EFS Expands Coal Industry Financing - Announces Two Transactions
Stamford, Conn., April 19, 2005 – Expanding its financial services for the growing coal industry, GE Commercial Finance's Energy Financial Services announced today it had provided refinancing capital to Oxford Mining Company headquartered in Coshocton, Ohio and a $65 million credit facility for CAM Holdings, LLC, based in Pikeville, Kentucky.
As oil and gas prices rise, many coal companies are adding to operating capacity with equipment and reserves to meet increasing demand from power plants. The US government predicts coal's contribution to global energy consumption will double to 50 percent by 2015. GE Commercial Finance Energy Financial Services is helping coal–producing customers meet this renewed demand for coal by providing them with a full range of commercial financial products to fund their growth.
"This refinancing will enable us to grow by freeing up capital so we can acquire additional coal reserves and equipment," said Chuck Ungurean, the CEO of Oxford, which is family owned. "Working with one company – GE Commercial Finance – that understands our business, rather than three or four banks and leasing companies, really made a positive difference."
The terms of the Oxford transaction were not disclosed.
GE Commercial Finance's Energy Financial Services also completed a $65 million credit facility for CAM Holdings, which owns strategically located mines with high–quality, long–life reserves.
"We've more than doubled our sales force in the past year so we can better serve our customers, including those in the coal industry," said Jim Kelly, a managing director at GE Commercial Finance Energy Financial Services. "In addition, we're offering a wider product range – from senior secured debt to equipment financing – and are drawing on our energy expertise to deliver more value to our customers."
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