Air Canada completes $1.4 billion refinancing transaction

Air Canada completes $1.4 billion refinancing transaction

Air Canada announced today that it has completed its previously announced private offerings of senior secured notes, consisting of U.S.$400 million principal amount of 6.750% senior secured first lien notes due 2019 and C$300 million principal amount of 7.625% senior secured first lien notes due 2019 and U.S.$300 million principal amount of 8.750% senior secured second lien notes due 2020.

Air Canada also announced today that it has completed the closing of its previously announced U.S.$400 million new senior secured (first lien) credit facility, comprised of a U.S.$300 million term loan maturing in 2019 and a U.S.$100 million revolving credit facility (collectively, the “New Credit Facility”). The revolving credit facility was not drawn upon in connection with the closing.

“The successful refinancing of our 2010 notes is another important milestone in achieving our stated priorities: It significantly lowers our cost structure, strengthens our balance sheet and improves our credit profile,” said Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “The effective weighted interest rate decreased approximately 300 basis points, the maturity has been extended four years and the total availability under our new financing has increased by C$300 million on substantially the same collateral pool. We are pleased with the offerings’ reception, which reflects positively on Air Canada and our continued progress to reduce costs and achieve sustainable profitability.”

Air Canada received, in total, net proceeds of approximately C$1,300 million from the sale of the New Senior Notes and from term loan borrowings under the New Credit Facility (in each case, after deduction of the applicable transaction costs, fees and expenses). Air Canada applied a portion of such net proceeds and borrowings to purchase today all of Air Canada’s outstanding 9.250% Senior Secured Notes due 2015, 10.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2015 and 12.000% Senior Second Lien Notes due 2016 that were validly tendered on or before the early tender deadline, in connection with the previously announced separate cash tender offers commenced by Air Canada on September 5, 2013.

Air Canada will use a portion of the remaining net proceeds and borrowings to purchase or redeem any of its Existing Notes not tendered prior to the early tender deadline. In conjunction with the purchase of the Existing Notes, the premium costs paid, in the amount of C$61 million, as well as the write off of existing transaction costs and discounts related to the Existing Notes, in the amount of C$34 million, will be recorded as an interest charge in the third quarter of 2013. Air Canada will use the remaining net proceeds and borrowings for working capital and general corporate purposes.

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The New Senior Notes and Air Canada’s obligations under the New Credit Facility are senior secured obligations of Air Canada, guaranteed on a senior secured basis by one or more of Air Canada’s subsidiaries, and secured, subject to certain permitted liens and exclusions, by certain accounts receivable, certain real estate interests, certain spare engines, ground service equipment, certain airport slots and gate leaseholds, and certain Pacific routes and the airport slots and gate leaseholds utilised in connection with those Pacific routes.

The applicable margin with respect to loans under the revolving credit facility under the New Credit Facility is 4.50% with respect to LIBOR loans and banker’s acceptances and 3.50% with respect to the Index Rate loans or Canadian Prime Rate loans. The applicable margin with respect to the term loans under the New Credit Facility is 4.50% with respect to LIBOR loans and 3.50% with respect to the Index Rate loans. All such applicable margins are subject to the adjustment and other terms of the New Credit Facility.