Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Long-Term Debt

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Long-Term Debt
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Long-Term Debt
Long-Term Debt
 
Long-term debt consisted of the following (amounts in thousands):
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
9.125% Senior Notes due April 1, 2020 with an effective interest rate of 9.5%
$
579,525

 
$
578,078

Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020 with an effective rate of 12.5% (a)
12,000

 
12,000

Term loan, matures September 30, 2022, LIBOR plus 5.50%, subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.00% with an effective rate of 7.2%
1,061,199

 
1,066,130

$295 million revolving credit facility, matures September 30, 2021, LIBOR plus 4.00%, subject to a LIBOR floor of 1.00% with an effective rate of 5.1%
78,469

 
42,570

 
1,731,193

 
1,698,778

Less current portion of long-term debt
(11,000
)
 
(11,000
)
Long-term debt
$
1,720,193

 
$
1,687,778

 

(a)
The effective rate was 9.868% until February 29, 2016.
 
Senior Notes
 
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 September 30, 2017, the Senior Notes had deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $5,475,000.

The Senior Notes are guaranteed by all of the Company's existing domestic subsidiaries. See note 10, 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.
 
Credit Facility

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 $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").

On September 28, 2017, the Company borrowed an incremental $26,691,000 on its Credit Facility revolver to fund its October 2, 2017 interest payment due under the Senior Notes.

As of September 30, 2017, the Credit Facility term loan has a principal amount of $1,089,000,000, 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 $80,400,000 as of September 30, 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 September 30, 2017, $214,600,000 is available for borrowing under the Credit Facility revolver.

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 September 30, 2017, the Company has deferred financing costs and unamortized discounts, net of accumulated amortization, of $29,732,000 related to the Credit Facility.

In order to reduce the financial risk related to changes in interest rates associated with the floating rate term loan 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 5, 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 September 30, 2017, the Company was in compliance with all required covenants under these financing arrangements.

As of September 30, 2017, principal payments scheduled to be made on the Company’s debt obligations are as follows (amounts in thousands):
Remainder of 2017
$
2,750

2018
11,000

2019
11,000

2020
608,000

2021
91,400

2022
1,042,250

Thereafter

Total principal payments
1,766,400

Less:
 
Unamortized deferred debt costs and discounts
35,207

Total debt on condensed consolidated balance sheet
$
1,731,193