Section 1 – Registrant’s Business and Operations
Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
The information set forth in Item 2.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.
Section 2 – Financial Information
Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
First Amendment to Existing Credit Agreement
On September 24, 2012, Aetna Inc. (“Aetna”) entered into a First Amendment (the “First Amendment”) to the Five-Year Credit Agreement dated as of March 27, 2012 (the “Existing Credit Agreement”), with the various lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“JPMorgan”), as administrative agent. Aetna also entered into an Incremental Commitment Agreement dated as of September 24, 2012 (the “Incremental Commitment” and, together with the First Amendment and the Existing Credit Agreement, the “Amended Credit Agreement”), with the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan, as administrative agent. A summary of the terms of the Existing Credit Agreement may be found in Aetna’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 28, 2012, which summary is incorporated herein by reference.
The First Amendment provides Aetna the option to expand the lenders’ aggregate commitments under the Existing Credit Agreement by up to $1.0 billion, to a maximum aggregate commitment of $2.5 billion, subject to certain conditions precedent. Pursuant to the Incremental Commitment, Aetna exercised its option to expand the lenders’ aggregate commitments under the Existing Credit Agreement by $500 million, to a maximum aggregate amount of revolving loans and letters of credit outstanding of $2.0 billion. Accordingly, Aetna now has the option to expand the lenders’ aggregate commitments under the Amended Credit Agreement in the future by up to an additional $500 million, subject to certain conditions precedent.
Entry into Bridge Credit Agreement
On September 24, 2012, Aetna entered into a 364-day bridge credit agreement (the “Bridge Credit Agreement”). Under the Bridge Credit Agreement, Goldman Sachs Bank USA (“Goldman”) is the administrative agent. In addition to Goldman, twelve other lenders are party to the Bridge Credit Agreement. The maximum aggregate loan commitment of any single lender under the Bridge Credit Agreement is $400 million. Goldman, Sachs & Co., an affiliate of Goldman, and UBS Securities LLC, a party to the Bridge Credit Agreement, also are serving as financial advisors to Aetna in connection with its proposed acquisition (the “Proposed Acquisition”) of Coventry Health Care, Inc. (“Coventry”).
Under the Bridge Credit Agreement, Aetna may borrow on an unsecured basis an aggregate principal amount of up to $2.0 billion to the extent Aetna has not received $2.0 billion in net cash proceeds from issuing its senior notes or from certain other transactions on or prior to the Closing Date (as defined below). Any proceeds of the Bridge Credit Agreement are required to be used to fund the Proposed Acquisition and to pay fees and expenses incurred in connection with the Proposed Acquisition. Any borrowings under the Bridge Credit Agreement mature 364 days after the closing of the Proposed Acquisition (the “Closing Date”).
Amounts outstanding under the Bridge Credit Agreement will bear interest, at Aetna’s option, either (a) at the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”); or (b) at the base rate (defined as the highest of (i) the prime rate, (ii) the federal funds effective rate plus 0.50% per annum and (iii) LIBOR for an interest period of one month plus 1.00% per annum), plus, in each case, the applicable LIBOR margin or base rate margin depending upon the ratings of long-term indebtedness of Aetna. The minimum and maximum LIBOR margins are 1.00% and 1.75% per annum, respectively, and the minimum and maximum base rate margins are 0% and 0.75% per annum, respectively, provided, however, that the applicable margins will increase by 0.25% per annum on the 90th day following the Closing Date and by an additional 0.25% per annum each 90th day thereafter while loans remain outstanding under the Bridge Credit Agreement. Aetna will also pay to each lender on each of the following dates a duration fee equal to the following applicable percentages of the aggregate principal amount of such lender’s loans outstanding on such date: (i) 90 days after the Closing Date, 0.50%; (ii) 180 days after the Closing Date, 1.00%; and (iii) 270 days after the Closing Date, 1.50%. Aetna will also pay the lenders certain other fees.
The lenders' undrawn commitments under the Bridge Credit Agreement will be automatically and permanently reduced in an amount equal to, and Aetna also will be required to make prepayments of any outstanding loans under the Bridge Credit Agreement with, the (i) net cash proceeds from the issuance of debt of Aetna or any of its subsidiaries, (ii) net cash proceeds from the issuance of equity of Aetna and (iii) net cash proceeds in excess of $300 million received by Aetna or any of its subsidiaries from non-ordinary course asset sales, in each case subject to certain exceptions.
The Bridge Credit Agreement contains customary events of default, the occurrence of which would permit the lenders to accelerate payment of the full amounts outstanding. Additionally, the Bridge Credit Agreement contains customary representations and warranties, affirmative covenants and negative covenants. The Bridge Credit Agreement events of default, respresentations and warranties, and affirmative and negative covernants are substantially the same as those under the Existing Credit Agreement. The Bridge Credit Agreement also contains a covenant limiting “Restricted Payments” (as defined in the Bridge Credit Agreement) by Aetna, subject to certain exceptions and baskets, including an exception permitting the payment of regular cash dividends.
The funding of the Bridge Credit Agreement is subject to various conditions precedent including: (i) the consummation of the Proposed Acquisition; (ii) the absence of any “Acquired Business Material Adverse Effect” (as defined in the Bridge Credit Agreement); (iii) the accuracy on and as of the Closing Date of certain representations and warranties related to both Aetna and Coventry; (iv) termination of Coventry’s existing credit agreement dated as of June 22, 2011; (v) Aetna having used commercially reasonable efforts to cause a senior notes issuance to occur prior to the Closing Date; and (vi) other customary closing conditions each as more fully described in the Bridge Credit Agreement.
In the ordinary course of their respective businesses, the various agents and certain lenders under the Amended Credit Agreement and the Bridge Credit Agreement and their affiliates have performed, perform and may in the future perform, normal commercial banking, investment banking and/or advisory services for Aetna and its affiliates from time to time for which they have received, or will receive, customary fees and expenses.
The foregoing summaries of the Amended Credit Agreement and the Bridge Credit Agreement, and the transactions contemplated thereby, are not complete and are qualified in their entirety by the full text of the Amended Credit Agreement and the Bridge Credit Agreement, which are filed as Exhibits 99.1, 99.2, 99.3 and 99.4 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and are incorporated herein by reference. You are encouraged to read the Amended Credit Agreement and the Bridge Credit Agreement in their entirety.