Indianapolis, IN, June 21, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP, counsel to St. Louis based Stern Brothers & Co., recently assisted in closing Myriant Corporation’s Lake Providence, Louisiana commercial bio-succinic acid plant. This first-of-its-kind transaction included taxable bonds partially backed by the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) through its Business & Industry (“B&I”) loan guaranty program, a grant from the United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) and an equity investment by Myriant Corporation.
“We are extremely excited to have acted as transaction and placement agent counsel with our client Stern Brothers & Co. to close another history making transaction,” said John R. Kirkwood, Partner and legal team leader on the Lake Providence transaction. “The level of work and out-of-the-box thinking required by our legal team to accomplish our client’s goals with this first-ever transaction was a welcomed challenge for our firm. Financing of this kind is an historic step for the USDA and the biochemicals industry.”
Continuing its sector leadership in the alternative energy and chemicals space, Stern Brothers used a USDA B & I loan guaranty to credit enhance the project finance bonds, a first-time application of a B & I guaranty to bonds, and privately placed Myriant’s bonds with institutional investors. “Structuring the transaction to maximize the value of the USDA guarantee using bonds expanded the pool of potential investors and significantly lowered the cost of capital for the project,” said John May, Managing Director for Stern Brothers.
The $25 million USDA B&I Loan Guarantee complements a $50 million cooperative agreement that Myriant received from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and a $10 million grant from the Lake Providence Port Commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation. Of the $25 million in bonds sold, $15 million are guaranteed by the USDA under the B&I program. Sales of the unsecured portion of the bonds indicate investor confidence in the future financial performance of Myriant's Lake Providence bio-refinery.
Myriant’s commercial scale bio-succinic acid production facility will be capable of producing 30 million pounds per year of bio-succinic acid. Myriant’s cost-advantaged bio-succinic acid will be a “drop-in” replacement for petroleum-derived succinic acid and other chemical intermediates.
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