IRVING, Texas, June 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forterra, Inc. (“Forterra” or the "Company”) (NASDAQ:FRTA) ), a leading manufacturer of water and drainage infrastructure pipe and products in the United States and Eastern Canada, today announced that it has amended and restated its existing sale-leaseback arrangement (the “SLB”). The transaction removed a total of 24 U.S. drainage facilities and U.S. and Canadian concrete pressure pipe facilities from the SLB, in exchange for Forterra’s contribution of two ductile iron pipe facilities in Bessemer, Alabama to the SLB. The transaction is expected to provide Forterra with increased flexibility to evaluate portfolio enhancement initiatives for the 24 facilities removed from the agreement.
In connection with the transaction, certain modifications to the SLB, including an increase in the lease term, will change the accounting treatment of the SLB. The SLB will now be accounted for as a finance lease, rather than an operating lease, which Forterra expects will increase EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and increase financing obligations on the balance sheet. The increase in the financing obligation on the balance sheet is expected to result in a slight initial increase in Forterra’s financial leverage after adjusting for the associated increase in EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. Prior to this transaction, Forterra expected to incur approximately $19 million in SLB operating expenses in 2018.
The Company expects to make a cash tax payment of approximately $17 million in 2018 as a result of a tax basis gain on the transaction. The exchange will also increase Forterra’s annual SLB cash payments by approximately $200,000. The Company expects to more than offset the 2018 cash impact by executing on portfolio enhancement initiatives related to the re-acquired properties over the remainder of 2018 and beyond.
Forterra is a leading manufacturer of water and drainage pipe and products in the U.S. and Eastern Canada for a variety of water-related infrastructure applications, including water transmission, distribution, drainage and stormwater management. Based in Irving, Texas, Forterra’s product breadth and significant scale help make it a one-stop shop for water related pipe and products and a preferred supplier to a wide variety of customers, including contractors, distributors and municipalities. For more information on Forterra, visit http://forterrabp.com.
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David J. Lawrence
Vice President of Treasury and Investor Relations