CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. announced today the expansion of its multi-draw term credit facility, increasing the maximum availability of funds by $90 million from $275 million to $365 million. The increase in available funds from CoBank, ACB and AgFirst Farm Credit Bank provides ready capital for CatchMark to pursue acquisitions of high quality timberlands to support long-term growth in shareholder value and cash available for distribution.
CatchMark's total credit facility increases to approximately $500 million as a result of the refinancing, which includes an unfunded $35 million revolving line of credit and a $100 million term loan. Currently $85 million is outstanding under the multi-draw term facility. During the fourth quarter to date, CatchMark completed two acquisitions in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, totaling approximately 25,200 acres for $46.9 million, including transaction costs. The acquisitions added 1.2 million tons to its merchantable timber inventory, comprised of 86% pine plantations by acreage and 46% sawtimber by tons.
Jerry Barag, President and CEO of CatchMark, said: "The increase in the facility positively demonstrates our strong underlying asset values and augments our credit capacity to take advantage of transactions to expand our holdings of well stocked timberlands for growing sustainable harvest volumes and timber sales revenues."
Headquartered in Atlanta, CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed publicly traded REIT that began operations in 2007 and owns interests in approximately 404,500 acres* of timberland located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. Listed on the NYSE (CTT), CatchMark provides institutions and individuals an opportunity to invest in a public company focused exclusively on timberland ownership with an objective of producing stockholder returns from sustainably recurring harvests. For more information, visit www.catchmark.com. From time to time, CatchMark releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found in the "Investors Relations" section of www.catchmark.com.
* As of September 30, 2015.
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