Daily News: August 19, 2013

JPMorgan Chase Agents Live Nation Entertainment Refi

Live Nation Entertainment announced the completion of a refinancing that will yield the company approximately $12 million in annual cash interest savings. The company finalized an amendment to its credit agreement to provide for a new $335 million revolving credit facility, a new five-year $115 million term A loan facility and a new seven-year $950 million term B loan facility.

JPMorgan Chase Bank acted as administrative agent and collateral agent, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Toronto Branch, acted as Canadian agent and J.P. Morgan Europe acted as London agent.

Also, as previously announced, the company issued $200 million of additional 7.0% senior notes, due 2020, that will yield 6.2%. The company used the majority of the proceeds from the new term loans and the senior notes to repay its higher priced existing credit facility and its 8.125% senior notes, along with related fees and expenses.

“This successful refinancing will enable Live Nation to realize a cash interest savings of $12 million annually and increase our free cash flow. The favorable terms we received were no doubt bolstered by our solid financial track record and the market’s confidence in our three-year plan to continue to grow revenue, adjusted operating income and free cash flow,” said Kathy Willard, chief financial officer of Live Nation Entertainment.

The amendment to the credit agreement provides increased flexibility for refinancing and modifies the company’s senior secured credit facilities as follows: Reduces LIBOR floor for the term B loan facility to 0.75% from 1.50%; provides additional term loans of $65 million; provides additional revolving commitments of $35 million; and reduces the applicable margins of all loans under the facility.