- Company’s long-term debt reduced by approximately $4541 million
- Reduction of cash interest expense and loan amortization by $42 million and on track to exceed incremental annual free cash flow $50 million target
IRVING, Texas, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exela Technologies, Inc. (“Exela” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: XELA), a global business process automation leader across numerous industries, today announced that following the completion of the senior notes exchange offer and private exchange of its term loans with certain of its lenders, the Company’s long-term debt has been reduced by approximately $454 million as compared to the long-term debt outstanding as of December 31, 2020.
As previously reported, the total amount of senior notes tendered reached a 97.6% tender rate and the Company was able to exchange or cancel a majority of its outstanding credit agreement obligations. By exceeding the required consent thresholds, certain negative covenants in the underlying indenture and term loan agreements were removed.
These steps represent a key milestone in the Company’s strategy to materially reduce its total amount of debt and associated interest expense. The transactions will result in an estimated annual reduction of cash interest expense and loan amortization of $42 million, exceeding the Company’s stated $37.5 million target.
Par Chadha, Exela’s Executive Chairman, noted, “I am pleased that the Company is on track to exceed the free cash flow improvement of $50 million per annum, which was announced during our Q3 earnings call. I am very proud of our team and thankful to our advisors who have helped us accomplish that. We will continue our efforts to unlock shareholder value.”
BofA Securities acted as exclusive financial advisor, B. Riley acted as advisor and capital provider, and Paul Weiss acted as legal counsel for Exela in connection with these exchange transactions.
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About Exela Technologies
Exela Technologies is a business process au tomation (BPA) leader, leveraging a global footprint and proprietary technology to provide digital transformation solutions enhancing quality, productivity, and end-user experience. With decades of experience operating mission-critical processes, Exela serves a growing roster of more than 4,000 customers throughout 50 countries, including over 60% of the Fortune® 100. Utilizing foundational technologies spanning information management, workflow automation, and integrated communications, Exela’s software and services include multi-industry, departmental solution suites addressing finance and accounting, human capital management, and legal management, as well as industry-specific solutions for banking, healthcare, insurance, and the public sector. Through cloud-enabled platforms, built on a configurable stack of automation modules, and over 17,500 employees operating in 23 countries, Exela rapidly deploys integrated technology and operations as an end-to-end digital journey partner.
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