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Bertram Books owner Smiths News secures new £200m bank refinancing deal

PUBLISHED: 17:38 03 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:30 03 February 2014

Smith News, owners of Norwich-based Bertram Group has secured a new £200m banking facility to underpin its investment plans

Smith News, owners of Norwich-based Bertram Group has secured a new £200m banking facility to underpin its investment plans

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Smiths News, owners of Norwich-based Bertram Books today announced it has refinanced and increased its existing bank facilities, extending the maturity of its debt to support the Group’s medium-term funding requirements.

The Groups previous facilities were for a total of £174m and were due to mature in November 2014. It said the new facility, provided by a “strong syndicate” of five banks, has increased to £200m and will mature in November 2018, providing over four years of funding.

This new facility comprises a term loan (with limited amortisation) and a revolving credit facility with margin and covenants favourable against the previous facility.

Nick Gresham, Chief Financial Officer, said: “We are delighted by the strong support from our banking syndicate, which provides the Group with the financing we need to underpin Smiths News growth strategy for an extended maturity, on competitive terms.”

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