Daily News: April 5, 2013

Capital One Provides $35MM Facility to American Apparel

American Apparel announced that it has successfully closed a private offering of $206 million principal amount of its 13% senior secured notes due 2020 and has entered into a new $35 million five-year asset-backed revolving credit facility with Capital One Bank.

The company used the net proceeds from the offering of the notes, together with borrowings under the new revolving credit facility, to repay in full and terminate its prior credit facilities with Lion Capital and Crystal Financial.

“Our new debt arrangements, coupled with improved financial performance, will provide added flexibility in delivering upon our operating plan for 2013 and beyond, said Dov Charney, American Apparel’s chairman and chief executive officer. We appreciate the vote of confidence from Capital One and the purchasers of the notes and the completion of this financing effort will allow us to further focus our efforts in driving profitability for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.

I would like to personally thank Lyndon Lea of Lion Capital for his unwavered support as a lender during the last four years, even when others doubted American Apparel’s ‘Made in USA’ sweatshop-free mission, stated Charney. Also a special thank you is due to Michael Serruya and to Andy De Francesco of Delavaco Capital, Inc. in Toronto, for their initial investment which came at a critical time in 2011, and their continued support and friendship. At American Apparel we are focused on leveraging art, design and innovation to advance our business process, rather than relentlessly pursuing off shore cheap labor. We welcome bondholders to our family of stakeholders, and re-emphasize that it is our mission to ensure that all stakeholderscustomers, workers, shareholders, suppliers, and now bondholdershave a positive experience when touched by our business. We also welcome Capital One as our new bank, under our new five year agreement with them, which will greatly reduce our first lien borrowing costs. At this juncture it’s time to roll up our sleeves and build American Apparel’s future.

“Capital One Bank is pleased to work with American Apparel, a leading manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion basic apparel, to support the company’s recapitalization and growth strategy,” said Michael Burns, senior vice president and Asset Based Lending Regional Manager, Capital One Bank. “We look forward to building our relationship with American Apparel to help position the company for continued market leadership, growth and success.”