Issue: Jun 2006


Visteon Closes on New Seven-Year Secured Term Loan of $800 Million



by John Larkin

Visteon Corporation has closed on a new seven-year secured term loan of $800 million.

Most of the proceeds from the loan were used to repay amounts outstanding under the company's existing credit facilities that were scheduled to expire in June 2007, including a $350 million 18-month term loan and a $241 million delayed draw term loan.

Additionally, Visteon repaid $50 million of borrowings under the company's $771 million multi-year secured revolving credit facility and reduced the amount available under that facility to $500 million. Visteon expects to eliminate the multi-year revolver upon completion of new U.S. and European five-year revolving credit facilities. The company has received commitments for these facilities totaling $700 million from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and expects to complete the transactions over the next several weeks.

"We are following through on our plan to refinance on a longer term basis all of our near-term credit facilities that expire in June 2007," said James F. Palmer, Visteon executive vice president and chief financial officer. "This is an important step in Visteon's three-year improvement plan."

Visteon Corporation is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Kerpen, Germany; the company has more than 170 facilities in 24 countries and employs approximately 50,000 people.


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