Vancouver, BC, July 14, 2011--(T-Net)--Avcorp Industries Inc. announced that it has completed the drawdown of a principal amount of $6,000,000 (the "Term Loan") pursuant to its secured term loan agreement with Panta III B.V. ("Panta") a wholly-owned subsidiary of Panta Holdings B.V., a private investment vehicle, the principal of which is Mr. Jaap Rosen Jacobson, a director and controlling shareholder of Panta and a director of the Company.
The Term Loan is secured by the assets of the Company however is subordinate to other pre-existing debt instruments. The proceeds of the Term Loan will provide the Company with further financial operational flexibility to carry out the Company's business plan, the proceeds to be used specifically for the reduction of the Company's operating facility.
As the conversion feature of the Term Loan was not approved by the Company's shareholders at its June 16, 2011 Annual Meeting, the interest rate under the Term Loan is 15% per annum.
As partial consideration for the Term Loan, the Company issued to Panta, 19,550,532 common share purchase warrants (the "Panta Warrants"), each Panta Warrant exercisable on or before January 1, 2015 with respect to one Common Share at an exercise price of Cdn.$0.0713 per Common Share.
Currently Panta beneficially owns or exercises control over 88,314,176 Common Shares of the Company (representing approximately 45.2% of the current issued and outstanding Common Shares) and also, through Panta Canada B.V., holds a $1,771,000 principal amount 6% secured convertible note, convertible for up to 29,516,666 Common Shares (which note received both TSX approval and shareholder approval at the Company's May 18, 2010 annual meeting) (the "Convertible Securities"). Assuming, the conversion of the Convertible Securities and the exercise of the Panta Warrants, Panta would then beneficially own or exercise control over 137,381,374 Common Shares (representing approximately 56.2% of the Common Shares outstanding after given effect to all such exercises and conversions).
Any securities issued in connection with the Panta Warrant will be subject to a restriction from resale for a period of four months and one day from the date of issue in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.
Extension of EDC Debenture
The Company has also entered into a First Amendment Waiver and Consent Agreement dated June 27, 2011 (the "EDC Amendment") with Export Development Canada ("EDC"). Pursuant to the EDC Amendment, the terms of the Amended and Restated Unsecured Convertible Debenture dated December 31, 2009 (the "EDC Debenture") have been amended such that the EDC Debenture now has a maturity date of March 31, 2016. There is no change to the interest rate of the EDC Debenture, and the conversion price with respect to the conversion of the EDC Debenture has been amended to $0.20 (the "Conversion Price Reduction"). In addition, beginning July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2012, the interest due on the EDC Debenture shall, as elected by EDC, be payable in common shares of the Company (the "Interest Conversion") at the 5-day volume weighted average trading price of the Company's common shares calculated retroactively from the final day of the fiscal quarter. EDC has also agreed to accept 6,488,790 common shares of the Company in lieu of and in full and complete discharge of all accrued interest on the EDC Debenture to June 30, 2011 (the "Debt Conversion").
The Conversion Price Reduction, the Interest Conversion and the Debt Conversion do not require shareholder approval, but are subject to TSX approval, which the Company is currently seeking.
The Company deems it to be in its best interest to complete the transactions relating to the EDC Amendment. No insiders of the Company are participating in these transactions.
Any securities issued in connection with the conversion of the EDC Debenture, the Interest Conversion and the Debt Conversion will be subject to a restriction from resale for a period of four months and one day from the date of issue in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.
Avcorp designs and builds major airframe structures for some of the world's leading aircraft companies, including Boeing, Bombardier, and Cessna. With more than 50 years of experience, approximately 565 skilled employees and 354,000 square feet of facilities, Avcorp offers integrated composite and metallic aircraft structures to aircraft manufacturers, a distinct advantage in the pursuit of contracts for new aircraft designs, which require lower-cost, light-weight, strong, reliable structures.
About Export Development Canada (EDC)
EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,200 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.
Certain statements in this release and other oral and written statements made by the Company from time to time are forward-looking statements, including those that discuss strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; or projected revenues, income, returns or other financial measures. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including the following: (a) the extent to which the Company is able to achieve savings from its restructuring plans; (b) uncertainty in estimating the amount and timing of restructuring charges and related costs; (c) changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact interest and foreign exchange rates; (d) the occurrence of work stoppages and strikes at key facilities of the Company or the Company's customers or suppliers; (e) government funding and program approvals affecting products being developed or sold under government programs; (f) cost and delivery performance under various program and development contracts; (g) the adequacy of cost estimates for various customer care programs including servicing warranties; (h) the ability to control costs and successful implementation of various cost reduction programs; (i) the timing of certifications of new aircraft products; (j) the occurrence of further downturns in customer markets to which the Company products are sold or supplied or where the Company offers financing; (k) changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; (l) the Company's ability to offset, through cost reductions, raw material price increases and pricing pressure brought by original equipment manufacturer customers; (m) the availability and cost of insurance; (n) the Company's ability to maintain portfolio credit quality; (o) the Company's access to debt financing at competitive rates; and (p) uncertainty in estimating contingent liabilities and establishing reserves tailored to address such contingencies.