VTG concludes refinancing with considerably improved terms
Hamburg, 11. January 2016
“The new financing structure allows us to benefit from the current low level of interest rates, while consolidating and standardizing the credit structures of both VTG and the acquired AAE Group,” explained Mark Stevenson, member of the Executive Board responsible for Treasury, Financing and Taxes and added: “This represents an important step towards attaining the medium-term financial targets we have set for 2018.”
In the course of refinancing the EUR 1.2 billion, VTG worked with a consortium of twelve international banks. VTG has long-standing business relations with the two institutions which are managing the syndicate, namely KfW IPEX-Bank and UniCredit, whose structuring expertise allowed them to implement the complex financing process in cooperation with the other banks and investors.
VTG’s new financing arrangement comprises two principle elements, namely a credit line of EUR 500 million with a seven-year term and a further credit line of EUR 400 million with a term of up to five years, both lines financed by a single syndicate of banks. These credit lines replace the majority of the Group’s previous financings. In addition, a credit line of EUR 300 million with a three-year term, also financed through the bank consortium, ensures VTG flexibility for future growth.
Through its refinancing VTG is able to make annual savings of EUR 10 million. One-off extraordinary expenses amounting to EUR 7.0 million will be reflected in the consolidated financial statements for the 2015 financial year.
“Acquiring AAE has not only enabled our fleet to expand considerably, but it has also substantially broadened our funding framework”, said Dr. Heiko Fischer, CEO of VTG Aktiengesellschaft, commenting on the transaction. “The new financing agreement gives us a foundation for increasing profitability and, in turn, achieving our financial objectives”, he added.
VTG Aktiengesellschaft is one of Europe’s leading wagon hire and rail logistics companies, with a fleet consisting of more than 80,000 railcars. VTG offers a full-range service, providing tank cars, intermodal wagons, standard freight wagons and sliding wall wagons. In addition to the hiring of wagons, the Group offers comprehensive multi-modal logistics services, mainly around rail transport, and global tank container transports.
With the combination of its three interlinked divisions Railcar, Rail Logistics and Tank Container Logistics, VTG offers its customers a high-performance platform for international transport of their freight. The Group has many years of experience and specific expertise, in particular in the transport of liquid and sensitive goods. Its customers include numerous well-known companies from almost every industrial sector, for example the chemical, petroleum, automotive, paper and agricultural industries.
For the financial year 2015, VTG expects to achieve Group revenue of between EUR 1 and 1,1 billion and operating profit (EBITDA) of between EUR 325 und 350 million. Via its subsidiaries and affiliates the company, which has its head office in Hamburg, is mainly present in Europe, Asia, Russia and North America. As at 30 September 2015, VTG had 1,444 employees worldwide in consolidated companies. Since June 2007, VTG AG has been listed on the official Prime Standard market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and also on the SDAX (WKN: VTG999).