FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — AutoNation, Inc., America’s largest automotive retailer, announced recently that it is in discussions with its existing lenders as well as new lenders with respect to a proposed new five year credit agreement with term loan and revolving credit facilities in the aggregate amount of approximately $1.5 billion, with an accordion feature that would allow the Company, subject to credit availability, to increase the amount of such facilities by up to $500 million in the aggregate.
The new credit agreement, which would represent an approximate $328 million increase in commitments compared to the Company’s existing credit agreement (without giving any effect to the accordion feature), would terminate in 2016 and would replace the Company’s existing credit agreement (including the term loan facilities due 2012 and 2014 and the revolving credit facilities due 2012 and 2014). With the new credit agreement, the Company expects to increase its maximum leverage ratio covenant to 3.75x and its maximum capitalization ratio to 65%. The Company also expects to lower its borrowing costs due to reduced interest rate spreads as compared to the interest rate spreads in its term loan and revolving credit facilities due 2014. Although the Company anticipates entering into the new credit agreement in December 2011, there can be no assurance that it will enter into the new credit agreement under the terms described above, or at all.
The Company continues to monitor current market conditions. If attractive opportunities become available, it may consummate one or more additional financings, including in the near term.
About AutoNation, Inc.
AutoNation, Inc., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is America’s largest automotive retailer. A component of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index, AutoNation owned and operated 257 new vehicle franchises in 15 states as of September 30, 2011. For additional information, please visit investors.autonation.com or http://www.autonation.com/.
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