PLAINVIEW, NY, December 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Veeco Instruments Inc. (âVeecoâ) (NASDAQ: VECO) today announced that it has entered into a senior secured revolving credit facility (the âFacilityâ). The facility allows the company to borrow up to $ 150 million over a 5-year term expiring in December 2026.
âWe are delighted to secure a $ 150 million facility at attractive interest rates,â commented John Kiernan, Chief Financial Officer of Veeco. âThe facility provides the Company with improved liquidity and financial flexibility to achieve our business objectives. “
The company does not intend to tap into the ease immediately. Interest expense under the Facility is variable based on the Company’s guaranteed net financial leverage ratio and is expected to bear interest on a SOFR basis plus a range of 150 to 225 basis points, if applicable. There is an annual commitment fee of 25 to 35 basis points, based on the guaranteed net leverage ratio of the company, charged on the unused portion of the Facility.
HSBC Bank USA, NA acts as administrative agent and guarantee agent. HSBC Bank, NA, as well as Barclays Bank PLC, Santander Bank, NA and Citibank, NA acted as principal arranger and associate bookrunner on the Facility with Silicon Valley Bank as additional lender.
Morrison & Foerster LLP acted as counsel to Veeco.
Veeco (NASDAQ: VECO) is an innovative manufacturer of semiconductor processing equipment. Our proven ion beam, laser annealing, lithography, MOCVD, and unique wafer etching and cleaning technologies play a critical role in the manufacturing and packaging of advanced semiconductor devices. With equipment designed to optimize performance, efficiency and cost of ownership, Veeco holds leading technological positions in the markets we serve. To learn more about Veeco’s systems and service offerings, visit www.veeco.com.
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