SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or
15(d) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 29, 2010
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On March 23, 2010, Santander BanCorp (the Corporation) and Santander Financial Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Corporation (Santander Financial), entered into a collateralized loan agreement (the Loan Agreement) with Banco Santander Puerto Rico (the Bank). Under the Loan Agreement, the Bank advanced $182 million and $422 million (the Loans) to the Corporation and Santander Financial, respectively. The proceeds of the Loans were used to refinance the outstanding indebtedness incurred under a loan agreement dated January 22, 2010 among the Corporation, Santander Financial and the Bank, and for general corporate purposes. The Loans are collateralized by a certificate of deposit in the amount of $604 million opened by Banco Santander, S.A., the parent of the Corporation, at the Bank and provided as security for the Loans pursuant to the terms of a Security Agreement, Pledge and Assignment between the Bank and Banco Santander, S.A. The Corporation and Santander Financial have agreed to pay an annual fee of 0.10% net of taxes, deductions and withholdings to Banco Santander, S.A. in connection with its agreement to collateralize the Loans with the deposit.
The Loans bear interest at a fixed rate of 0.778% per annum. Interest is payable at maturity of the Loans. The Corporation and Santander Financial did not pay any fee or commission to the Bank in connection with the Loans. The entire principal balance of the Loans is due and payable on May 24, 2010.
Upon the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default (as defined in the Loan Agreement) under the Loan Agreement, the Bank shall have the right to declare the outstanding balance of the Loans, together with accrued interest and any other amount owing to the Bank, due and payable on demand or immediately due for payment. In addition, the Corporation and Santander Financial will be required to pay interest on any overdue amounts at a default rate that is equal to the fixed interest rate payable on the Loans plus 2% per annum.
The Corporations and Santander Financials obligations to pay interest and principal under the Loan Agreement are several and not joint. However, the Corporation and Santander Financial are jointly and severally responsible for all other amounts payable under the Loan Agreement, including any indemnification payments due to the Bank thereunder.
The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Loan Agreement, a copy of which is filed herewith as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated by reference to this Item 2.03.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: March 29, 2010