Birks & Mayors Inc. (the “Company” or “Birks & Mayors”) (AMEX:BMJ) today announced the closing of an amendment and extension of its senior secured revolving credit facility and its senior secured term loan. The Company’s $132 million senior secured revolving credit facility, which was set to expire on December 17, 2011, has been amended and extended to be in the amount of $115 million and will expire on June 8, 2015. In addition, the Company amended its $12.5 million senior secured term loan, which was also set to mature on December 17, 2011, to $18 million with a maturity date of June 8, 2015. The interest rate on the amended senior secured term loan was reduced from 16% per annum to a rate of 11% per annum (or one month LIBOR plus 8%, whichever is greater). These two credit facilities will primarily be used to finance working capital, capital expenditures, provide liquidity to fund the Company’s day-to-day operations and for other general corporate purposes.
“We are very pleased that our lenders continue to support the Company by allowing us to extend the terms of our borrowing arrangements under both senior secured credit facilities under favorable terms and at lower interest rates. As a result of our overachieving our goals to deleverage the Company over the last two fiscal years, we have been able to reduce the amount of our aggregate lines of credit. However, the new revolving credit facility contains an uncommitted accordion feature of $25 million, should the need arise for greater borrowing capacity. The renewal of our credit facilities for four years on more favorable terms will provide the Company with the necessary tools to continue to grow our business and improve the profitability of the Company,” said Tom Andruskevich, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Birks & Mayors is a leading operator of 61 luxury jewelry stores in the United States and Canada. The Company operates 32 stores under the Birks brand in most major markets in Canada and 26 stores under the Mayors brand in Florida and Georgia, two retail locations in Calgary and Vancouver under the Brinkhaus brand, and one retail location in Orlando under the Rolex brand. Birks was founded in 1879 and developed over the years into Canada’s premier retailer, designer and manufacturer of fine jewelry, timepieces, sterling and plated silverware and gifts. Mayors was founded in 1910 and has maintained the intimacy of a family-owned boutique while becoming renowned for its fine jewelry, timepieces, giftware and service. Additional information can be found on Birks & Mayors web site, www.birksandmayors.com.
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