This excerpt taken from the T 10-K filed Feb 26, 2007.
Credit Facility In July 2006, we replaced our three-year $6,000 credit agreement with a five-year $6,000 credit agreement with a syndicate of investment and commercial banks. The current agreement will expire in July 2011. The available credit under this agreement increased by an additional $4,000 when we completed our acquisition of BellSouth. This incremental available credit is intended to replace BellSouths $3,000 credit facility, which was terminated in January 2007. We have the right to request the lenders to further increase their commitments (i.e., raise the available credit) up to an additional $2,000, provided no event of default under the credit agreement has occurred. We also have the right to terminate, in whole
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Dollars in millions except per share amounts
or in part, amounts committed by the lenders under this agreement in excess of any outstanding advances; however, any such terminated commitments may not be reinstated. Advances under this agreement may be used for general corporate purposes, including support of commercial paper borrowings and other short-term borrowings. There is no material adverse change provision governing the drawdown of advances under this credit agreement. This agreement contains a negative pledge covenant, which requires that, if at any time we or a subsidiary pledge assets or otherwise permits a lien on its properties, advances under this agreement will be ratably secured, subject to specified exceptions. We must maintain a debt-to-EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and other modifications described in the agreement) financial ratio covenant of not more than three-to-one as of the last day of each fiscal quarter for the four quarters then ended. We are in compliance with all covenants under the agreement. We had no borrowings outstanding under committed lines of credit as of December 31, 2006 or 2005.
Defaults under the agreement, which would permit the lenders to accelerate required payment, include nonpayment of principal or interest beyond any applicable grace period; failure by AT&T or any subsidiary to pay when due other debt above a threshold amount that results in acceleration of that debt (commonly referred to as cross-acceleration) or commencement by a creditor of enforcement proceedings within a specified period after a money judgment above a threshold amount has become final; acquisition by any person of beneficial ownership of more than 50% of AT&T common shares or a change of more than a majority of AT&Ts directors in any 24-month period other than as elected by the remaining directors (commonly referred to as a change-of-control); material breaches of representations in the agreement; failure to comply with the negative pledge or debt-to-EBITDA ratio covenants described above; failure to comply with other covenants for a specified period after notice; failure by AT&T or certain affiliates to make certain minimum funding payments under ERISA; and specified events of bankruptcy or insolvency.