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Long-Term Debt and Credit Facilities
9 Months Ended
Oct. 27, 2012
Long-Term Debt and Credit Facilities  
Long-Term Debt and Credit Facilities

7. Long-Term Debt and Credit Facilities

        On August 10, 2011, Lerner New York, Inc., Lernco, Inc. and Lerner New York Outlet, Inc., wholly-owned indirect subsidiaries of New York & Company, Inc., entered into a Third Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement (the "Loan Agreement") with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Agent and sole lender. The Loan Agreement expires on August 10, 2016. Concurrent with the closing of the Loan Agreement, the Company repaid in full the $4.5 million outstanding balance on the term loan under the prior agreement and wrote off $0.1 million of unamortized deferred financing costs related to the prior agreement.

        The Loan Agreement provides the Company with up to $100 million of credit, consisting of a $75 million revolving credit facility (which includes a subfacility for issuance of letters of credit up to $45 million) with a fully committed accordion option that allows the Company to increase the revolving credit facility to a maximum of $100 million or decrease it to a minimum of $60 million, subject to certain restrictions. Under the Loan Agreement, the Company is currently subject to a Minimum Excess Availability (as defined in the Loan Agreement) covenant of $7.5 million. The Company's credit facility contains other covenants, including restrictions on the Company's ability to pay dividends on its common stock; to incur additional indebtedness; and to prepay, redeem, defease or purchase other debt. Subject to such restrictions, the Company may incur more debt for working capital, capital expenditures, stock repurchases, acquisitions and for other purposes.

        Under the terms of the Loan Agreement, the revolving loans under the credit facility bear interest, at the Company's option, either at a floating rate equal to the Eurodollar rate plus a margin of between 1.75% and 2.00% per year for Eurodollar rate loans or a floating rate equal to the Prime rate plus a margin of between 0.75% and 1.00% per year for Prime rate loans, depending upon the Company's Average Compliance Excess Availability (as defined in the Loan Agreement). The Company pays the lender under the revolving credit facility a monthly fee on outstanding commercial letters of credit at a rate of between 0.875% and 1.00% per year and on standby letters of credit at a rate of between 1.75% and 2.00% per year, depending upon the Company's Average Compliance Excess Availability, plus a monthly fee on a proportion of the unused commitments under the revolving credit facility at a rate of 0.375% per year.

        The maximum borrowing availability under the Company's revolving credit facility is determined by a monthly borrowing base calculation that is based on the application of specified advance rates against inventory and certain other eligible assets. As of October 27, 2012, the Company had availability under its revolving credit facility of $56.1 million, net of letters of credit outstanding of $12.3 million, as compared to availability of $36.6 million, net of letters of credit outstanding of $7.2 million, as of January 28, 2012, and $53.7 million, net of letters of credit outstanding of $8.3 million, as of October 29, 2011.

        The lender has been granted a pledge of the common stock of Lerner Holding and certain of its subsidiaries, and a first priority security interest in substantially all other tangible and intangible assets of New York & Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries, as collateral for the Company's obligations under the credit facility. In addition, New York & Company, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries have fully and unconditionally guaranteed the credit facility, and such guarantees are joint and several.