Matson, a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced the issuance of $75 million in privately placed 11-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced commitment letter dated October 27, 2016.
The Notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 8 years and will bear interest at a rate of 3.37 percent, payable semi-annually. Proceeds of the Notes are expected to be used to pay down the Company’s revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes.
Joel Wine, Matson’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer commented, “We are pleased to complete this attractive fixed rate financing that will pay down our revolving credit facility and strengthen our balance sheet as we progress with our four vessel Hawaii fleet renewal program. We expect to fund the construction of these vessels primarily through the strong cash flows generated by our core businesses, available capacity under our $400 million revolving credit facility, and additional debt financings, which could include Title XI U.S. Government guaranteed vessel finance bonds.”