ATCHISON, Kan., August 24, 2017 - MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq:MGPI), a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, today announced it has successfully completed a new $150 million revolving credit facility agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo”) and entered into a $20 million term loan agreement with Prudential Capital Group, increasing the Company’s available borrowing limit by $80 million to a total of approximately $135 million.
“Our strong financial performance and favorable market conditions have enabled us to more than double our availability to funds with improved terms under these new agreements,” said Gus Griffin, president and CEO of MGP. “We are very pleased that the new credit facility and fixed-rate term loan will provide MGP with additional flexibility to support our long-term growth initiatives and enhance shareholder value. We appreciate the continued trust and commitment of our lenders as we look to build an even stronger company moving forward.”
The new revolving credit facility with Wells Fargo expands MGP’s borrowing availability by $60 million and extends the maturity date to August 23, 2022.
The Prudential Capital Group term loan of $20 million will bear interest at a fixed rate of 3.53% per year for 10 years beginning August 23, 2017. In addition to an increased borrowing capacity, the Company will also have the right to request additional loans from Prudential Capital Group up to $55 million.
About MGP Ingredients, Inc.
MGP is a leading producer and supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. Distilled spirits include premium bourbon and rye whiskeys, gins and vodkas, which are carefully crafted through a combination of art and science and backed by over 150 years of experience. The Company’s proteins and starches are created in the same manner and provide a host of functional, nutritional and sensory benefits for a wide range of food products. MGP additionally is a producer of high quality industrial alcohol for use in both food and non-food applications. The Company is headquartered in Atchison, Kansas, where distilled alcohol products and food ingredients are produced. Premium spirits are also distilled and matured at the Company facility in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For more information, visit mgpingredients.com.
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