Flowserve completes $1 billion debt refinancing

Deal redeems senior subordinated notes and reduces interest expense. Pump, seals and valve systems maker also announces $10 million in charges related to CEO transition and certain stock compensation actions...

DALLAS, Aug. 16, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Flowserve Corp. reported that it completed on Aug. 12 its previously announced $1 billion refinancing of its high yield notes, Term A and Term C loans, and consolidation of its revolving credit and backup liquidity facilities. The company also announced it will redeem all of its 12.25% Senior Subordinated Notes with face amounts of $188.5 million and EUR 65 million. The company said that it currently expects to save more than $20 million of interest expense annually through these actions. Separately, the company said it will incur about $10 million of expenses in 2005, including about $6.5 million in non-cash stock compensation expense, related to the chief executive officer transition and certain stock compensation actions.

"We are extremely pleased to complete this refinancing and take the next step in significantly strengthening our capital structure," said Chief Financial Officer Mark A. Blinn. "By refinancing at more favorable rates, including replacing the 12.25% coupon rate under the senior subordinated notes, we expect to substantially reduce our cash interest expense and other bank-related fees. In addition, the less restrictive lending covenants provide us with considerably more flexibility in our capital structure, including the ability to better utilize our cash flow. As we have in the past, we will continue to manage interest rate risk in connection with this new financing. Bottom line, we currently expect to save more than $20 million of interest expense annually over the current interest rate structure."

A new $600 million 7-year Term B loan, with an initial interest rate equal to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 175 basis points, replaces the $322 million of outstanding Term A and Term C loans, which had an effective interest rate equal to LIBOR plus 248 basis points as of June 30. A portion of the proceeds also will be used to redeem both tranches of the company's outstanding 12.25% Senior Subordinated Notes with face values of $188.5 million and EUR 65 million, respectively. Also, a new $400 million 5-year revolving credit facility, having an initial interest rate of LIBOR plus 175 basis points, replaces a $300 million revolving credit facility with the same interest rate as of June 30, as well as $89.3 million of backup liquidity facilities. The refinancing transaction was led by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch & Co.

On Sept. 12, the company will redeem its 12.25% Senior Subordinated Notes due Aug. 15, 2010. Note holders will receive $1,061.25 per $1,000 principal amount held, plus accrued interest to the redemption date. Notice of redemption was delivered on Aug. 12, 2005, as required under the respective indentures. The company expects to incur a loss on the redemption of the notes and the refinancing, which will take into consideration cash payments of $16 million for the redemption premium and approximately $10 million for financing-related fees, as well as non-cash amounts totaling approximately $8 million currently on its balance sheet reflecting original issue discounts and capitalized costs related to the debt facilities that were refinanced and notes that will be redeemed. The ultimate amount of the loss depends on the amount of financing fees and expenses that may be capitalized as debt issue costs rather than expensed, and depends upon the final syndication of the banks.

Separately, the company announced it expects to record CEO transition-related and certain stock compensation expenses in 2005 totaling about $10 million, primarily related to severance, executive search, previously reported management retention bonuses under the company's Transition Security Plan, and stock compensation resulting from the modification of certain existing restricted stock and stock option grants.

Until the company becomes current with all of its financial statement filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and formally registers shares under option programs, the company, as provided under its stock compensation plans, has precluded stock option holders from exercising any options. With respect to existing employees and certain retirees, the company extended through Dec. 31, 2006, all options previously scheduled to expire during 2005. Under accounting rules, the modification of an existing stock option triggers a remeasurement of the original grant to recognize as additional non-cash compensation expense the difference between the option strike price and the fair value of the underlying stock at modification date for all modified options.

Approximately $6.5 million of the approximately $10 million charge attributable to the CEO transition and certain stock compensation noted above reflects a non-cash charge related to this additional non-cash compensation expense, including about $5.5 million arising from the departure of the former CEO. The company may find it appropriate or necessary to further modify options during this suspension period to provide similar extended exercise periods to affected option holders, resulting in additional non-cash compensation expense that could be material to the company's results of operations.

Flowserve Corp. (www.flowserve.com) is one of the world's leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in 56 countries, the company produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services.

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