SINGAPORE, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- China Yuchai International Limited (NYSE: CYD) ("China Yuchai" or the "Company"), announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Venture Lewis Limited ("VLL") has entered into a loan agreement with HL Global Enterprises Limited ("HLGE") ("2013 Loan Agreement") for the extension of a loan of S$75,000,000 ("Loan") to HLGE. The original amount of the Loan was S$93,000,000 which was granted to HLGE in February 2009 to refinance the zero coupon, unsecured, non-convertible bonds ("Bonds") issued by HLGE in 2006 and which matured on July 3, 2009 ("Maturity Date"). However, the principal amount has been reduced to S$75,000,000 pursuant to partial repayments of S$10,000,000 and S$8,000,000 made by HLGE in February 2011 and April 2012 respectively. The Company through another wholly-owned subsidiary, Grace Star Services Ltd., owns 48.9% of the issued ordinary shares of HLGE.
The unsecured Loan has, pursuant to the terms of the 2013 Loan Agreement, been extended for one year from July 2013 and is due for repayment in July 2014. Under the terms of the 2013 Loan Agreement, the interest payable will remain as the aggregate of a margin of 1.50% per annum and the 12-month Singapore Interbank Offer Rate expressed in a percentage rate fixed by the Association of Banks in Singapore for Singapore Dollars as of January 29, 2013 which was 0.561%. In the event the interest rate charged on external funds utilized by China Yuchai for their investment in HLGE is increased, the Company has a right to negotiate with HLGE with a view to agreeing on an increase in the interest rate payable by HLGE under the 2013 Loan Agreement subject to compliance with certain regulatory requirements. A negative pledge undertaking against any disposal or creation of security over substantially all of HLGE's assets without VLL's consent is also included.
The Company's Board of Directors approved the Loan extension after taking into account (i) the continued challenges facing HLGE's hospitality operations in China from increasing competition and the slowdown in China's economy which impacted on its results; (ii) the weak financial position of HLGE and its difficulties in obtaining financing from financial institutions, (iii) the need to provide continuing support to HLGE to allow it sufficient time to dispose of its non-performing assets in an orderly manner to repay the Loan, and (iv) continued efforts being made by HLGE to explore opportunities to grow its earnings base and improve its cash flow. This transaction has also been reviewed and approved by the Company's audit committee who has determined that the terms of the Loan extension are fair and reasonable and are not prejudicial to the interests of the Company's shareholders. In coming to its decision, in addition to the various factors set out in this paragraph, the audit committee also considered the costs and sources of funding for the Loan and the recoverability of the Loan based on a valuation of HLGE's assets.
About China Yuchai InternationalChina Yuchai International Limited, through its subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited ("GYMCL"), engages in the manufacture, assembly, and sale of a wide array of light-duty, medium-sized and heavy-duty diesel engines for construction equipment, trucks, buses and cars in China. GYMCL also produces diesel power generators, which are primarily used in the construction and mining industries. Through its regional sales offices and authorized customer service centers, the Company distributes its diesel engines directly to auto OEMs and retailers and provides maintenance and retrofitting services throughout China. Founded in 1951, GYMCL has established a reputable brand name, strong research and development team and significant market share in China with high-quality products and reliable after-sales support. In 2011, GYMCL sold 510,777 diesel engines and is recognised as a leading manufacturer and distributor of diesel engines in China. For more information, please visit http://www.cyilimited.com For more information, please contact: