Financing Adds Working Capital and Strengthens Balance Sheet
HOUSTON, TX — (MARKET WIRE) — September 2, 2010 — Lapolla Industries, Inc. (“Lapolla”) (OTC BB:LPAD.OB – News), a leading manufacturer and supplier of insulation foam, coatings, and equipment, focused on commercial, industrial and residential applications in the insulation and construction industries, today announced receiving a $12.5 Million senior secured credit facility from Bank of America Merrill Lynch through Bank of America Business Capital (BABC), one of the world’s largest asset-based lenders. The asset-based loan is being used to refinance existing debt and add working capital for growth. BABC is also providing Lapolla with treasury management products and services.
Douglas J. Kramer, Lapolla’s President & CEO stated, “The new financing from Bank of America Business Capital provides Lapolla with interest expense savings, adds working capital to help sustain our continued aggressive growth, and significantly strengthens our balance sheet. The bank did an excellent job in understanding our business needs, which will in-turn, create a greater likelihood of a long term banking and lender relationship.”
Lapolla earnings report for the first six months, ended June 30, 2010, have shown aggressive and sustained growth in both revenue and profitability. The company reported 45% growth in both revenue and profitability from the previous year’s same period. Based on the first two quarters of 2010, Lapolla has a projected annual sales pace of over $60 Million for the 2010 year, which will make its projected compound annual growth sales rate at 69%, or 2,240% total sales growth, for a 6 year period.
Mr. Kramer continued, “The growth is a direct result of increased consumer awareness, demand for energy cost control, and an overall desire to reduce carbon footprint. The growth is also a clear indicator, in a very soft economy, that Spray Polyurethane Foam is capturing market share from other conventional insulation products.”
“We are delighted to have Lapolla Industries as a new client of the bank,” said Kim Ruth, Global Commercial Banking Southwest Region Executive. “We worked closely with their management team to learn about their strategy, competitive strengths and business opportunities. This interaction and transparency facilitated our ability to provide them with comprehensive financial solutions that will help them grow their customer base and sales.”
About Lapolla Industries, Inc.
Lapolla Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of insulation foam and coating products targeting commercial, industrial and residential applications in the roofing and insulation construction industries. Additional information about Lapolla is available on the World Wide Web at www.lapollaindustries.com and www.Lapolla.com.
About Bank of America Business Capital
Bank of America Business Capital is one of the world’s largest asset-based lenders, with more than 20 offices serving the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. It provides companies with senior secured loans, cash management, interest rate and foreign exchange risk management, and a broad array of capital markets products. Capital markets and investment banking services are provided by Banc of America Securities LLC, member NYSE/NASD/SIPC, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation and an affiliate of Bank of America Business Capital. Visit www.bankofamerica.com/businesscapitalnews for more information.
About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with 5,900 retail banking offices, more than 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 29 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
About Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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For further information regarding risks, uncertainties, and other factors associated with Lapolla’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of Lapolla’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Copies of Lapolla’s press releases and additional information about Lapolla is available on the World Wide Web at www.lapollaindustries.com.
Douglas J. Kramer, CEO
Michael T. Adams, CGO
Charles A. Zajaczkowski, CFO