Georgia Regents Health System refinances $160 million in bonds

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 10:18 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 1:16 AM
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Georgia Regents Health System and some of its affiliated foundations have refinanced almost $160 million in bonds to take advantage of lower rates, officials said. The revenue bonds were refinanced last month through the Augusta Economic Development Authority, but that does not mean the agency issued the bonds, authority executive director Walter Sprouse said.

“The only thing we do is we just approve it,” he said. “We’re the vehicle, in other words. We don’t back it. If anybody we approve any industrial revenue bonds for, if for some reason they default, that’s their problem. We don’t back it. We don’t put any money into it.”

Refinancing two $60,945,00 issues from 2008 will get better rates and allow GRU to lower its debt service payments, officials said.

“The rates are lower right now for any kind of bonds or mortgages or loans,” Sprouse said.

The authority also authorized the refinancing of about $26 million in bonds from a public-private venture used to build a research building for the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center and about $9 million in bonds used to build the Jaguar Student Activities Center, said Aisha Lavin, director of business operations for facilities for GRU.

“We’ve had people advising us through the years, as the markets have gone up and down, when conditions were right to refinance,” she said. “It just so happened that both of those seemed like they were prime opportunities at this time so we have proceeded with that.”

The health system’s board voted in April to proceed with the revenue bonds and refinancing. The money has provided capital for various projects, such as the clinical building for the GRU Cancer Center, the renovation of the Emergency Department and the renovation of various floors, spokeswoman Christen Carter said.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/13/14 - 04:27 am
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Borrow, borrow, borrow,

Borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow.
Borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow.

Sometimes it just gets to me no matter how nice you make the debt and refinancing sound.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 08/13/14 - 04:58 am
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who handled them

The article should have named the company that handled the refi and what the cost was.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/13/14 - 08:58 am
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The money is already

The money is already borrowed. This just sells new bonds at a lower rate and pays off the older bonds. You could have a 30 year bond paying 5.00% with a call date of 10 years out and that date is approaching and this new issue could be 3.50% and would pay them off at par or a little above par. IF that were the case that would save GRU 2,400,000.00 per year. A good move on their part.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/13/14 - 12:51 pm
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Dave Ramsey Side

JRC, as I said, I get that it's refinancing, but it's just the whole concept of borrowing to build first that makes me wonder. I'm feeling my Dave Ramsey side today. Pay up front for everything. Stay debt free. Worked for me.

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JRC2024 08/13/14 - 10:05 pm
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I am that way also River. No

I am that way also River. No debt at all. I buy the bonds and keep them in debt and paying to me.

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