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): May 4, 2012
THE CLOROX COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
1221 Broadway, Oakland, California 94612-1888
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
On May 4, 2012, The Clorox Company (the Company) entered into a $1,100,000,000 five-year unsecured revolving credit agreement (the Agreement) among JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Citibank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agents and lenders, and the other agents and lenders party thereto. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, acted as the joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners under the Agreement. Citibank, N.A. is also acting as the servicing agent under the Agreement. Amounts available under the Agreement are for general corporate purposes.
Concurrently with the effectiveness of the Agreement, the Company terminated its existing credit agreement, dated as of April 16, 2008, among the Company, as borrower, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Citicorp USA, Inc. and Wachovia Bank, N.A., as administrative agents and lenders, and the other agents and lenders from time to time party thereto, as amended. No material termination fees or penalties were incurred by the Company in connection with the termination of the existing credit agreement, which was due to mature on April 16, 2013.
Certain lenders party to the Agreement, directly or through affiliates, have pre-existing relationships with the Company, including one or more of the following: participating in prior credit facilities, share repurchase programs, bond offerings or derivative transactions; acting as dealers in the Companys commercial paper programs or as foreign exchange traders; or providing commercial paper safekeeping, investment banking advisory, cash management or pension services.
The Agreement provides the terms under which the lenders will lend funds to the Company and contains customary representations and warranties and customary affirmative and negative covenants, including (among others) restrictions on liens, consolidations, mergers and asset sales. The only financial covenant in the Agreement is a consolidated leverage ratio. The Agreement also provides for customary events of default, including (among others) nonpayment, covenant defaults, breaches of representations or warranties, bankruptcy and insolvency events, cross defaults and a change of control.
The Company has the option to elect one of two methods for calculating the interest due on borrowings (other than letters of credit) under the Agreement:
(A) the base rate, equal to the highest of (i) the rate set by Citibank, N.A. and publicly announced from time to time as its base rate, (ii) the sum of one half of one percent plus the federal funds rate, and (iii) the British Bankers Association Interest Settlement Rate applicable to U.S. dollars for a period of one month plus one percent, plus an applicable margin depending on the credit rating assigned to the debt under the Agreement or, if none, the credit rating assigned to the senior unsecured long-term debt securities of the Company (the Credit Rating);
or (B) a rate equal to the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, plus an applicable margin depending on the Credit Rating.
Letters of credit issued under the Agreement are subject to a letter of credit fee (which varies depending on the Credit Rating) and related fronting fees. The Company may also solicit bids from the lenders for a competitive bid borrowing. The Company is required to pay a quarterly facility fee, which varies depending on the Credit Rating.
The foregoing description of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement
The information with respect to the termination of the Companys previous credit agreement is set forth in Item 1.01 and is hereby incorporated in this Item 1.02 by reference.
The information set forth in Item 1.01 is hereby incorporated in this Item 2.03 by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
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.
THE CLOROX COMPANY
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