Debt Redemptions, Repurchases and Extinguishment of Debt
In March 2019, we issued $75.0 million aggregate principal amount of additional 6.875% senior secured junior lien notes due in 2031 (“2031 Notes”) in exchange for an equal principal amount of the unsecured 6.875% debentures due in 2029 (“2029 Debentures”). See Junior Lien Term Loan Agreement section below for additional discussion. This exchange was accounted for as a modification of debt with no gain or loss recorded in earnings.
Debtor-In-Possession Credit Facility
As discussed above, in February 2020 we entered into a $50.0 million DIP Credit Agreement. The DIP Credit Agreement, which replaces our former ABL Credit Agreement, provides for a DIP Facility consisting of a new revolving loan facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to $50.0 million, which is in the form of revolving loans and a sub-limit of $3.5 million, in the form of letters of credit. Our obligations under the DIP Facility will be secured by all of our assets, whether now existing or hereafter acquired. The maturity date of the DIP Facility is no longer than August 12, 2021.
The proceeds of the loans extended under the DIP Credit Agreement may be used for purposes permitted by orders of the Bankruptcy Court, including (i) for working capital and other general corporate purposes, (ii) to pay transaction costs, professional fees and other obligations and expenses incurred in connections with the DIP Facility, the Chapter 11 Cases and the transactions contemplated thereunder, and (iii) to pay adequate protection expenses, if any to the extent set forth in any order entered by the Bankruptcy Court. We have the right to prepay loans under the DIP Credit Agreement in whole or in part at any time without penalty. Subject to availability under the DIP Credit Agreement’s borrowing base, amounts repaid may be reborrowed.
Loans under the DIP Facility bear interest based upon the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus an applicable margin rate of 3.5%. Interest on loans is payable monthly in arrears. If LIBOR is discontinued or is no longer reliable, borrowings under the DIP Facility would bear interest using the Base Rate plus 1.5%. The Base Rate is considered the greatest of the federal funds rate plus 0.50%, 1.5%, or the Wells Fargo publicly announced prime rate.
Any portion of the available DIP Facility that is unused is assessed a fee of .50%, which is also due monthly and in arrears.
The DIP Facility carries an early termination fee of 1.5% of the commitment amount being terminated within the first year of the agreement.
As of March 29, 2020, under the DIP Credit Agreement we had $12.5 million of available credit. The borrowing base is recalculated twice monthly and calculated based on secured advertising accounts receivable and inventory balances. It is also subject to seasonality of advertising sales around year-end holiday periods (and resulting growth in advertising accounts receivable balances).
The DIP Credit Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants that are typical and customary for debtor-in-possession facilities of this type, including, but not limited to specified restrictions on indebtedness, liens, guarantee obligations, mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, liquidations and dissolutions, sales of assets, leases, payment of dividends and other restricted payments, voluntary payments of other indebtedness, investments, loans and advances, transactions with affiliates, sale and leaseback transactions and compliance with case milestones. The DIP Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default, including as a result of certain events occurring in the Chapter 11 Cases. The DIP Credit Agreement was subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court.
ABL Credit Agreement and LOC Facility
The ABL Credit Agreement entered into in July 2018, among the Company, the subsidiaries of the Company party thereto, as borrowers, the lenders party thereto, and Wells Fargo, as administrative agent (“ABL Credit Agreement”) provided for up to $65.0 million secured asset-backed revolving credit facility with a letter of credit subfacility and a swing line subfacility. In addition, the ABL Credit Agreement provided for a $35.0 million cash secured letter of credit facility (“LOC Facility”). As discussed above, the ABL Credit Agreement was in effect until the Petition Date and then was replaced by the DIP Credit Agreement. As of the petition date, the ABL Credit Agreement was terminated other than for Surviving Obligations. Surviving Obligations include the ability to continue the previously collateralized letters of credit to maturity