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Intrepid Potash Announces Extension of Debt Covenant Waivers and Agreement in Principle on Revised Terms with Creditors


DENVER; July 29, 2016 - Intrepid Potash Inc. (NYSE:IPI) today announced that it has obtained further waivers of certain covenants under its senior notes and its credit facility until September 30, 2016.  Intrepid has also reached an agreement in principle with holders of its senior notes regarding revised terms.  The agreement in principle is non-binding and allows the parties until September 30, 2016, to complete negotiations and definitive documentation. 

Concurrently, Intrepid's $8 million revolving credit facility was amended to, among other things, reduce the borrowing capacity to $1 million and extend the term to no later than September 30, 2016.  The revolving credit facility may only be used for letters of credit.  

In addition, Intrepid received a commitment from a third party lender for an alternative credit facility to replace the existing credit facility, subject to various conditions, including that the revised terms of the agreement between Intrepid and the holders of its senior notes be satisfactory to the third party lender. The parties have until September 30, 2016, to complete negotiations and definitive documentation for this facility.

"We have made good progress and continue to work towards a final resolution of the debt covenant issues that we have been experiencing," said Bob Jornayvaz, Intrepid's Executive Chairman, President and CEO.  "We are grateful for the diligence and thoughtfulness our creditors have demonstrated in the negotiations this far and ask for patience from investors as we endeavor to memorialize these agreements in principle."

Intrepid can make no assurance that the definitive documentation relating to the senior notes and revised credit facility will be entered into by September 30, 2016 on terms consistent with the agreements in principle or at all.

About Intrepid

Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) is the only U.S. producer of muriate of potash and supplied approximately 9% of the country's annual consumption in 2015.  Potash is applied as an essential nutrient for healthy crop development, utilized in several industrial applications and used as an ingredient in animal feed.  Intrepid also produces a specialty fertilizer, Trio®, which delivers three key nutrients, potassium, magnesium, and sulfate, in a single particle.

Intrepid serves diverse customers in markets where a logistical advantage exists; and is a leader in the utilization of solar evaporation production, one of the lowest cost, environmentally friendly production methods for potash.  After the idling of its West mine in July 2016, Intrepid's production comes from three solar solution potash facilities and one conventional underground Trio® mine.

Intrepid routinely posts important information, including information about upcoming investor presentations and press releases, on its website under the Investor Relations tab.  Investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll on the Intrepid website, www.intrepidpotash.com to receive automatic email alerts or Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings.

Forward-looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements - that is, statements about future, not past, events.  The forward-looking statements in this document relate to, among other things, statements about the timing and results of amendments to the Company's debt agreements.  These statements are based on assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable.  Forward-looking statements, by their nature, address matters that are uncertain.  The particular uncertainties that could cause Intrepid's actual results to be materially different from its forward-looking statements include the following:

  • the Company's ability to enter into acceptable definitive documentation of its agreements relating to the senior notes and credit facility by September 30, 2016 or at all;
  • the Company's ability to successfully adapt to its new business model after the idling of the West facility and the transition of the East facility to Trio®-only production;
  • the Company's ability to comply with covenants in its debt-related agreements to avoid a default under those agreements; the Company's ability to come to an agreement with its current and potential future lenders on definitive terms for its debt-related agreements going forward; or a further reduction in the total amount available to the Company under its revolving credit facility;
  • changes in the price, demand, or supply of potash or Trio®/langbeinite;
  • adverse impacts to the Company's business as a result of its independent auditor having expressed substantial doubt as to the Company's ability to continue as a going concern due to the existence of a material uncertainty;
  • the costs of, and the Company's ability to successfully construct, commission, and execute, any of its strategic projects;
  • declines or changes in agricultural production or fertilizer application rates;
  • further write-downs of the carrying value of the Company's assets, including inventories;
  • circumstances that disrupt or limit the Company's production, including operational difficulties or variances, geological or geotechnical variances, equipment failures, environmental hazards, and other unexpected events or problems;
  • changes in the Company's reserve estimates;
  • currency fluctuations;
  • adverse changes in economic conditions or credit markets;
  • the impact of governmental regulations, including environmental and mining regulations, the enforcement of those regulations, and governmental policy changes;
  • adverse weather events, including events affecting precipitation and evaporation rates at the Company's solar solution mines;
  • increased labor costs or difficulties in hiring and retaining qualified employees and contractors, including workers with mining, mineral processing, or construction expertise;
  • changes in the prices of raw materials, including chemicals, natural gas, and power;
  • the Company's ability to obtain and maintain any necessary governmental permits or leases relating to current or future operations;
  • declines in the use of potash products by oil and gas companies in their drilling operations;
  • interruptions in rail or truck transportation services, or fluctuations in the costs of these services;
  • the Company's inability to fund necessary capital investments; and
  • the other risks, uncertainties, and assumptions described in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.

In addition, new risks emerge from time to time.  It is not possible for the Company's management to predict all risks that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements the Company may make.

All information in this document speaks as of the date of this release.  New information or events after that date may cause our forward-looking statements in this document to change.  We undertake no duty to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements to conform the statements to actual results or to reflect new information or future events.

Brian Frantz, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Phone:  303-996-3023
Email: [email protected]

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Intrepid Potash Inc via Globenewswire


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