Daily News: May 1, 2014

BofA Agents Pier 1 Imports ABL Amendment, New Term Loan


Pier 1 Imports announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Pier 1 Imports (U.S.), has completed the amendment of its $350 million senior secured revolving credit facility and successfully syndicated and closed the previously announced $200 million seven-year senior secured term loan B.

Proceeds from the $200 million term loan are intended to be used for general corporate purposes, including, among other things, working capital needs, capital expenditures, cash dividends and repurchases of the company’s common stock.

Revolving Credit Facility

The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pier 1 Imports (U.S.) amended its $350 million secured, asset-based revolving credit facility to allow borrowings under a new term loan facility. The revolving credit facility is secured by the company’s U.S. and Canadian inventory and the company’s third-party credit card receivables and certain other related assets, and is subject to a floating borrowing base. Additionally, given the new term loan facility, the facility is also secured on a second lien basis by substantially all other assets of certain of the company’s subsidiaries, with certain exceptions. According to an 8-K filing dated June 18, 2013, the lender group is led by Bank of America as administrative agent and collateral agent, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Capital Finance as joint lead arrangers and joint lead bookrunners.

Term Loan B Facility

The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pier 1 Imports entered into a new $200 million senior secured term loan B facility with Bank of America as administrative and collateral agent, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Securities, as joint lead arrangers and joint lead bookrunners.

The company has the option under the term loan to pay interest at a rate based on LIBOR, subject to a floor of 1.00%, plus 350 basis points, or at a base rate, subject to a floor of 2.00%, plus 250 basis points. The term loan facility is subject to quarterly amortization of principal equal to 0.25% of the original aggregate principal amount of the loans, with the balance due at final maturity. In addition, the Company is subject to an annual excess cash flow repayment requirement, as defined in the agreement, beginning with the fiscal year ending February 2015.

The term loan facility matures on April 30, 2021, and is secured by a second lien on all assets previously pledged as security under the revolving credit facility and a first lien on substantially all other assets of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, with certain exceptions.