Harsco Completes $250 Million Bond Refinancing

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) announced today it has successfully completed a bond offering of 2.700 percent, 5-year senior notes totaling $250 million. The notes were rated A- by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings and Baa1 by Moody's Investors Service. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and RBS Securities Inc. acted as joint book-running managers, and ING Financial Markets LLC, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., Mizuho Securities USA Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC acted as co-managers.

"This successful and over-subscribed transaction capitalizes on the current interest rate environment for investment-grade corporate notes to reduce our annual interest expense by approximately $12 million," said Harsco Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Stephen J. Schnoor.  

The proceeds from the offering will be used primarily to repay in part a 7.25 percent, British pound sterling-denominated note totaling £200 million (approximately $310 million) coming due on October 27, 2010, as well as certain amounts outstanding under Harsco's U.S. and European commercial paper programs. 

Harsco Corporation is one of the world's leading diversified industrial services and engineered products companies, serving key industries that play a fundamental role in worldwide economic growth. Harsco's common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index. Additional information can be found at  www.harsco.com.

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CONTACT: Harsco Corporation Investor Contact Eugene M. Truett 717.975.5677 etruett@harsco.com Media Contact Kenneth D. Julian 717.730.3683 kjulian@harsco.com