Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corporation (Nasdaq:OSH), a neighborhood hardware and garden store focused on paint, repair and the backyard, today announced additional progress in the Company’s efforts to strengthen its financial position through refinancing and reducing its debt.
Today, the Company successfully closed on a new five-year Senior Secured Credit Facility consisting of a $120.0 million revolving credit facility and a $7.5 million FILO term loan, with Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Bank of America, N.A. The new facility replaces the Company’s existing $100.0 million Senior Secured Credit Facility.
During the past 12 months, the Company reduced its long-term debt by approximately $93 million and secured funds to remodel Orchard stores, primarily through the execution of multiple sale-leaseback transactions of Company-owned properties. The Company’s Real Estate Secured Term Loan was paid off in its entirety as of July 28, 2012.
“We are pleased with the progress we have made to strengthen the Company’s financial position, which includes substantially reducing debt and lowering our borrowing costs,” stated Chris D. Newman, EVP and Chief Financial Officer. “We are particularly pleased to have the new credit facility in place, which provides Orchard with additional borrowing capacity at better rates. We greatly appreciate the confidence that Wells Fargo and Bank of America have in our ability to manage and grow the Company.”
“We are proud to lead the Orchard Supply Hardware revolver and are excited to be a valued lender as the company solidifies its balance sheet,” said Keith Vercauteren, head of the Retail Finance Division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance. “Through ongoing collaboration, we look forward to enhancing our relationship in continued support of the company’s success.”
Newman continued, “Orchard was highly leveraged at the time of our spin-off from Sears Holding Corporation in December 2011; during the past 12 months, we have been analyzing the Company’s financial position and taking steps to deleverage the Company and improve our liquidity. After reducing debt, paying off our real estate loan and securing a new asset backed loan at lower rates, we are focused on the refinancing of our Senior Secured Term Loan. We believe these actions will provide us with greater flexibility as we pursue our strategic plans to reposition the business and transform Orchard’s store portfolio.”
The Company also announced that it has engaged Moelis & Co. to lead the refinancing efforts of the Senior Secured Term Loan.
Credit Facility Terms
Wells Fargo Capital Finance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), serves as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent and Bank of America, N.A. serves as Syndication Agent, together providing all of the commitments for the new facility. Wells Fargo Capital Finance, LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith Incorporated acted as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners. The new facility matures on the earlier of October 17, 2017, and the date which is 90 days prior to the final maturity date of any portion of the Company’s Senior Secured Term Loan. The new facility also contains an uncommitted accordion provision that, subject to certain conditions, allows the Company to expand the facility by up to $50 million. As of the closing, the Company had approximately $46.0 million of cash borrowings under the new facility, approximately $10.8 million of letters of credit backed by the facility and approximately $58 million in available borrowing capacity.
The interest rate on the revolving credit facility is equal to LIBOR plus an applicable margin ranging from 1.50% to 2.00% based on availability under the line, which compares to a range of LIBOR plus 2.50% to 3.25% on the Company’s prior facility. Amounts available under the credit facility are subject to borrowing base formulas as specified in the credit agreement. For additional information on the credit facility and the specific terms of the agreements, please see the Company’s report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC.
Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corporation is a neighborhood hardware and garden store focused on paint, repair and the backyard. Founded as a purchasing cooperative in San Jose in 1931, today the stores average 44,000 square feet of enclosed retail space and 8,000 square feet of exterior nursery and garden space, carrying a broad assortment of merchandise for repair, maintenance and improvement needs for the home and backyard. As of October 17, 2012, the Company had 89 stores in California.
About Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Wells Fargo Capital Finance is the trade name for certain asset-based lending, accounts receivable and purchase order finance services of Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiaries, and provides traditional asset-based lending, specialized senior and junior secured financing, accounts receivable financing, purchase order financing and channel finance to companies across the United States and internationally. Dedicated teams within Wells Fargo Capital Finance provide financing solutions for companies in specific industries such as retail, software publishing and high-technology, commercial finance, staffing, government contracting and others. For more information, visit wellsfargocapitalfinance.com.
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