Gevo closes Whitebox debt exchange

Gevo closes Whitebox debt exchange

9:41 AM, 21st June 2017
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ENGLEWOOD, US: Gevo Inc said that WB Gevo Ltd (Whitebox), the holder of the company’s issued and outstanding senior secured convertible notes, due 23 June 2017 exchanged all $16.5 million of the existing 2017 notes for $16.5 million of the company’s newly created 12.0 percent convertible senior secured notes due 15 March 2020.

The 2020 notes are convertible, at the option of the holders, into shares of the company’s common stock. The 2020 notes will have an initial conversion price equal to $0.7359 per share.

Upon completion of certain equity issuances by the company, the holders will have a one-time right to reset the conversion price:

(i)       in the first 90 days following the Exchange, at a 25 percent premium to the common stock price in the equity issuance and

(ii)      after 90 and within 180 days following the Exchange, at a 35 percent premium to the common stock share price in the equity issuance.

“This exchange is a significant milestone for Gevo. With a new maturity date for our senior debt in March 2020, we can focus on executing our key strategic initiatives, without the distraction of near-term liquidity concerns. We ended last quarter with over $20 million of cash on our balance sheet, and we expect that this will be sufficient to fund Gevo into 2018 without any additional financings,” said Dr Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s CEO.

“Our improved balance sheet should play an important role in our negotiations of supply agreements for our core jet fuel, renewable gasoline and isobutanol products. Gevo’s improved financial condition is important to customers, as it provides better certainty that Gevo will produce and deliver its products to them in the future,” added Gruber.

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