Tri-Tech Holding Receives Approval for $9.3 Million Line of Credit from China CITIC Bank Files, Shelf Registration for Future Growth
Beijing, China – August 1, 2011 – Tri-Tech Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIT), a premier Chinese company that provides turn-key solutions in China for the water resources, water and wastewater treatment, industrial safety and pollution control markets, announced today that the company has been granted a line of credit loan in the amount of RMB60 million (US$9.32 million) from China CITIC Bank. In unrelated news, the company has also filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 to allow the company to issue and sell securities over the next three years. At present, the company has no specific plans to issue securities under the registration statement.
Line of Credit
The line of credit with China CITIC Bank will be available for 12 months. The definitive loan agreement is expected to be signed shortly.
Tri-Tech CFO Mr. Peter Dong said, “We plan to use the credit line for working capital to finance equipment procurement and project subcontracting for several recently awarded projects.”
Tri-Tech CEO Mr. Warren Zhao added, “We are pleased that large Chinese banks like China CITIC Bank continue to support small-and mid-sized companies like Tri-Tech, particularly when the Chinese government has raised bank reserve requirements to tackle severe inflation. This line of credit will provide Tri-Tech with more capital flexibility to support our growth. We will continue to pursue multiple financing solutions from domestic banks to further strengthen our capital structure in support of our strong growth.”
“China's water problems remain quite severe. Tri-Tech has the potential to grow into a major company to help China deal with these problems that need serious attention over the next decade and probably well beyond that. Ultimately, our company will need capital for acquisitions as well as funds for expansion and fulfilling larger contracts.”
Shelf Registration Statement
The company also filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3. The shelf registration statement will allow Tri-Tech to issue and sell an indeterminate amount of ordinary shares, depositary shares, share purchase contracts, share purchase units, debt securities, warrants, rights, units, or any combination of these securities, in one or more future offerings. The specific terms of any future offering will be established by the company at the time of the offering, subject to market conditions, and will be described in detail in a prospectus supplement filed at the time of any such offering. At present, Tri-Tech has no specific plans to issue securities under the shelf registration statement.
Mr. Zhao added, “We have filed a shelf registration to give our company flexibility to access capital relatively quickly when we feel it is in the best interest of the company to do so. While we have no current plans to issue securities under this registration statement, we believed it was in the best interest of our shareholders to file the registration statement when our ordinary shares were near the low end of our 52-week trading range.”
Mr. Dong noted, “Our current cash position is strong and we have the ability to access lines of credit and short-term loans from local banks. To the extent we are able to finance our growth with such funds, we plan to do so; however, such short-term debt financing may not permit us to bid for larger, more long-term projects that would be in the company's best interest.. Sizable build-transfer project financing and strategic acquisitions require longer-term capital investments, and this may require us to finance such growth with the sale of our securities.”
Press Release Policy
Tri-Tech has also clarified its policy on issuing press releases about contracts. Mr. Zhao explained, “Our policy is only to issue press releases for contracts that we expect to exceed $1 million in revenues for our company. We do not plan to issue routine announcements about contracts worth less than $1.0 million. We set this threshold when we went public in September 2009 and intend to maintain this policy for the foreseeable future.”
Based on its prudential and excellent market performance, China CITIC Bank was ranked No.185 of global market value top 500 in 2010 issued by Finance Times. In 2010 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking released by magazine of The Banker, China CITIC Bank was ranked the No.67 in terms of tier-one capital and the No.72 in terms of total assets. China CITIC Bank broke into the World Top 500 Valuable Brands evaluated by The Brand Finance in 2010 and ranked No. 480 with brand value of $2.3 billion.
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