TORONTO, April 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today announced it has received a commitment letter from Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada ("Wells Fargo Capital Finance"), part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), pursuant to which Wells Fargo Capital Finance has agreed to expand its senior secured credit facility to up to $110 million, replacing its previous $75 million facility. The facility expansion will include the participation of Export Development Canada (EDC) for $55 million. Upon execution of definitive documents, the amended credit facility will consist of up to a $60 million revolving term loan with no scheduled repayments and up to a $50 million asset-based revolving loan.
Subject to completion, the amended credit facility will mature on October 31, 2015. The previous credit facility was to mature in October of 2013. Consistent with the Company's strong credit statistics, borrowings under the credit facility will bear interest at the reduced spread of 2.00% above LIBOR, versus previous interest rates of LIBOR plus 3.75% and 2.75% for the former term loan and revolving asset-based loan, respectively.
"Upon completion, this newly expanded and extended credit agreement reflects the positive growth trends in our Company, and we are pleased to continue our strong relationship with Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Export Development Canada," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO IMAX Corporation. "This larger facility, coupled with the strong cash-generating nature of our business, will be used for general corporate purposes, as well as allow us to pursue our strategic initiatives and the continued global expansion of our Company."
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX theaters deliver the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX 3D®, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo and Shanghai. As of March 31, 2011, there were 528 IMAX theatres (408 commercial, 120 institutional) operating in 46 countries.
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About Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Wells Fargo Capital Finance is the trade name for certain asset-based lending, accounts receivable and purchase order finance services of Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiaries, and provides traditional asset-based lending, specialized senior secured financing, accounts receivable financing and purchase order financing to companies across the United States and Canada. Dedicated teams within Wells Fargo Capital Finance provide financing solutions for companies in specific industries such as retail, software publishing and high-technology, commercial finance, staffing, government contracting, timeshare development and others. For more information, visit wellsfargocapitalfinance.com
This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions, including the length and severity of the current economic downturn, the opportunities that may be presented to and pursued by the Company, competitive actions by other companies, the performance of IMAX DMR films, conditions in the in-home and out-of home entertainment industries, the signing of theatre system agreements, changes in law or regulations, conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry, the failure to convert theatre system backlog into revenue, new business initiatives, investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions and any future international expansion, foreign currency fluctuations and the Company's prior restatements and the related litigation and investigation by the SEC and the ongoing inquiry by the OSC. These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
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