Pirelli has subscribed to a new 800 million euro line of credit financing with a number of leading Italian and international banks. This line of credit has a five-year maturity and is entirely sustainable, in accordance with Pirelli’s economic and environmental sustainability targets.
On 5 September Moody’s Investors Service downgraded its Probability of Default Rating and senior subordinated notes rating for American Tire Distributors, Inc., to Ca-PD (from Caa3-PD) and C (from Caa3) respectively, following the company’s proposed debt-for-equity exchange offer to holders of the rated notes. All other ratings, including the company’s Caa2 Corporate Family Rating and Caa1 senior secured bank debt (term loan) rating remain under review for downgrade.
Yesterday, Pirelli & C. closed a ‘Schuldschein’ financing – guaranteed by Pirelli Tyre – for a total of 525 million euros. The financing, granted by primary market participants, consists of one 82-million-euro tranche with a three-year maturity, one of 423 million euros with a five-year maturity and one of 20 million euro with a seven-year maturity.
As part of its ongoing challenge for bodyshops to treated fairly, RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s leading trade association for the vehicle body repair sector, has reached a milestone in its debt recovery service.
The association, which provides a variety of services designed to provide support to its members and allows them to focus on the day-to-day running of their business, has now recouped over £100,000 so far this year on behalf of members – without any commissions being deducted.
“RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA) is delighted to announce that less than six months into the year, our debt recovery service has collected over £70,000 of aged debt for NAB & VBRA members with no commission charges,” comments Frank Harvey, head of bodyshop operations.
On 9 January, Pirelli signed a new revolving and term loan multicurrency facility worth a total of €1.0 billion and with a maturity of five years. The facility replaces an existing €1.2 billion revolving line of credit that is due to expire in November 2015 and which, as a consequence, will be cancelled in advance. The new revolving credit line totals €800 million while the Term Loan amounts to €200 million, with an amortisation structure which reflects the Pirelli Group’s cash flow generation and deleveraging trends.
On 23 December, Kumho Tire emerged from the debt workout programme it was placed under at the start of 2010. More than 75 per cent of the company’s creditors, in terms of debt held, decided that Kumho Tire had reached the threshold for ‘graduating’ from the programme. The tyre maker’s debt ratio, which hit a high of 858 per cent in 2010, declined to 290 per cent during the first half of 2014. Its credit rating also improved from BBB- to BBB.