Akron, Ohio - Goodyear borrowed nearly $1000 million under an existing credit facility to improve its cash position during the United SteelworkersÂ´ strike against 16 plants in the US and Canada, the tyre maker said.
Goodyear borrowed $300 million on Oct. 5-the day the strike began-and another $675 million on 13 Oct. Both were under GoodyearÂ´s $1500 million US First Lien Credit Facility, which is now almost fully drawn considering its $500 million deposit-funded facility, Goodyear added.
"Before the start of the United Steelworkers' strike in North America, Goodyear had about $1300 million in cash and cash equivalents and approximately $1600 million in available credit lines," said Richard Kramer, executive vice president and CFO. "This action provides additional cash in the unlikely event of a prolonged strike."
Kramer added that Goodyear is shipping product to customers from existing inventory, operating non-affected tyre plants as usual and operating affected plants with salaried employees in addition to importing supply from international operations.
About 15 000 union workers are participating in the strike.
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