Gerald Group (“Gerald“), the world’s largest independent and employee-owned metals trading house is pleased to announce the successful refinancing of Gerald’s North American trading hub GT Commodities LLC’s (“GTC”) Borrowing Base Facility (“BBF”) closed at US$450 million.
ING Capital LLC (“ING”) acted as Lead Lender and Administrative Agent for the refinancing of GTC’s current secured financing facility, with Rabobank and HSBC as Joint Lead Arrangers (JLAs). Other members of the club deal included Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Bank of China, Raiffeisen Bank International and UniCredit. GTC’s BBF, which launched at US$300 million received record subscriptions of US$495 million from existing and new lenders, and after scaling back closed at US$450 million. The financial flexibility that the BBF provides GTC, will continue to support Gerald’s North American activities.
“Notwithstanding the continued disruption and volatility in global supply chains, Gerald Group continues to demonstrate being a stable partner across the supply chain. The Group remains focused on sustainable growth and playing a vital role in the energy transition journey towards a better future. The oversubscription and favourable pricing achieved in the refinancing shows clear confidence from commodity lenders in Gerald’s businesses. We truly appreciate the strong relationships we have with our existing banking group, and welcome the addition of three new participants to the credit facility,” said Mital Patel, Gerald Group’s Global Head of Finance & Banking.
“ING is pleased to partner again with Gerald Group for the success of this transaction and the high demand generated from the market, which is a testament to the strength of the company’s business, both globally and regionally,” said Matthew Rosetti, Head of ING’s Commodity Finance team in North America. “Given the significant increase of metal prices over the past 12 months, this facility increase and timely closing will enable them to continue on their growth trajectory in the North American region and execute on their strong positioning in the diversified metals space.”