Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Completes Successful Term Loan Repricing

Casella provides integrated solid waste, recycling, and resource management services in the eastern United States.


Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Completes Successful Term Loan Repricing

April 18, 2017

RUTLAND, Vt., April 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company (the "Company"), today announced a successful repricing of the secured term loans under its existing credit facility.  The lenders have agreed to an amendment that decreases the applicable interest margin for the Company's term loans by 25 basis points for both LIBOR borrowings and base rate borrowings.  The applicable interest rate margin will continue to be determined based on the Company's consolidated net leverage ratio, with the interest currently set at 2.75% for LIBOR borrowings (with a 1.00% LIBOR floor), and 1.75% for base rate borrowings.  The applicable interest rate will be reduced to 2.50% for LIBOR borrowings (with a 1.00% LIBOR floor), and 1.50% for base rate borrowings upon the Company reaching a consolidated net leverage ratio of 3.75x or less. 

The Company expects annual interest savings to be approximately $0.9 million from this repricing. Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith Incorporated and JPM Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. acted as joint lead arrangers for this term loan repricing and amendment.

About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States.  For further information, investors contact Ned Coletta, Chief Financial Officer at (802) 772-2239; media contact Joseph Fusco, Vice President at (802) 772-2247; or visit the Company's website at

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We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.


Ned Coletta

Chief Financial Officer

(802) 772-2239


Joseph Fusco

Vice President

(802) 772-2247

Source: Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

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