CHANGZHOU, CHINA: Trina Solar Ltd (TSL), a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, has obtained a five-year syndicated loan facility to support its East Campus capacity expansion project.
The size of the loan facility is approximately $304 million, and the loan is denominated in both US dollars and Renminbi. The loan bears a floating interest rate consisting of a premium over LIBOR and the basic rate of the People's Bank of China for the respective US dollar and Renminbi portions of the loan.
The lenders consist of a syndicate of five domestic banks led by the Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China, and the loan will be used to finance the Company's 500 MW capacity expansion project to be completed over the next three years.
The first drawdown is expected to occur in September 2009 in accordance with the schedule agreed upon with the lenders. The loan proceeds will be used to fund the Company's capital expenditure targets for the second half of 2009 and will also be immediately used to repay related outstanding loans of approximately $80 million due on June 30, 2010.
"We are very pleased to finalize this important financing to drive this next important phase of our company's advancement," said Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar. "The syndicated loan facility combined with the proceeds from our recent follow-on offering will allow us to improve our long-term capital resources as we carry out our market-driven expansion plan and elevate our manufacturing technology platform."