Santos Santos (ASX:STO) today announced it has amended and extended its two syndicated bank loan facilities totalling US$1.25 billion.
The facilities comprise a US$250 million fully-revolving loan maturing in August 2025 and a US$1 billion fully-revolving loan maturing in February 2028. The loans bear a floating interest rate over the Secured Overnight Funding Rate (SOFR) with a margin that references Santos’ external credit rating, currently 1.3% per year for the 3-year facility and 1.5% per year for the 5.5-year facility.
“The facilities received strong support from Santos’ existing syndicated banking relationships and proceeds will be used initially to refinance existing drawn bank loans maturing in 2024 and 2026, and thereafter for general corporate purposes,” said Santos.
Following refinancing of the existing facilities, Santos will have no significant debt maturities until 2027, excluding PNG LNG project finance which is serviced directly from project cash flows, added the company.
Santos Chief Financial Officer Anthea McKinnell said the syndicated facilities were consistent with the company’s strategy of securing flexible and competitively priced funding.
“This is an excellent result for Santos, showing strong support from our bank lenders and demonstrates our ability to access bank debt at competitive terms,” Ms McKinnell said.
“The facilities are fully-revolving, which provides significant flexibility and lower borrowing costs when not drawn.
“With these facilities in place, we now have no significant corporate debt maturities until 2027.”