CHICAGO – July 22, 2020 – Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE: RYI) announced today that Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary (“JT Ryerson”), has completed its previously announced offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 (the “2028 Notes”) in a private offering to persons reasonably believed to be “qualified institutional buyers,” as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and non-U.S. persons outside the United States under Regulation S under the Securities Act.
The 2028 Notes were priced to investors at 100% of their principal amount and will mature on August 1, 2028. JT Ryerson’s obligations under the 2028 Notes will be guaranteed by the Company as well as certain subsidiaries of the Company. The 2028 Notes and the related guarantees will be secured by a first-priority security interest in substantially all of JT Ryerson’s and each guarantor’s present and future assets located in the United States (other than receivables, inventory, money, deposit accounts and related general intangibles, certain other assets and proceeds thereof), subject to certain exceptions and customary permitted liens. The 2028 Notes and the related guarantees will also be secured on a second-priority basis by a lien on the assets that secure JT Ryerson’s and the Company’s obligations under their senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility.
In addition, today, an irrevocable notice of redemption was distributed to holders of JT Ryerson’s 11.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (the “2022 Notes”). The redemption of the outstanding aggregate principal amount of all of the 2022 Notes is scheduled to occur on August 21, 2020. Also, today JT Ryerson satisfied and discharged the indenture governing the 2022 Notes.
Eddie Lehner, Ryerson’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I want to thank my Ryerson colleagues and our Board of Directors for the outstanding job done in bringing this Notes offering to completion. This refinancing recognizes and illuminates the vast progress Ryerson has made as an organization since our last bond refinancing in 2016. The coupon, tenor, and other terms of these notes further provides a path for Ryerson to strengthen the balance sheet and build enterprise value in the coming years. As we all work together to overcome the difficult challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to being with you on the other side in good health and in shared prosperity.”
Molly Kannan, Ryerson’s Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, added, “We are very pleased that in addition to lowering our coupon by 250 basis points and decreasing our expected annual cash interest expense by approximately $16 million, the 8-year tenor coupled with the other terms contained in the bond indenture greatly enhance our liquidity profile and provide significant deleveraging opportunities to Ryerson.”
The 2028 Notes are not registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold except pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This press release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.
Ryerson is a leading value-added processor and distributor of industrial metals, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. Founded in 1842, Ryerson has around 3,900 employees in approximately 100 locations. Visit Ryerson at www.ryerson.com.
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