National CineMedia 8-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Earliest Event Reported: April 27, 2012
National CineMedia, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
National CineMedia, LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
9110 E. Nichols Ave., Suite 200
Centennial, Colorado 80112-3405
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2 below):
On April 27, 2012, National CineMedia, Inc.s (the Company) consolidated subsidiary, National CineMedia, LLC (LLC), completed a private placement of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (the Notes) to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A and to persons outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act).
The Notes were issued pursuant to an Indenture, dated as of April 27, 2012 (the Indenture), by and between LLC and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee (the Trustee). The Notes are the senior secured obligations of LLC, secured by first priority liens, subject to permitted liens, on substantially all of LLCs properties and assets that secure LLCs existing senior secured credit facility; however, LLC is permitted by the Indenture to enter into an asset backed loan facility. If LLC enters into an asset backed loan facility, the Notes will be secured by second priority liens on the portion of such collateral consisting of accounts receivable and cash or cash equivalents and first priority liens on the remaining collateral, in each case, subject to permitted liens. The Notes rank equally in right of payment with LLCs existing and future senior indebtedness, including LLCs existing senior secured credit facility, any future asset backed loan facility, and LLCs existing 7.875% Senior Notes due 2021 (the 2021 Notes), in each case, without giving effect to collateral arrangements. The Notes will be effectively senior to LLCs existing and future senior unsecured indebtedness, including the 2021 Notes, and any obligations secured by permitted liens on the collateral ranking junior in priority to the liens on the collateral securing the Notes, to the extent of the value of the assets securing the Notes. The Notes will be effectively subordinated to any obligations that are secured by any of LLCs assets that are not part of the collateral for the Notes or that are secured by liens on the collateral ranking senior in priority to the liens on the collateral securing the Notes (including, if LLC enters into an asset backed loan facility, with respect to the liens on LLCs accounts receivable and cash or cash equivalents), to the extent of the value of the assets securing the Notes.
The Notes will mature on April 15, 2022. Interest on the Notes accrues at a rate of 6.00% per annum and is payable semi-annually in arrears on April 15 and October 15 of each year, commencing on October 15, 2012. LLC is obligated to make each interest payment to the holders of record of the Notes as of the immediately preceding April 1 and October 1.
Prior to April 15, 2017, LLC may redeem all or any portion of the Notes, at once or over time, at 100% of the principal amount plus the applicable make-whole premium, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date. LLC may redeem all or any portion of the Notes, at once or over time, on or after April 15, 2017 at specified redemption prices, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date. In addition, at any time prior to April 15, 2015, LLC may on any one or more occasions redeem up to 35% of the original aggregate principal amount of Notes from the net proceeds of certain equity offerings at a redemption price equal to 106.00% of the principal amount of the Notes redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date.
Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control (as defined in the Indenture), LLC will be required to make an offer to each holder of Notes to repurchase all of such holders Notes for a cash payment equal to 101.00% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of repurchase.
The Indenture contains covenants that, among other things, restrict LLCs ability and the ability of its restricted subsidiaries, if any, to: (1) incur additional debt; (2) make distributions or make certain other restricted payments; (3) make investments; (4) incur liens; (5) sell assets or merge with or into other companies; and (6) enter into transactions with affiliates. All of these restrictive covenants are subject to a number of important exceptions and qualifications. In particular, LLC has the ability to distribute all of its quarterly available cash as a restricted payment or as an investment, if it meets a minimum net senior secured leverage ratio.
The Indenture provides for customary events of default (subject in certain cases to customary grace and cure periods), which include nonpayment with respect to the Notes, the breach of covenants contained in the Indenture, payment defaults on other indebtedness at maturity or acceleration of or foreclosure under other indebtedness, the failure to pay certain judgments, failure of liens securing the Notes to be enforceable or of the priority required and certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization. Generally, if an event of default occurs, the Trustee or holders of at least 25% in aggregate principal amount of the then outstanding Notes may declare the principal and accrued but unpaid interest on all the Notes to be due and payable immediately. In the case of certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization, all outstanding Notes will become due and payable immediately without further action or notice.
The foregoing description of the Indenture is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete copy of the Indenture filed as Exhibit 4.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.
Registration Rights Agreement
In connection with the private placement of the Notes, LLC entered into a Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of April 27, 2012 (the Registration Rights Agreement), with Barclays Capital Inc., as representative of the Initial Purchasers named therein. Under the Registration Rights Agreement, LLC has agreed to use its commercially reasonable best efforts to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to an offer to exchange the Notes for substantially identical notes that are registered under the Securities Act. LLC is required to use its commercially reasonable best efforts to cause the exchange offer registration statement to become effective, and to hold the exchange offer open for at least 20 business days. In addition, under certain circumstances, LLC will be required to file a registration statement for the resale of the Notes. If the exchange offer is not completed (or, if required, the shelf registration statement is not declared effective) on or before 270 days after the date of the Registration Rights Agreement, or if certain other events occur which constitute a Registration Default (as defined in the Registration Rights Agreement), LLC will be required to pay additional interest to the holders of the Notes.
The foregoing description of the Registration Rights Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete copy of the Registration Rights Agreement filed as Exhibit 4.3 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.
Amendment to Credit Facility
On April 27, 2012, LLC entered into an amendment (the Amendment) to LLCs senior secured credit facility dated as of February 13, 2007, as amended, by and among LLC, Barclays Bank PLC, as administrative agent, and certain lenders party thereto (the Credit Facility).
Under the Amendment, among other things:
The Amendment also amends certain provisions of the guaranty and collateral agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, between LLC and Barclays Bank PLC, as administrative agent, to permit LLC to grant a first priority lien on assets of LLC for the benefit of the holders of the Notes.
The foregoing description of the Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete copy of the Amendment filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.
Amendment to Swap Agreements
In connection with repayment of term loans as provided in the Amendment, a notional amount of LLCs existing interest rate swaps with Morgan Stanley Capital Services Inc., Credit Suisse International, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and Barclays Bank PLC (the Swaps), equal to $325 million (the aggregate amount of the term loan prepayment), were terminated, such that 100% of LLCs interest rate exposure relating to the remaining term loans will be hedged. LLC paid approximately $40 million in connection with the terminated portions of the Swaps.
The foregoing description of the Swaps is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete copies of the Confirmations of Swaps and ISDA Master Agreements filed as Exhibits 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.
The information provided in Item 1.01 of this Form 8-K concerning the Indenture, the Notes and the Swaps is hereby incorporated into this Item 2.03.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each of the Company and LLC has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.