|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
|Debt Disclosure [Abstract]|
Long-term debt consisted of the following (amounts in thousands):
(a) The effective rate was 9.868% until February 29, 2016.
The senior notes total $585,000,000 in principal, mature on April 1, 2020, and bear interest at 9.125% per annum (the "Senior Notes"). Interest payments are due semi-annually on April 1 and October 1 of each year. Ascent Capital has not guaranteed any of the Company's obligations under the Senior Notes. As of December 31, 2017, the Senior Notes had deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $4,974,000.
The Senior Notes are guaranteed by all of the Company's existing domestic subsidiaries. See note 17, Consolidating Guarantor Financial Information for further information.
Ascent Intercompany Loan
On February 29, 2016, the Company retired the existing intercompany loan with an outstanding principal amount of $100,000,000 and executed and delivered a Promissory Note to Ascent Capital in a principal amount of $12,000,000 (the "Ascent Intercompany Loan"), with the $88,000,000 remaining principal being treated as a capital contribution. The entire principal amount under the Ascent Intercompany Loan is due on October 1, 2020. The Company may prepay any portion of the balance of the Ascent Intercompany Loan at any time from time to time without fee, premium or penalty (subject to certain financial covenants associated with the Company’s other indebtedness). Any unpaid balance of the Ascent Intercompany Loan bears interest at a rate equal to 12.5% per annum, payable semi-annually in cash in arrears on January 12 and July 12 of each year. Borrowings under the Ascent Intercompany Loan constitute unsecured obligations of the Company and are not guaranteed by any of the Company’s subsidiaries.
On September 30, 2016, the Company entered into an amendment ("Amendment No. 6") with the lenders of its existing senior secured credit agreement dated March 23, 2012, and as amended and restated on April 9, 2015, February 17, 2015, August 16, 2013, March 25, 2013, and November 7, 2012 (the "Existing Credit Agreement"). Amendment No. 6 provided for, among other things, the issuance of a new $1,100,000,000 senior secured term loan at a 1.5% discount and a new $295,000,000 super priority revolver (the Existing Credit Agreement together with Amendment No. 6, the "Credit Facility").
The Company used the net proceeds from the new term loan to retire $403,784,000 of its existing term loan due in March 2018 and $543,125,000 of its existing term loan due in April 2022. Additionally, the Company retired its existing $315,000,000 revolving credit facility in the amount of $138,900,000.
As a result of the refinancing, the Company accelerated amortization of certain deferred financing costs and debt discounts related to the extinguished term loans, and expensed certain other refinancing costs. The components of the refinancing expense is reflected below (amounts in thousands):
As of December 31, 2017, the Credit Facility term loan has a principal amount of $1,086,250,000 maturing on September 30, 2022. The term loan requires quarterly interest payments and quarterly principal payments of $2,750,000. The term loan bears interest at LIBOR plus 5.5%, subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.0%. The Credit Facility revolver has a principal amount outstanding of $68,500,000 as of December 31, 2017 and matures on September 30, 2021. The Credit Facility revolver bears interest at LIBOR plus 4.0%, subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.0%. There is a commitment fee of 0.5% on unused portions of the Credit Facility revolver. As of December 31, 2017, $226,500,000 is available for borrowing under the Credit Facility revolver.
The maturity date for both the term loan and the revolving credit facility under the Credit Facility are subject to a springing maturity 181 days prior to the scheduled maturity date of the Senior Notes, or October 3, 2019 (the "Springing Maturity") if the Company is unable to refinance the Senior Notes by that date. In addition, at any time after the occurrence of an event of default under the Credit Facility, the lenders may, among other options, declare any amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility immediately due and payable and terminate any commitment to make further loans under the Credit Facility. Also, failure to comply with restrictions contained in the Senior Notes could lead to an event of default under the Credit Facility.
The Credit Facility is secured by a pledge of all of the outstanding stock of the Company and all of its existing subsidiaries and is guaranteed by all of the Company's existing domestic subsidiaries. Ascent Capital has not guaranteed any of the Company's obligations under the Credit Facility.
As of December 31, 2017, the Company has deferred financing costs and unamortized discounts, net of accumulated amortization, of $28,479,000 related to the Credit Facility.
In order to reduce the financial risk related to changes in interest rates associated with the floating rate term loans under the Credit Facility term loan, the Company has entered into interest rate swap agreements with terms similar to the Credit Facility term loan (all outstanding interest rate swap agreements are collectively referred to as the "Swaps"). The Swaps have been designated as effective hedges of the Company's variable rate debt and qualify for hedge accounting. As a result of these interest rate swaps, the Company's current effective weighted average interest rate on the borrowings under the Credit Facility term loan is 7.18%. See note 8, Derivatives, for further disclosures related to these derivative instruments.
The terms of the Senior Notes and the Credit Facility provide for certain financial and nonfinancial covenants. As of December 31, 2017, the Company was in compliance with all required covenants under these financing arrangements.
As of December 31, 2017, principal payments scheduled to be made on the Company's debt obligations, assuming no Springing Maturity of the Credit Facility, are as follows (amounts in thousands):
The entire disclosure for information about short-term and long-term debt arrangements, which includes amounts of borrowings under each line of credit, note payable, commercial paper issue, bonds indenture, debenture issue, own-share lending arrangements and any other contractual agreement to repay funds, and about the underlying arrangements, rationale for a classification as long-term, including repayment terms, interest rates, collateral provided, restrictions on use of assets and activities, whether or not in compliance with debt covenants, and other matters important to users of the financial statements, such as the effects of refinancing and noncompliance with debt covenants.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef