Matson Planned Separation on Track
Matson finalizes post-separation financing arrangements, maintains strong balance sheet as a stand-alone company
Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, successor by merger to Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc. ("Matson Navigation"), has entered into a series of debt financing agreements undertaken on behalf of Matson, Inc. ("Matson") as part of the previously announced plan to separate the Company's transportation and land businesses into two publicly traded companies.
"We are pleased to announce that we have secured these important debt financing agreements, which mark an important step toward the establishment of Matson as a stand-alone company," said Matt Cox, president of Matson Navigation. "As an independent company, Matson will be well capitalized, with a strong balance sheet and credit profile, thereby providing stability and the financial flexibility to pursue future growth opportunities."
"Matson has achieved successful long-term debt financing agreements at a time when long-term rates are near historic lows," said Joel Wine, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. and senior vice president and chief financial officer of Matson Navigation.
"With the exception of the existing Title XI debt, Matson's debt structure will be unsecured and all long-term debt will be amortizing, which will allow Matson to avoid large bullet debt maturities. Additionally, the new revolving credit facility will enhance Matson's liquidity profile and provide financial resources to continue to fund our future operational and growth initiatives."