provides direction and assistance to its subsidiaries in connection with acquisition and growth opportunities as well as in connection with divestitures. Griffon also seeks out, evaluates and, when appropriate, will acquire additional businesses that offer potentially attractive returns on capital to further diversify itself.
Griffon currently conducts its operations through Telephonics, Clopay Building Products ("CBP"), Clopay Plastic Products Company ("Plastics") and Ames True Temper ("ATT"). CBP and ATT comprise the Home & Building Products operating segment.
Telephonics designs, develops and manufactures high-technology, integrated information, communication and sensor system solutions for use in military and commercial markets worldwide.
Home & Building Products is a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential, commercial and industrial garage doors to professional installing dealers and major home center retail chains, as well as a global provider of non-powered landscaping products that make work easier for homeowners and professionals.
Plastics is an international leader in the development and production of embossed, laminated and printed specialty plastic films used in a variety of hygienic, health-care and industrial applications.
For more information on Griffon and its operating subsidiaries, please see the Company's website at www.griffoncorp.com.
Douglas J. Wetmore, 212-957-5000
Chief Financial Officer
James Palczynski, 203-682-8229
Principal and Director