Cott Corp has announced a debt exchange plan to help the private label soft drinks giant maintain financial flexibility.

Cott Corp will offer US$200m in senior notes due 2017 to qualified institutional investors in the US, the group said today (29 October).

It will use the proceeds to pay for a tender offer to buy up 8% of senior subordinated notes due in 2011.

Investors who take up the tender offer before 12 November, will get an "early participation payment" of $30.00 per $1,000 principal amount of the notes. The offer ends on 27 November.

Cott Corp today reported profit in its fiscal third quarter for the first time in three years.