Restaurant Brands Int’l to refinance, reduce debt
By Bakers Journal
By Bakers Journal
May 11, 2015, Oakville, Ont. — Restaurant Brands International Inc., parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, intends to offer $1,250 million in aggregate principal amount of first lien senior secured notes due 2022 and refinance its existing first lien term loan facility.
The net proceeds from the offering of the notes, together with cash on hand, are expected to be used to repay approximately $1,550 million of the issuers’ outstanding first lien term loan facility. The issuers also plan to refinance the existing interest rate on their first lien term loan facility. The issuers intend to launch the first lien term loan facility refinancing today and the notes offering and the related guarantees on or about May 13, 2015.
The notes will be first lien senior secured obligations and will rank pari passu in right of payment with all of the issuers’ existing and future senior indebtedness, including their senior secured first lien term loan facility. The notes will be guaranteed on a senior secured basis by certain of their existing and future direct and indirect wholly owned restricted subsidiaries organized in the U.S. and Canada.
The notes will be marketed (i) in the U.S. to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and (ii) outside the U.S. pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The notes and the related guarantees have not been registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the U.S. absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
In connection with the offering, the issuers plan to enter into a first amendment to credit agreement governing first lien term loan facility, dated Oct. 27, 2014, by and among the issuers, the other guarantors party thereto from time to time, the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent. The first amendment is intended to provide for, among other things, the reduction of the current interest rate margins applicable to borrowings made in respect of the first lien term loan facility.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.