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Contura completes refinancing through US$561.8 million term loan credit facility

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Contura Energy, Inc., a leading US coal supplier, has announced the completion of its refinancing process through a previously disclosed five year, US$561.8 million senior secured term loan facility. The new facility offers Contura more flexibility to return capital to shareholders by allowing for unlimited restricted payments while the company's total leverage ratio is 3.0x or less and there is no default.

The interest rate for the new term loan facility is LIBOR plus 700 basis points (bps) for the first two years after closing, increasing to LIBOR plus 800 bps thereafter, with a LIBOR floor of 2.00%.

Proceeds from the transaction will be used to repay all outstanding amounts under the company's amended and restated credit agreement entered into on 9 November 2018 and to pay related fees, costs and expenses associated with the new term loan facility.

Contura's board of directors also recently adopted a capital return program that permits the company to return to stockholders up to an aggregate amount of US$250 million of capital. The capital return program does not have a fixed expiration date, and returns of capital may take the form of share repurchases, dividends or a combination thereof. Any share repurchases may be made from time to time through open market transactions, block trades, privately negotiated transactions, tender offers, or otherwise. Any returns of capital under the programme will be at the discretion of the board and are subject to market and business conditions, levels of available liquidity, the company's cash needs, restrictions under agreements or obligations, legal or regulatory requirements or restrictions, and other relevant factors.

Cantor Fitzgerald Securities is acting as administrative agent and collateral agent for the new term loan facility.

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