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Graybar Closes $750 Million Financing Deal

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Graybar Closes $750 Million Financing Deal

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ST. LOUIS, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that it has completed the amendment and extension of its unsecured revolving credit facility. The amendment, among other things, extended the company's five-year revolving credit facility, increased the availability to $750 million and increased the accordion feature to $375 million. The new facility matures in August 2023 and will support Graybar's general working capital needs as well as its growth initiatives.

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services.

"This financing agreement gives Graybar additional flexibility to invest in innovation and accelerate our growth," said Graybar's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Randy Harwood. "We remain committed to serving our customers and managing our business wisely as we pursue strategic opportunities that will transform our company for the future."

Bank of America Merrill Lynch was the lead institution in the transaction, serving as the left lead arranger and sole bookrunner. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC, U.S. Bank National Association, BMO Capital Markets Corp., and Fifth Third Bank acted as joint lead arrangers. Regions Bank, Branch Banking and Trust Company, Commerce Bank, and Comerica Bank also participated in the transaction.

In connection with the amendment, Graybar also amended each of its uncommitted $100 million private placement shelf agreements to conform those agreements to specified changes in the amended credit agreement, and to extend the issuance period under one of the shelf agreements from September 2019 to August 2021.

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of nearly 290 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR. 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this news release that use such words as "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "contemplate," "estimate," "plan," "project," "should," "may," "will," or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. They are subject to a number of factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from what is indicated here. Factors which could have a material adverse impact on the company's operations and future prospects on a consolidated basis include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, particularly in the residential, commercial, and industrial building construction industries, volatility in the prices of industrial commodities, a sustained interruption in the operation of the company's information systems, cyber-attacks, increased funding requirements and expenses related to the company's pension plan, disruptions in the company's sources of supply, limitations on the company's ability to borrow under its existing credit facilities or any replacements thereof, adverse legal proceedings or other claims, compliance with increasing governmental regulations, and the inability, or limitations on the company's ability, to raise debt or equity capital, and other risks and uncertainties described in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  These uncertainties may cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in any forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements. Please see the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings for more information.

Contact: Tim Sommer, 314-578-7672

 

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