Chiquita amends loans, hedges euro

06/27/2012 11:19:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Chiquita Brands LLC will pay an additional $8 million in interest over two years after amending a credit agreement with a group of bank lenders led by Rabobank Nederland.

The change offers the company, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, more operating flexibility and a chance to manage business volatility, according to a news release.

Chiquita also announced that it will hedge about half of its euro-based revenue exposure for the rest of the year and all of 2013, using option collar hedge transactions. The company aims to increase its protection against the risk of a devaluing euro, according to the release.

The credit agreement amendment involves a $330 million term loan plus a $150 million revolving line — both secured — that mature in 2016, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The agreement shifts the interest rate to a market-based amount through September 2013. That will cost Chiquita about $3 million more this year and $5 million extra next year.

Chiquita’s SEC filing appears online.



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