Daily News: August 20, 2013

TD Bank Arranges Smith & Wesson Credit Facility


Smith & Wesson Holding said it has successfully completed a new $75 million unsecured revolving credit facility, expandable under an accordion feature that allows for the company to increase the size of the credit facility in $25 million increments up to a maximum loan of $175 million. The revolver was arranged by TD Securities as sole lead arranger and bookrunner and TD Bank as administrative agent. TD Bank, BB&T and People’s United Bank served as participants in the credit facility.

Smith & Wesson Holding, a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, said it has successfully completed a new $75 million unsecured revolving credit facility, expandable under an accordion feature that allows, in certain circumstances, for the company to increase the size of the credit facility in $25 million increments up to a maximum loan of $175 million. The new credit facility replaces the company’s existing secured $55 million credit facility that was set to expire in December 2014. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.

The revolver was arranged by TD Securities (USA) as sole lead arranger and bookrunner and TD Bank as administrative agent. TD Bank, BB&T and People’s United Bank served as participants in the credit facility.

Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Smith & Wesson executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, “The fact that the new credit facility is expandable and unsecured reflects a vote of confidence in the direction and strategies of our company by TD Bank and the other banking participants. This is the first time in the company’s history that we have achieved credit agreement terms comparable to what investment grade companies receive in the current market. This represents another step in our commitment to developing flexibility within our capital structure.”

Compared with the prior credit facility, the new credit facility provides increased borrowing capacity and more favorable terms and conditions, including a maturity date approximately two years beyond the expiration of the prior credit facility, improved financial covenants, and a reduction of approximately 75 basis points on average across the pricing grid. Loans under the credit facility will bear interest, at the company’s option, at a rate equal to the LIBOR rate, plus an applicable margin, or the prime lending rate, plus an applicable margin, subject to adjustment based upon the company’s consolidated leverage ratio. Based on current rates, should the company borrow against the credit facility, the interest rate would be approximately 1.70% for LIBOR rate loans and 3.75% for prime rate loans.