BBSI Redeems All Preferred Stock for $34.8 Million in Cash and Portion of a New $24 Million Revolving Credit Facility

9/24/2012 Print Version

Sep 24, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) -- Barrett Business Services, Inc. (BBSI) (NASDAQ: BBSI), a leading provider of business management solutions, announced the redemption of all outstanding shares of its Series A nonconvertible, non-voting, redeemable preferred stock for $34.8 million. The company funded the redemption using a combination of cash on hand and availability under a new revolving credit facility provided by its principal bank.

The preferred stock was issued as partial payment for the company's March 28, 2012 repurchase of 2,485,929 shares of its common stock held by the Estate of William W. Sherertz and 500,000 common shares held by Nancy Sherertz. By redeeming the preferred stock within six months of issuance, BBSI was not required to pay a semi-annual dividend of approximately $870,000 due September 28, 2012.

BBSI also entered into a five year credit agreement effective September 18, 2012 with its principal bank for a revolving reducing secured loan, initially for a maximum amount of $24.0 million. The company is also negotiating with its principal bank for a term loan in the amount of approximately $6.0 million to be secured by BBSI's corporate office building in Vancouver, WA, which is expected to be finalized in October 2012 and will increase the total credit facility to approximately $30.0 million. Advances under the revolving reducing loan bear interest, at the company's option, at either a fixed rate for a term selected by BBSI from time-to-time or a fluctuating rate. In each case, the rate is calculated based on LIBOR plus 1.75%.

About BBSI
BBSI (NASDAQ: BBSI) is a leading provider of business management solutions, combining human resource outsourcing and professional management consulting to create a unique operational platform that differentiates it from competitors. The company's integrated platform is built upon expertise in payroll processing, employee benefits, workers' compensation coverage, risk management and workplace safety programs, and human resource administration. BBSI's partnerships help businesses of all sizes improve the efficiency of their operations. BBSI works with more than 3,000 clients across all lines of business in 23 states. For more information, please visit

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