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The Eastern Company Announces New $90 Million 5-Year Credit Facility

SHELTON, CT / ACCESSWIRE / June 20, 2023 / The Eastern Company (the "Company") (NASDAQ:EML), an industrial manufacturer of unique engineered solutions serving commercial transportation, logistics, and other industrial markets, today announced the establishment of a new $90 million 5-year senior secured credit facility. The new facility replaces the existing facility, which would have expired in August 2024.

Terms of the facility include a $60 million senior term loan, a $30 million revolving facility, and an option to borrow an additional $75 million under certain circumstances. The facility pricing is grid based, with an initial interest rate for borrowings under the facility of SOFR plus 237.5 basis points. In addition to retiring our existing facility, we intend to use the proceeds from the new credit facility to fund working capital and potential acquisitions.

"The successful syndication of this bank facility and the expansion of our lender group is a vote of confidence in our operations and provides capacity to support our growth objectives," said Mark Hernandez, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "The new facility provides us with increased flexibility and will allow us to continue to drive improvements across the Company, execute our growth strategy and increase shareholder value."

The Company used approximately $60 million of borrowings under the new credit facility to retire approximately $59 million of term loan debt outstanding in its prior credit facility and pay expenses associated with the new credit facility. As a result, in the second quarter of 2023, the Company expects to record a non-cash, after-tax charge of approximately $0.1 million or $0.01 per share in deferred debt issuance costs associated with the early termination of the facility that was replaced. After-tax cash interest increases from the new credit facility, assuming an average borrowing of $59 million, will be approximately $0.2 million or $0.03 per share in fiscal 2023. As of June 16, 2023, the Company had approximately 6.2 million fully diluted shares outstanding. Additionally, the Company terminated its August 30, 2019 interest rate swap agreement and received approximately $1.6 million.

The lead arranger for the transaction was TD Bank. Other lenders are Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, and M&T Bank. For further information, please see the Company's Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission dated June 16, 2023.

About The Eastern Company

The Eastern Company manages industrial businesses that design, manufacture and sell unique engineered solutions to markets. Eastern's businesses operate in industries that offer long-term macroeconomic growth opportunities. The Company operates from locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Taiwan, and China. More information on the Company can be found at

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Investor Relations Contacts

The Eastern Company
Mark Hernandez or Nicholas Vlahos

SOURCE: The Eastern Company

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