Syndicated credit line and loan from the European Investment Bank ensure sufficient liquidity
In order to ensure sufficient liquidity, DEUTZ has at its disposal a syndicated, revolving working capital facility of €160 million provided by a consortium of banks. It is a floating-rate, unsecured line. In 2014, the term of the facility was extended to May 2019. DEUTZ can elect whether to utilise the cash line as a bilateral overdraft facility (up to €60 million) or to draw down amounts with interest periods of three to six months.
In addition, we have an amortising loan from the European Investment Bank with a remaining balance of €82.8 million at 31 December 2014. This loan, which is also unsecured, is repayable in instalments until July 2020. We have hedged the interest-rate risk arising from this loan.
As part of the contractual agreements for both loans, DEUTZ is obliged to comply with certain financial covenants. They do not limit our leeway for growth projects, however. The working capital facility and the loan from the European Investment Bank have enabled us to secure funding for our projects and for further growth over the medium to long term.
Receivables management optimised by means of factoring
The sale of receivables is an important way of optimising receivables management. Because the credit quality of our customer receivables is excellent, factoring is also a cost-effective way of improving working capital, especially as considerable cash resources are required to cover the period from the preliminary financing of production to receipt of payment from the customer. The volume of factoring on the balance sheet date was lower than at the end of 2013 as a result of the business situation, the volume as at 31 December 2014 being around €107 million (31 December 2013: €175 million).