Daily News: September 24, 2012

J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch Arrange Universal Health Amendment


Universal Health Services, Inc. announced that it has completed an amendment to its credit agreement dated November 15, 2010 as amended on March 15, 2011. The amendment provides for a new $900 million term loan A (term loan A-2) with a final maturity date of August 15, 2016 and extends the maturity date on the majority of the revolving credit facility and existing term loan A by nine months to mature on August 15, 2016. The amendment also provides for increased flexibility for refinancing and certain other modifications.

The company used $700 million of the proceeds from the new term loan A-2 to repay its higher priced term loan B facility. Current pricing under the new term loan A-2 is 100 basis points lower than the term loan B facility and does not include a LIBOR floor whereas the term loan B facility has a 1% LIBOR floor. The remainder of the new term loan A-2 was used to pay transaction related fees and expenses and to repay other floating rate debt.

J.P. Morgan Securities and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith served as the joint lead arrangers and bookrunners for the new facilities.

Universal Health Services, Inc. is a hospital company, operating, through its subsidiaries, acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.