Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE: NRP) today announced it has retired $98 million of its 9.125% Senior Notes due 2025 in the second quarter of 2022. These notes were purchased on the open market at a weighted average price of 102.23%, a discount to the current redemption price of 104.563%. The retirement of this debt will save approximately $9 million annually in interest savings. After giving effect to the transactions, $202 million of NRP’s 9.125% Senior Notes due 2025 remain outstanding and NRP has a 1.6x pro-forma leverage ratio as of March 31, 2022.
“As a result of the Partnership’s free cash flow generation, solid liquidity, and positive outlook for its business lines, we were able to opportunistically retire over 30% of our outstanding Senior Notes,” said Craig Nunez, NRP’s president and chief operating officer. “This early debt reduction demonstrates our ongoing commitment to solidify our capital structure and maximize unitholder value.”
Natural Resource Partners L.P., a master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, TX, is a diversified natural resource company that owns, manages and leases a diversified portfolio of properties in the United States including coal, industrial minerals and other natural resources, as well as rights to conduct carbon sequestration and renewable energy activities. NRP also owns an equity investment in Sisecam Wyoming LLC, one of the world’s lowest-cost producers of soda ash.
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