Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) – New Credit Facility Provides Flexibility and Optionality

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Thursday, May 02, 2024

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. In addition, Great Lakes is fully engaged in expanding its core business into the rapidly developing offshore wind energy industry. The Company has a long history of performing significant international projects. The Company employs experienced civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions. In its over 131-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Great Lakes owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of approximately 200 specialized vessels. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers that ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. The Company’s Incident-and Injury-Free® (IIF®) safety management program is integrated into all aspects of the Company’s culture. The Company’s commitment to the IIF® culture promotes a work environment where employee safety is paramount.

Joe Gomes, Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, Generalist , Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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New Credit Agreement. Last week, Great Lakes entered into an $150 million 5-year, senior secured second-lien credit agreement with Guggenheim Credit Funding, LLC. The new agreement provides the Company with flexibility to fund its new vessel build out program as well as optionality on borrowing, although the interest rate is higher than the existing debt.

Use of Funds. The Company borrowed $100 million under the agreement on the closing date, which was used to repay amounts outstanding under the existing ABL. Great Lakes has the option to draw an additional $50 million for a period of 12 months following the closing date of the initial loan. The optional $50 million, if drawn, will be used to fund future new build payments, ongoing working capital, and other general corporate purposes.

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