On July 27, 2011, Francesca’s Collections, Inc. (the “Borrower”) entered into an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the “new revolving credit facility”) with Royal Bank of Canada, as Administrative Agent, and KeyBank National Association, as Syndication Agent, which provided $65.0 million of revolving credit facility (including borrowing capacity available for letters of credit). The new revolving credit facility is scheduled to terminate on July 27, 2016. On July 27, 2011, net proceeds from the Company’s initial public offering, together with $41.0 million of indebtedness under the new revolving credit facility and $6.8 million of cash on hand, were used to repay the $92.0 million (including accrued interest of $0.6 million) outstanding under the prior senior secured credit facility. The prior senior secured credit facility was then terminated. In addition, in connection with the new revolving credit facility, the Company recorded $1.5 million of debt issuance costs that will be amortized over the term of the new revolving credit facility. At October 27, 2012, there were no borrowings outstanding under the new revolving credit facility.
All obligations under the new revolving credit facility are unconditionally guaranteed by, subject to certain exceptions, Parent and each of Borrower’s existing and future direct and indirect wholly owned domestic subsidiaries. All obligations under the new revolving credit facility, and the guarantees of those obligations (as well as cash management obligations and any interest rate hedging or other swap agreements), are secured by substantially all of the Borrower’s assets as well as the assets of each subsidiary guarantor.
The borrowings under the new revolving credit facility bear interest at a rate equal to an applicable margin plus, at the Company’s option, either (a) in the case of base rate borrowings, a rate equal to the highest of (i) the prime rate of Royal Bank of Canada, (ii) the federal funds rate plus 1/2 of 1% and (iii) the LIBOR for an interest period of one month plus 1.00%; or (b) in the case of LIBOR borrowings, a rate equal to the higher of (i) 1.50% and (ii) the LIBOR for the interest period relevant to such borrowing. The applicable margin for borrowings under the new revolving credit facility will range from 1.25% to 2.25% with respect to base rate borrowings and from 2.25% to 3.25% with respect to LIBOR borrowings, in each case based upon the achievement of specified levels of the ratio of consolidated total debt to consolidated EBITDA. Additionally, the Borrower will be required to pay a fee to the lenders under the new revolving credit facility on the unused amount at a rate ranging from 0.25% to 0.45%, based on the achievement of specified levels of the ratio of consolidated total debt to consolidated EBITDA. The Borrower is also required to pay customary letter of credit fees. During the thirty nine weeks ended October 27, 2012, amounts outstanding under the new revolving credit facility accrued interest at an average rate of 3.8%.
The new revolving credit facility requires the Borrower to maintain a maximum consolidated total lease adjusted leverage ratio and a minimum consolidated interest coverage ratio, in each case, on the last day of any fiscal quarter and includes a maximum capital expenditure in any fiscal year. The Borrower’s ability to pay dividends to the Company is subject to restrictions including a maximum secured leverage ratio. If the Borrower’s debt under the new revolving credit facility exceeds that ratio, it is restricted from paying dividends. At October 27, 2012, this ratio was within the required limit, thus, the Borrower would have been allowed to pay dividends.
The Borrower was in compliance with the debt covenants of its new revolving credit facility at October 27, 2012.