Cameco Annual Report 2011


Table of Contents

16. Long-Term Debt

  2011 2010 Jan 1/10
Debentures - Series C $298,993 $298,721 $298,449
Debentures - Series D 496,152 495,762 495,393
JV Inkai LLP 6,126
Total $801,271 $794,483 $793,842

Cameco has $299,000,000 outstanding in senior unsecured debentures (Series C). These debentures bear interest at a rate of 4.70% per annum (effective interest rate of 4.79%) and mature on September 16, 2015.

On September 2, 2009, Cameco issued debentures (Series D) in the amount of $500,000,000. These debentures bear interest at a rate of 5.67% per annum (effective interest rate of 5.80%) and mature on September 2, 2019. The proceeds of the issue after deducting expenses were $495,300,000.

In February 2009, Cameco concluded an arrangement for a $100,000,000 unsecured revolving credit facility. The original maturity date of the facility was February 5, 2010, however, in November 2010, upon mutual agreement with the lender, this facility was further extended to February 4, 2012. On November 1, 2011, Cameco cancelled this facility.

On November 1, 2011, Cameco amended and extended the term of our $500,000,000 unsecured revolving credit facility that was maturing November 30, 2012. This credit facility was increased to $1,250,000,000 and now matures on November 1, 2016. Upon mutual agreement, the facility can be extended for an additional year on the anniversary date. In addition to direct borrowings under the facility, up to $100,000,000 can be used for the issuance of letters of credit and, to the extent necessary, it may be used to provide liquidity support for the Company's commercial paper program. The facility ranks equally with all of our other senior debt. As of December 31, 2011 there were no amounts outstanding under this facility. The agreement provides the ability to increase the revolving credit facility above $1,250,000,000 by no less than increments of $50,000,000, up to a total of $1,750,000,000.

Cameco is bound by a covenant in its revolving credit facility. The covenant requires a funded debt to tangible net worth ratio equal to or less than 1:1. Non-compliance with this covenant could result in accelerated payment and termination of the revolving credit facility. At December 31, 2011, Cameco was in compliance with the covenant and does not expect its operating and investing activities in 2012 to be constrained by it.

Cameco has $693,094,000 ($400,614,000 and $287,591,000 (US)) in letter of credit facilities. The majority of the outstanding letters of credit at December 31, 2011 relate to future decommissioning and reclamation liabilities [note 19] and amounted to $664,575,000 ($395,606,000 and $264,186,000 (US)) (2010 - $549,533,000 ($395,818,000 and $153,987,000 (US)).

Inkai has a $20,000,000 (US) revolving credit facility that is available until August 11, 2014. As at December 31, 2011, Inkai had $10,000,000 (US) outstanding under this facility. Cameco's share of this facility and the amount outstanding under it is $12,000,000 (US) and $6,000,000 (US) respectively.

The table below represents currently scheduled maturities of long-term debt over the next five years.

2012 $
2014   6,126
2015   298,993
Thereafter   496,152
Total $ 801,271