ACL » Topics » (6) Short Term Borrowings

This excerpt taken from the ACL 20-F filed Mar 15, 2005.

(6) Short Term Borrowings

December 31,
2004
2003
Lines of credit   $   141.0   $   167.3  
Commercial paper   651.7   1,005.1  
From affiliates   90.6   111.5  
Bank overdrafts   28.3   42.9  


    $   911.6   $1,326.8  


        At December 31, 2004, the Company had several unsecured line of credit agreements totaling $420.5 with third parties that were denominated in various currencies. The commitment fees related to unused borrowings under these facilities were nominal during 2004, 2003 and 2002. The weighted average interest rates at December 31, 2004 and 2003 were 4.3% and 2.5%, respectively. The amounts outstanding under these agreements at December 31, 2004 were due at various dates during 2005.

        At December 31, 2004, the Company had a $2,000 commercial paper facility. At December 31, 2004, the outstanding balance carried an average interest rate of 2.2% before fees. Nestlé guarantees the commercial paper facility and assists in its management, for which the Company pays Nestlé an annual fee based on the average outstanding commercial paper balances. The Company’s management believes that any fees paid by the Company to Nestlé for their guarantee of any indebtedness or for the management of the commercial paper program are comparable to the fees that would be paid in an

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arm’s length transaction. Total guarantee fees paid to Nestlé for the years ended December 31, 2004, 2003 and 2002 were $0.8, $4.1 and $1.6, respectively.

        The Company had various unsecured promissory notes and line of credit agreements denominated in various currencies with several subsidiaries of Nestlé. These short term borrowings at December 31, 2004 were either due on demand or at various dates during 2005. The weighted average interest rates at December 31, 2004 and 2003 were 1.9% and 2.2%, respectively. The unused portion under the line of credit agreements was $258.4 at December 31, 2004.

        The Company had several unsecured bank overdraft lines of credit denominated in various currencies totaling $235.2 at December 31, 2004. The weighted average interest rates on bank overdrafts at December 31, 2004 and 2003 were 4.8% and 4.9%, respectively.

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