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CKE Expands Credit, Retires Bonds

16 Apr 2004

CKE Restaurants is significantly expanding its credit facility to replace its notes with lower-cost debt.

Ted Abajian
CKE Restaurants is significantly expanding its credit facility to replace its notes with lower-cost debt. Proceeds from the facility will be used to pre-pay and retire $200 million of senior subordinated notes at 91/8% that become callable May 1, noted Ted Abajian, CKE's executive v.p. and cfo. BNP Paribas, the incumbent lead, is leading the amendment. "I would expect most of the lenders to roll over and for some new players to come in given the expansion of the entire facility," Abajian said.

CKE currently has a $150 million revolver and $25 million term loan. Abajian declined to comment on pricing, but price talk was LIBOR plus 33/4% on the facility (LMW, 9/29). The new facility comprises a three-year, $150 million revolver; five-year, $170 million first-lien term loan; and six-year, $60 million second-lien term loan. The revolver and first-lien term loan are being talked at LIBOR plus 23/4% while price talk on the second-lien term loan is LIBOR plus 43/4%. "This does provide fairly substantial interest expense savings for the company, estimated at $6.5 million during the first year," Abajian said.

Syndication launched April 8. "It's moving along very well," Abajian noted. The loan was almost filled two business days after launch, market participants noted. CKE is the parent company of fast-food chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr. BNP Paribas bankers declined comment.

 

16 Apr 2004

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