QVC Credit Facility Refinancing 8-K

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

 

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): December 31, 2018

 

QURATE RETAIL, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

001-33982

84-1288730

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(Commission

File Number)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

12300 Liberty Blvd.

Englewood, Colorado 80112

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (720) 875-5300

 

 

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Item 2.03.  Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.    

 

On December 31, 2018, QVC, Inc. (“QVC”), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qurate Retail, Inc., amended and restated QVC’s existing credit agreement (as amended and restated, the “Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement”) and refinanced QVC’s existing bank credit facility by entering into a fourth amendment and restatement agreement with QVC and zulily, llc (“zulily”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qurate Retail, Inc., as borrowers (collectively, the “Borrowers”), JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the other parties named therein.

The Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement is a multi-currency facility providing for a $3.65 billion revolving credit facility, with a $450 million sub-limit for letters of credit and up to $1.8 billion of uncommitted incremental revolving loan commitments or incremental term loans. The Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement includes a $400 million tranche that may be borrowed by QVC and zulily, as co-borrowers. The remaining $3.25 billion and any incremental loans may be borrowed only by QVC.  The Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement provides a table of interest rate margins that is the same as the previous bank credit facility. Borrowings under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement bear interest at either the alternate base rate or LIBOR (based on an interest period selected by the applicable Borrower of one week, one month, two months, three months or six months, or to the extent available from all lenders, twelve months) at the applicable Borrower’s election in each case plus a margin. Borrowings that are alternate base rate loans will bear interest at a per annum rate equal to the base rate plus a margin that varies between 0.25% and 0.75% depending on the Borrowers’ combined ratio of consolidated total debt to consolidated EBITDA (the “consolidated leverage ratio”). Borrowings that are LIBOR loans will bear interest at a per annum rate equal to the applicable LIBOR plus a margin that varies between 1.25% and 1.75% depending on the Borrowers’ combined consolidated leverage ratio. Each loan may be prepaid at any time and from time to time without penalty other than customary breakage costs. No mandatory prepayments will be required other than when borrowings and letter of credit usage exceed availability; provided that, if zulily ceases to be controlled by Qurate Retail, Inc., all of its loans must be repaid and its letters of credit cash collateralized. Any amounts prepaid on the revolving facility may be reborrowed.

The loans are scheduled to mature on December 31, 2023. Payment of the loans may be accelerated following certain customary events of default.

The payment and performance of the Borrowers’ obligations (including zulily’s obligations) under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement are guaranteed by each of QVC’s Material Domestic Subsidiaries (as defined in the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement) and certain other subsidiaries of QVC that QVC has chosen to provide guarantees. Further, the borrowings under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement are secured, pari passu with QVC’s existing notes, by a pledge of all of QVC’s equity interests.  The payment and performance of the Borrowers’ obligations with respect to the $400 million tranche available to both QVC and zulily will also be guaranteed by each of zulily’s Material Domestic Subsidiaries, if any, and are secured by a pledge of all of zulily’s equity interests.

The Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement contains certain affirmative and negative covenants, including certain restrictions on the Borrowers and each of their respective restricted subsidiaries (subject to certain exceptions) with respect to, among other things: incurring additional indebtedness; creating liens on property or assets; making certain loans or investments; selling or disposing of assets; paying certain dividends and other restricted payments; dissolving, consolidating or merging; entering into certain transactions with affiliates; entering into sale or leaseback transactions; restricting subsidiary distributions; and limiting QVC’s consolidated leverage ratio and the Borrowers’ combined consolidated leverage ratio.

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Borrowings under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement may be used to repay outstanding indebtedness, pay certain fees and expenses, finance working capital needs and general corporate purposes of the Borrowers and their respective subsidiaries and make certain restricted payments and loans to the Borrowers’ respective parents and affiliates.

In connection with the refinancing, HSN, Inc. and its subsidiaries, other than the Cornerstone Brands, became subsidiaries of QVC as part of an intercompany restructuring by Qurate Retail, Inc.  Proceeds from QVC’s new credit facility were used to repay in full all outstanding debt under the $1.00 billion senior secured credit facility of HSN, Inc., and HSN, Inc.’s credit facility was terminated.

The press release announcing the refinancing of QVC’s existing bank credit facility and the execution of the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03. The foregoing discussion of the terms of the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 4.1 to QVC’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 4, 2019 (and incorporated by reference as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K) and is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

   

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)  Exhibits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

99.1

 

Press Release, dated December 31, 2018. 

4.1

 

Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of December 31, 2018, among QVC, Inc. and zulily, llc, as Borrowers, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Lead Arranger, Lead Bookrunner and Administrative Agent and the parties named therein as Lenders, Co-Bookrunners, Co-Syndication Agents and Co-Documentation Agents (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to QVC, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on January 4, 2019 (File No. 000-55409)).

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: January 4, 2019

 

 

 

 

QURATE RETAIL, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Wade Haufschild

 

 

Name: Wade Haufschild

 

 

Title:  Vice President

 

 

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Exhibit 991

Exhibit 99.1

December  31, 2018 


QVC Announces Refinancing of Bank Credit Facility 

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --  QVC, Inc. (“QVC”) announced today the refinancing of its senior secured credit facility with a new amended and restated senior secured credit facility. The new senior secured credit facility is a multi-currency facility, provides a line of credit of up to $3.65 billion and replaces QVC's existing $2.65 billion bank credit facility. QVC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qurate Retail, Inc. (Nasdaq: QRTEA, QRTEB).  

The interest pricing for the new senior secured credit facility is the same as the previous credit facility, and the maturity on the new credit facility extends to December 31, 2023. QVC's maximum leverage ratio covenant under the new credit facility will be 3.5x and the facility includes a $400 million tranche on which Qurate Retail’s subsidiary zulily, llc is a co-borrower, which are both unchanged from the previous credit facility. The new credit facility is secured by the stock of QVC, Inc. and zulily, llc.

In connection with the refinancing, HSN, Inc. and its subsidiaries, other than the Cornerstone Brands, became subsidiaries of QVC as part of an intercompany restructuring by Qurate Retail, Inc.  Proceeds from QVC’s new credit facility were used to repay in full all outstanding debt under the $1.00 billion senior secured credit facility of HSN, Inc., and HSN, Inc.’s credit facility was terminated. 

About Qurate Retail, Inc.

Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB) operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses. Qurate Retail, Inc.’s businesses and assets consist of its subsidiaries QVC, Inc., HSN, Inc., and zulily, llc (collectively, the Qurate Retail Group) as well as its interest in FTD, among other things.

Qurate Retail, Inc.
Courtnee Chun, 720-875-5420

Source: Qurate Retail, Inc.