TORONTO, June 6, 2012 - GE Capital, Corporate Finance today announced that it co-led $265 million in revolving and term loan credit facilities for Clearwater Seafoods (TSX: CLR, CLR.DB.B, CLR.DB.A). The facilities will be used to refinance Clearwater's existing debt and support growth. GE Capital Markets structured the loans and served as joint lead arranger of the credit facilities.
Founded in 1976, Clearwater is one of North America's largest vertically integrated seafood companies.
"We appreciate having a financial provider with all of the human and capital resources of GE Capital," said Ian Smith, chief executive officer of Clearwater.
"We're very pleased to be able to expand our long relationship with Clearwater as they continue to build their business," said Ellis Gaston, managing director, GE Capital, Corporate Finance, Canada. "Our domain expertise across North America in the food industry, our capital markets capabilities and our significant share of the entire facility, assisted Clearwater in successfully executing this transaction."
Clearwater is one of North America's largest vertically integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. It is recognized globally for its superior quality, food safety, diversity of species and reliable worldwide delivery of premium wild, eco-certified seafood, including scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimp, crab and groundfish.
Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has invested in science, people and technological innovation as well as resource ownership and management to sustain and grow its seafood resource. This commitment has allowed it to remain a leader in the global seafood market and in sustainable seafood excellence.
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