Daily News: May 19, 2017

JPMorgan Agents $175MM Essent Group Upsize


Essent Group amended its credit facility to increase the total facility from $200 million to $375 million.

The amendment includes terms that provide for:

  • An increase in the revolving credit facility from $200 million to $250 million and an extension of its maturity from April 2019 to May 2021
  • The issuance of $125 million four-year, non-amortizing term loan maturing in May 2021, the proceeds of which were used at closing to pay down borrowings previously drawn under the revolving credit facility.
  • An option to increase the credit facility to $450 million during its term

According to a related 8-K filing, JPMorgan Chase Bank served as administrative agent. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Royal Bank of Canada acted as joint lead arrangers and joint book runners. Bank of America, U.S. Bank, Associated Bank, Citizens Bank and Santander Bank were part of the lender group.

Borrowings under the facility are available for working capital and general corporate purposes, including, without limitation, capital contributions to Essent’s insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries.

“The credit facility further enhances our financial flexibility to support our ongoing growth,” said Mark Casale, chairman and CEO. “We are very pleased with the amended terms of the facility, which we believe are reflective of Essent’s strong financial profile.”

Borrowings under the revolving credit facility and term loan will accrue interest at a floating rate tied to a standard short-term borrowing index, selected at the company’s option, plus an applicable margin. On the closing date, the minimum interest rate for any borrowings was one-month LIBOR + 2.0%.