Daily News: November 13, 2012

BofA, Others Close Term Loan for MRC Global

MRC Global Inc. announced the syndication and closing of a $650 million seven-year senior secured term loan B. The company used the proceeds of the new term loan, together with a draw under the company’s global asset-based lending (ABL) facility, to redeem all of the outstanding 9.50% senior secured notes due 2016 of McJunkin Red Man Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.

Bank of America is the administrative agent, U.S. Bank is collateral trustee, Goldman Sachs Lending Partners, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Barclays Bank and Wells Fargo Securities are the joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, Key Bank and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey are co-managers, Wells Fargo Bank is documentation agent and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith and Barclays Bank are co-syndication agents.

The company has the option under the term loan to pay interest at a base rate, subject to a floor of 2.25%, plus an applicable margin, or at a rate based on LIBOR, subject to a floor of 1.25%, plus an applicable margin. The applicable margin for base rate loans is 400 basis points and the applicable margin for LIBOR loans is 500 basis points. The margin will step down by 25 basis points if the company’s consolidated total leverage ratio (as defined in the term loan) is less than 2.50:1.00. At current LIBOR levels, the effective interest rate of the term loan is equal to 6.25%, as compared to an interest rate of 9.50% on the notes.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the company purchased in the open market $188.7 million in aggregate principal amount of the notes for $205 million. Borrowings under the company’s global ABL facility funded these purchases. The company expects to reduce its interest expense by over $50 million per year as a result of these purchases and the redemption of the notes, assuming the company’s current debt levels, the initial interest rate under the term loan of 6.25% and current interest rates under the company’s global ABL facility.

The term loan is secured by a first lien on all of the company’s assets, the assets of all of the company’s domestic subsidiaries and a pledge of all of the capital stock of the company’s domestic subsidiaries and 65% of the capital stock of the company’s first tier foreign subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions, other than the assets securing the ABL facility (which include the company’s accounts receivable, inventory and related assets), and by a second lien on this ABL collateral.

MRC is a global distributor of pipe, valve and fittings (PVF) and related products and services to the energy industry.