URALCHEM has secured a loan of up to US $4.5 billion. The loan has been granted for a period of 84 months. A major part of the loan will be used to pay for the 20% of shares to be acquired in Uralkali.
Moscow, Russia (December 17, 2013) -- URALCHEM OJSC has secured a loan of up to US $4.5 billion. The loan has been granted for a period of 84 months.
URALHEM OJSC and the plant in Kirovo-Chepetsk are the borrowers in the transaction. VTB Capital Plc is acting as the lender, the loan agent and the documentation agent. The loan guarantees are Voskresensk Mineral Fertilisers, OJSC in Voskresensk, URALCHEM Trading House Ltd, OJSC Minudobrenia in Perm, URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C. and SIA URALCHEM Trading.
Out of the $4.5 billion loan, a major part will be used to pay for the 20% of shares to be acquired in OJSC Uralkali. Part of the borrowed funds can be used to repay the current loan liabilities of the URALCHEM Group and will be called on if the existing creditors of the Group require early repayment of liabilities due to changes in the credit portfolio of the Group.
On 4 December 2013, URALCHEM Group's shareholders announced an agreement to acquire a package of shares and GDRs in OJSC Uralkali (MICEX-RTS: URKA; LSE: URKA), constituting 20% of total share capital of the company. Closure of the transaction is expected in the near future. These shares will be used as collateral for the loan borrowed from VTB Capital Plc.
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URALCHEM, OJSC is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 2.8 million tonnes of ammonia, 0.8 million tonnes of MAP and DAP, 0.8 million tonnes of complex fertilisers and 1.2 million tonnes of urea. URALCHEM, OJSC is the second largest ammonium nitrate producer in the world and number one in Russia, the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilisers in Russia. Key production assets of URALCHEM, OJSC include Azot Branch of URALCHEM, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm Region; OJSC Minudobrenia, Perm; MFP Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC Branch in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilisers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow region.
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