Spanish Fund for Supporting Strategic Companies Approves €34.5 Million Financing
LONDON, Feb. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Spanish Fund for supporting strategic companies, on a proposal of Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (“SEPI”), a Spanish state-owned industrial holding company affiliated with the Ministry of Finance and Administration, has approved €34.5 million in loans to Spanish companies Grupo Ferroatlántica, S.A.U. and Grupo Ferroátlantica de Servicios, S.A.U. (together, the “Beneficiaries”), wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company. In the coming days it will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for authorisation. These loans are part of the SEPI fund intended to provide assistance to non-financial companies operating in strategically important sectors within Spain in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The €34.5M has been funded using a dual-tranche loan, with €17.25M maturing in February 2025 and €17.25M maturing in June 2025. €16.9M of the loan carries a fixed interest rate of 2% per annum, and interest on the remaining €17.6M is calculated as IBOR plus a spread of 2.5% in the first year, 3.5% in the second and third years and 5.0% in the fourth year, plus an additional 1.0% payable if the result before taxes of the Beneficiaries is positive. The loans are guaranteed by the Company and certain of its subsidiaries. Funding of the loans is expected around the end of the first quarter 2022.
Beatriz García-Cos, Ferroglobe’s Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We thank SEPI and the Spanish Government for recognizing the strategic importance of the critical products we produce and the socio-economic impact of our operations throughout Spain in their decision to grant this loan. This funding will help drive important initiatives aimed at bolstering the competitiveness of our asset portfolio in Spain as we and the country recover from the pandemic.”
Ferroglobe PLC is one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon metal, silicon- and manganese- based specialty alloys and ferroalloys, serving a customer base across the globe in dynamic and fast-growing end markets, such as solar, electronics, automotive, consumer products, construction and energy. The Company is based in London. For more information, visit http://investor.ferroglobe.com.
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