Rite Aid Announces Successful Amendment and Extension to Credit Agreement
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that it has entered into an amendment to its senior secured credit agreement, which, after giving effect to the amendment, consists of a $2.8 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility and a $350 million “first-in, last out” senior secured term loan facility. The new facilities extend the Company’s debt maturity profile and provides improved pricing on the “first-in, last out” senior secured term loan. The new senior secured credit facilities have a scheduled maturity date in August 2026, subject to an earlier maturity if Rite Aid has not repaid or refinanced its existing secured notes prior to such date. The Company’s amended revolving credit facility will bear interest at a rate of LIBOR plus 125 to 175 basis points (or an alternate base rate plus 25 to 75 basis points), depending on availability under the revolving facility. The Company’s amended senior secured term loan facility will bear interest at a rate of LIBOR plus 275 basis points (or an alternate base rate plus 175 basis points), compared to a rate of LIBOR plus 300 basis (or an alternate base rate plus 200 basis points) points prior to the effectiveness of the amendment.
“For Rite Aid these amended credit facilities, with their extended maturity date to 2026, greater flexibility and enhanced pricing for the term loan, not only represent a significant vote of confidence from the financial community, but more importantly provide continued support for our immediate and long-term strategic objectives under our RxEvolution strategy,” said Matt Schroeder, Rite Aid’s chief financial officer.
BofA Securities, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Capital One, National Association, BMO Harris Bank N.A., Fifth Third Bank, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., PNC Capital Markets LLC, Truist Securities, Inc. and ING Capital LLC, acted as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners for the amended credit facilities. Bank of America, N.A. continues to act as administrative agent and collateral agent under the amended credit facilities.
About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering healthcare services and retail products to Americans 365 days a year. Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. We provide an array of whole being health products and services for the entire family through over 2,500 retail pharmacy locations across 17 states. Through Elixir, we provide pharmacy benefits and services to millions of members nationwide. For more information, www.riteaid.com.
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