US$10.5 Million Amended Senior Secured Credit Facility Increases Liquidity to Fund Organic Growth and Address Near-Term Debt Maturities, Representing Key Non-Dilutive Financing Milestone in Strategic Turnaround
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA / ACCESSWIRE / March 12, 2020 / Naked Brand Group Limited (Nasdaq:NAKD) (“Naked” or the “Company”), a global leader in intimate apparel and swimwear, has entered into a new, amended two-year credit facility agreement with its existing primary lender, The Bank of New Zealand (“BNZ”).
The terms of the new, amended agreement call for rolling the Company’s existing loan with BNZ into a new US$10.5 million senior secured credit facility, with a US$4.4 million amortization schedule, a 3.00% establishment fee and an annual line fee of 2.00% per annum on the facility limit. The new agreement is an amendment of a two-year facility originating in June 2016 and ending June 2019.
“We are pleased to announce this amended credit facility with the Bank of New Zealand, who has been a strong financial partner to Naked since 2016,” said Anna Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Naked Brand Group. “This amended credit facility brings a new level of stability to the Company as we move through the final phases in our strategic turnaround plans – fortifying our balance sheet with the optionality of non-dilutive liquidity.
“Additionally, we have already amortized this loan down by US$2.1 million in just the last three months, an important, very exciting positive data point that supports the success of our strategic turnaround efforts. We sincerely appreciate the Bank of New Zealand’s continued financial support as we position the Company to achieve cash-flow breakeven operations and look forward to a long-term banking partnership,” concluded Johnson.
The Company’s brands include its flagship Bendon brand, as well as Fayreform, Pleasure State, Hickory, Lovable, Bendon Man, Davenport and the licensed Frederick’s of Hollywood brand. The Company sells these brands at 60 Bendon stores in Australia and New Zealand or online at www.bendonlingerie.com, as well as across multiple wholesale customers, distributors and ecommerce portals globally.
About Naked Brand Group Limited:
Naked Brand Group Limited (NASDAQ: NAKD) is a leading intimate apparel and swimwear company with a diverse portfolio of brands. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of 8 company-owned and licensed brands, catering to a broad cross-section of consumers and market segments. Brands include Bendon, Bendon Man, Davenport, Fayreform, Hickory, Lovable, Pleasure State and Fredericks of Hollywood. For more information please visit www.nakedbrands.com.
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