THEA Completes Bond Sale for Refinancing
December 11, 2017 Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is pleased to announce that it was able to sell $152 million of bonds to advance refund its outstanding Series 2012B Bonds which generated savings of over $15 million in debt service payments, as well as issue $36 million of bonds to fund two improvement projects in an attractive rate environment.
This second bond issuance within a year shows the strength of THEAs financial condition, said Vince Cassidy, Chairman of THEAs Board of Directors. This transaction demonstrates the high level of confidence investors have with THEAs cash flow, its leadership team and our community. Investor orders for this bond issue, and our Selmon Extension bonds earlier this year were significantly oversubscribed. Cassidy continued.
In early November when the tax reform bill was released it included an elimination of advance refunding effective January 1, 2018. THEA reacted swiftly and prepared to complete the advance refunding by year end. On November 21st THEA presented to Standard & Poors (S&P) Global Ratings and on November 28th THEA presented to Moodys Investors Service (Moodys). On December 5th, THEA received rating confirmations of A+ from S&P and A2 from Moodys. The ratings reflect THEAs historical and projected strong debt service coverage resulting from continued revenue growth.
THEA is always looking for opportunities to take advantage of the market and being able to capture nearly 11% debt service savings through an advance refunding, obtain new money at very low rates, and still maintain a high debt service coverage ratio is an accomplishment that bolsters THEAs capital management program stated Amy Lettelleir, THEAs Chief Financial Officer.
Proceeds from this bond sale will provide funds that enable the acceleration of the South Selmon Expressway Improvement Project and the Meridian Ultimate Improvement Project, both are vital to THEAs commitment to provide safe and reliable transportation services to the Tampa Bay community.
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