Spark Networks, a social dating platform for meaningful relationships, completed the successful refinancing of its existing term and revolving loan facility with borrowings under a new term loan facility with MGG Investment Group.
The new term loan facility has a principal balance of $100 million and matures in 2027. Loans under the new term loan facility will bear interest at a rate equal to one-month LIBOR plus 750 basis points or the reference rate plus 650 basis points, as the case may be. Part of the proceeds of the new term loan facility were used to repay the company’s existing $85.6 million term loan facility and pay fees and expenses related to the refinancing transaction.
By taking advantage of extended maturity dates and improved covenant flexibility, Spark will have greater resources to invest in the business and deliver sustainable subscription revenue growth. The company expects to drive higher awareness, engagement and subscribers by leveraging its strong brands, unique and improving user experiences, a global online dating platform of scale and a more than $110 million annual marketing budget.
“Today’s announcement is another vote of confidence in Spark Networks and the opportunity we have in front of us to drive subscriber and revenue growth in the large and growing online dating market,” David Clark, CFO of Spark Networks, said. “The successful refinancing of our term loan facility will enhances our ability to invest for growth in a profitable manner and strengthens our financial flexibility.”
Spark generated $33 million of Adjusted EBITDA and paid down $17 million in debt in 2021.
Moelis & Company acted as exclusive financial advisor and placement agent to Spark Networks on the transaction. Morrison & Foerster acted as legal counsel to Spark in connections with the new credit facility.