SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions (the “Company”), today announced a successful repricing of the secured term loans under its existing credit facility. The lenders have agreed to an amendment that reduces the applicable interest rate margin at current borrowing levels for both LIBOR borrowings and base rate borrowings by (i) 50 basis points for the Company’s tranche A term loans and (ii) 75 basis points for the Company’s tranche B term loans. The consolidated leverage ratio as defined in the credit facility (i.e., consolidated funded indebtedness to consolidated EBITDA), was also modified for purposes of calculating the interest rate margin for tranche A term loans and revolving loans and determining compliance with the financial covenant by allowing the Company to exclude up to $75 million of certain corporate cash balances for purposes of determining consolidated funded indebtedness.
The applicable interest rate margin for the tranche A term loans will continue to be determined based on the Company’s consolidated leverage ratio, with the interest rate margin initially set at 2.75% for LIBOR borrowings, and 1.75% for base rate borrowings. The applicable interest rate margin for the tranche B term loans will no longer be determined based on the Company’s consolidated leverage ratio and will instead be set at 2.75% for LIBOR borrowings, and 1.75% for base rate borrowings.
In connection with the execution of the Repricing Amendment, the Company paid certain customary fees and expenses of Bank of America, N.A. in its capacity as administrative agent, joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner. MUFG Union Bank, N.A., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., and Citizens Bank, N.A., also acted as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and Bank of Montreal acted as documentation agent.
The Company expects annual interest savings to be approximately $11 million from this repricing based on current debt balances and LIBOR rates.
About WEX Inc.
WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX) is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. From its roots in fleet card payments beginning in 1983, WEX has expanded the scope of its business into a multi-channel provider of corporate payment solutions representing more than 10 million vehicles and offering exceptional payment security and control across a wide spectrum of business sectors. WEX serves a global set of customers and partners through its operations around the world, with offices in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Norway, and Singapore. WEX and its subsidiaries employ more than 2,700 associates. The Company has been publicly traded since 2005, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “WEX.” For more information, visit www.wexinc.com and follow WEX on Twitter at @WEXIncNews.
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