Wednesday, May 23, 2012

School Specialty (Nasdaq: SCHS) Announces Completion of Debt Refinancing

School Specialty (Nasdaq: SCHS) Announces Completion of Debt RefinancingShawshank, VA 5/23/12 (StreetBeat) -- School Specialty (Nasdaq:SCHS), a leading K-12 education company with the broadest array of products in the market, today announced that it has refinanced its existing credit facility with two new separate agreements. The new multi-year agreements consist of a secured $200 million asset-based credit agreement with a group co-led by affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company and GE Capital, and a separate secured $70 million credit agreement with an affiliate of Bayside Capital, Inc. The new agreements replace the credit agreement dated April 23, 2010, and last amended on July 1, 2011, which had outstanding borrowings of $130 million as of May 18, 2012.

"We are pleased to announce the refinancing of our credit agreement," said President and CEO Michael P. Lavelle. "The new asset-based credit agreement and term loan provides us with a more appropriate borrowing structure for our business. With this important step in our planning behind us, we are poised to further focus our business and accelerate our transformational activities to drive long term growth and enhance value to our customers and investors."

Additional details regarding the Company's new credit agreements will be set forth in its Current Report on Form 8-K, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About School Specialty, Inc.

School Specialty is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops, and provides preK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources, and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.

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