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Bank Syndicate Amends Richie Bros.’ Credit Facility

December 12, 2022, 07:44 AM
Filed Under: Auction News

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announced the closing of an amendment to its credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders pursuant to which, among other things, Ritchie Bros. obtained:

  • Amendments to the facility to specifically permit the  previously announced proposed merger with IAA, Inc. (the "proposed IAA merger"), including upsizing various covenant baskets upon the closing date of the proposed IAA merger to reflect the size and needs of the combined company
  • Commitments for a term loan A facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to $1.825 billion (the "term loan A facility") to be used to finance the proposed IAA merger
  • The ability to borrow up to $200 million of the revolving facility on a limited conditionality basis to finance the proposed IAA merger.

The amendment allowed Ritchie Bros. to permanently: (i) terminate the previously announced backstop senior secured revolving credit commitments in their entirety; and (ii) reduce the previously announced senior secured bridge facility commitments by the amount of the term loan A facility and the amount of existing term loans under Ritchie Bros.' existing credit agreement.

BofA Securities, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs Bank USA and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, served as Joint Bookrunners.  BofA Securities, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, The Bank of Nova Scotia and Export Development Canada served as Joint Lead Arrangers. Royal Bank of Canada, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Export Development Canada, HSBC Bank Canada, MUFG Bank, Ltd., Canada Branch, The Bank of Nova Scotia, U.S. Bank National Association, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Canadian Branch and Truist Bank served as Co-Syndication Agents.  Bank of Montreal, Citizens Bank NA, Desjardins, The Toronto-Dominion Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation served as Co-Documentation Agents.

"We are very pleased to have the continued support of our lending partners with this amendment of our credit facility," said Eric Jacobs, Chief Financial Officer.  "The amended facility highlights the strong support from our lenders for our business strategy and management team.  The amended credit facility is another step forward towards closing the proposed IAA merger."

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