New ESG RCF and Financing Update - Drax

New ESG RCF and Financing Update

New Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Revolving Credit Facility (RCF)

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Drax Group PLC (Symbol: DRX)

Drax is pleased to announce that it has completed the refinancing of its revolving credit facility.

The new £300 million facility (“the Facility”) matures in 2025, with an option to extend by one year(1). The Facility replaces the current RCF which matures in 2021 and provides increased liquidity, enabling the full facility to be drawn as cash (the previous facility restricted cash drawn to support liquidity to £165 million). The Facility is currently undrawn for cash.

The Facility has a customary margin grid referenced over LIBOR, which reflects a small reduction in cost versus the current RCF and includes an embedded ESG component which adjusts the margin based on Drax’s carbon intensity measured against an annual benchmark.

Drax has also agreed a change to the Group’s £35 million term-loan facility, maturing in 2022, in order to simplify its capital structure. This facility will now rank as senior, previously super senior.

Drawing of previously agreed infrastructure facility

On 14 September 2020, Drax confirmed that it had agreed a new infrastructure term-loan agreement (the “Agreement”) that provided committed facilities of approximately £160 million with a range of maturities between 2024 and 2030(2). These facilities extended the Group’s maturity profile while also reducing the cost of debt. Drax has now drawn £28 million(2), with the balance to be drawn by February 2021.

The Agreement also included an option for a further £75 million. Under this option Drax has now agreed £53 million maturing in 2028, which will be drawn in December 2020.

Proceeds from Euro denominated bond issue and utilisation

On 4 November 2020, Drax issued €250 million of Euro denominated senior secured notes which mature in 2025. The effective Sterling-equivalent interest rate is 3.24% per annum.

The proceeds from this issuance, along with existing cash flows, are being used to redeem the Group’s £350 million 2022 Sterling bond and £125 million ESG term-loan facility.

The notes extend the Group’s debt maturity profile and reduce the overall cost of debt to approximately 3.7%.

Summary of Group debt structure at 19 November 2020

InstrumentMaturityDescription
Infrastructure facilities (2019)2024-2029£375m
Infrastructure facilities (Sept 2020)2024-2030approx.£160m (2) (£28m (2) drawn)
Infrastructure facilities (Nov 2020)2028£53m
Bonds2025$500m
Bonds2025€250m
RCF2025£300m (undrawn for cash)
Index-linked term-loan2022£35m

Enquiries:

Drax Investor Relations: Mark Strafford

+44 (0) 7730 763 949

Media:

Drax External Communications: Selina Williams

+44 (0) 7912 230 393

Website: www.drax.com

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  • (1) Subject to lender consent.
  • (2) Approximately £160m – €25 million in 2024, €70 million in 2026, £45 million in 2027 and €31.5 million (£28 million) in 2030. To date Drax has only drawn €31.5 million (£28 million) with the balance to be drawn by February 2021. Drax intends that foreign exchange hedging of Euro denominated proceeds will take place prior to the drawdown of funds.