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Diamond Foods Completes Refinancing Of Debt Capital Structure

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq:DMND) (the "Company" or "Diamond") today completed the refinancing of its debt capital structure, as previously announced.

"We are pleased with our new debt structure," said Raymond Silcock, Diamond's Chief Financial Officer. "In addition to substantially reducing interest expense, it will also provide us financial flexibility for the future."

The Company today closed its previously announced Rule 144A offering of $230 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.000% Senior Notes due 2019. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Barclays Capital Inc., BMO Capital Markets Inc., and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc. acted as initial purchasers of the notes. The proceeds from the offering will be used to prepay outstanding indebtedness under the Company's existing credit facility and to redeem its senior unsecured notes due 2020 held by Oaktree, including a prepayment premium.

Diamond also announced today the closing of a $125 million syndicated secured credit facility pursuant to an asset based Credit Agreement, among the Company, as Borrower, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent, Swing Line Lender, Syndication Agent, Sole Lead Arranger and Sole Bookrunner, SunTrust Bank as Documentation Agent, and the other Lenders party thereto. The ABL Credit Facility has a 4.5 year term, during which the Company may make aggregate drawings not to exceed the lesser of $125 million and an amount equal to the borrowing base specified in the ABL Credit Facility. Under the ABL Credit Facility, the Company has a $20 million sublimit for the issuance of letters of credit, and a Swing Line Facility of up to $12.5 million for same day borrowings. The ABL Credit Facility was used to refinance certain indebtedness of the Company, and may be used to finance the ongoing general corporate needs of the Company and its subsidiaries.

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