TOKYO, Oct 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; TSE:4004) hereby announces that it made an early repayment of JPY 24 billion that it raised in a subordinated loan (the "Subordinated Loan") on April 3, 2014.
1. Background and Objective of the Early Repayment
The Subordinated Loan, with a 75% equity credit acknowledged by Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd., has contributed to improvement of SDK's financial strength.
Since the financing through the Subordinated Loan, SDK has advanced structural reform and expanded its individualized businesses, resulting in stronger business foundation and higher profitability, and also achieved financial level targeted in its medium-term business plan. These accomplishments led to SDK's conclusion that it has completed the important task of enhancing its financial standing with the Subordinated Loan.
SDK made an early repayment of the JPY 24 billion in the Subordinated Loan, with the consent of all the lenders, based on its judgment that the early repayment reduces financial costs and makes its financial strategy more flexible, which will increase shareholder value.
2. Details of the Early Repayment
1) Date: October 3, 2018
2) Amount: JPY 24 billion
3) Impact on SDK performance: SDK expects only minimal impact of the early repayment on its forecast for the consolidated business performance of the fiscal year ending December 2018.
About Showa Denko K.K.
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; TSE:4004, ADR:SHWDY), a major manufacturer of chemical products, serves a wide range of fields from heavy industry to electronics and computer industries. The Petrochemicals Sector provides cracker products such as ethylene and propylene, the Chemicals Sector provides industrial, high-performance and high-purity gases and chemicals for semicon and other industries, and the Inorganics Sector provides ceramic products, such as alumina, abrasives, refractory and graphite electrodes and fine carbon products. The Aluminum Sector provides aluminum materials and high-value-added fabricated aluminum, the Electronics Sector provides HD media, compound semiconductors such as ultra high-bright LEDs and rare earth magnetic alloys, and the Advanced Battery Materials Department (ABM) provides lithium-ion battery components. For more information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp/english/.
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Oct 3, 2018 14:00 HKT/SGT
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