Daily News: April 12, 2012

Denny’s Establishes New Five-Year $250MM Bank Credit Facility


Denny’s Corporation announced that it has entered into a new five-year $250 million senior secured bank credit facility, comprised of a $190 million term loan and a $60 million revolving line of credit. The new facility refinances Denny’s senior secured debt from September 2010 and amended in March 2011, which had a term loan originally in the amount of $250 million and a $60 million revolver.

Wells Fargo Securities, Regions Capital Markets, a division of Regions Bank, and GE Capital Markets are the joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners with Wells Fargo Bank serving as administrative agent and L/C issuer and Cadence Bank and RBS Citizens serving as co-documentation agents.

The refinanced facility has a reduced interest rate of LIBOR plus 300 basis points for the term loan and revolver. This compares to the prior facility that had an interest rate of LIBOR plus 375 basis points, with a LIBOR floor of 1.50% for the term loan and no LIBOR floor for the revolver. The refinancing is expected to result in annualized interest expense savings of approximately $5 million (including approximately $4 million of annualized cash interest expense savings), based on current interest rates.

The term loan will be amortized 10% per year paid quarterly with the balance due at maturity. In addition, the Company will have the opportunity to further reduce interest rates and increase its flexibility for the use of cash by achieving lower leverage ratios. The company estimates that the closing of its new bank facility will result in a one-time charge to other non-operating expense of approximately $8 million in the second quarter of 2012, as a result of charges for the unamortized portion of deferred financing costs and original issue discount related to the prior facility, and portion of the fees related to the new facility.

John Miller, president and chief executive officer, stated, “Our new credit facility is a testament to the tremendous progress Denny’s has made over the past several years with its franchise focused business model, resulting in a stronger balance sheet with growing profitability and free cash flow. In addition to reducing interest costs, this refinancing allows the company to further strengthen its balance sheet with more flexibility to create additional value for stockholders.”

Denny’s currently operates 1,685 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curacao, Puerto Rico and New Zealand.