|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2014
(5) Long-Term Debt
Long-term debt consisted of the following (amounts in thousands):
(a) The interest rate on the term loan and the revolving credit facility was LIBOR plus 4.25%, subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.25%, until March 25, 2013.
On July 17, 2013, the Company closed on a $175,000,000 privately placed debt offering of 9.125% Senior Notes (the “New Senior Notes”). In December 2013, the Company completed an exchange of the New Senior Notes for identical securities in a registered offering under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
The New Senior Notes, together with the $410,000,000 “Existing Senior Notes” (the “Senior Notes”), total $585,000,000 in principal, mature on April 1, 2020 and bear interest at 9.125% per annum. Interest payments are due semi-annually on April 1 and October 1 of each year.
The Senior Notes are guaranteed by all of the Company’s existing domestic subsidiaries. Ascent Capital has not guaranteed any of the Company’s obligations under the Senior Notes.
Ascent Intercompany Loan
On August 16, 2013, in connection with the Security Networks Acquisition, the Company executed and delivered a Promissory Note to Ascent Capital in a principal amount of $100,000,000 (the “Ascent Intercompany Loan”). 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 9.868% per annum, payable semi-annually in cash in arrears on January 12 and July 12 of each year, commencing on January 12, 2014. Borrowings under the Ascent Intercompany Loan constitute unsecured obligations of the Company and are not guaranteed by any of the Company’s subsidiaries.
On March 25, 2013, the Company entered into an amendment (“Amendment No. 2”) with the lenders of its existing senior secured credit agreement dated March 23, 2012, and as amended and restated on November 7, 2012 (the “Existing Credit Agreement”). Pursuant to Amendment No. 2, the Company repriced the interest rates applicable to the Existing Credit Agreement’s facility (the “Repricing”), which is comprised of the term loans and revolving credit facility noted in the table above. Concurrently with the Repricing, the Company extended the maturity of the revolving credit facility by nine months to December 22, 2017.
On August 16, 2013, in connection with the Security Networks Acquisition, the Company entered into a third amendment (“Amendment No. 3”) to the Existing Credit Agreement to provide for, among other things, (i) an increase in the commitments under the revolving credit facility in a principal amount of $75,000,000, resulting in an aggregate principal amount of $225,000,000, (ii) new term loans in an aggregate principal amount of $225,000,000 (the “Incremental Term Loans”) at a 0.5% discount and (iii) certain other amendments to the Existing Credit Agreement, each as set forth in Amendment No. 3 (the Existing Credit Agreement together with Amendment No. 2 and Amendment No. 3, the “Credit Facility”).
The Credit Facility term loans bear interest at LIBOR plus 3.25%, subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.00%, and mature on March 23, 2018. Principal payments of approximately $2,292,000 and interest on the term loans are due quarterly. The Credit Facility revolver bears interest at LIBOR plus 3.75%, subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.00%, and matures on December 22, 2017. There is an annual commitment fee of 0.50% on unused portions of the Credit Facility revolver. As of March 31, 2014, $187,500,000 is available for borrowing under the revolving credit facility.
On March 31, 2014, the Company borrowed $33,000,000 on the Credit Facility revolver to fund its April 1, 2014 interest payment due under the Senior Notes of approximately $26,691,000 and other business activities.
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. In addition, 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 March 31, 2014, the Company has deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization, of $24,251,000 related to the Senior Notes and the Credit Facility. These costs are included in Other assets, net on the accompanying consolidated balance sheet and will be amortized over the remaining term of the respective debt instruments using the effective-interest method.
In order to reduce the financial risk related to changes in interest rates associated with the floating rate term loans under the Credit Facility, the Company has entered into interest rate swap agreements, with terms similar to the Credit Facility term loans. On March 25, 2013, the Company negotiated amendments to the terms of its existing swap agreements to coincide with the Repricing. In the third quarter of 2013, the Company entered into additional interest rate swap agreements in conjunction with the Incremental Term Loans (all outstanding interest rate swap agreements are collectively referred to as the “Swaps”).
The Swaps have a maturity date of March 23, 2018 to match the term of the Credit Facility term loans. The Swaps have been designated as effective hedges of the Company’s variable rate debt and qualify for hedge accounting. See note 6, Derivatives, for further disclosures related to these derivative instruments. As a result of the Swaps, the interest rate on the borrowings under the Credit Facility term loans have been effectively converted from a variable rate to a weighted average fixed rate of 5.06%.
The terms of the Senior Notes and Credit Facility provide for certain financial and nonfinancial covenants. As of March 31, 2014, the Company was in compliance with all required covenants.
Principal payments scheduled to be made on the Company’s debt obligations 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