GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced that the Company’s indirect, special purpose subsidiaries (the “Co-Issuers”) have issued and sold $1.3 billion of their Series 2014-1, Class A-2 Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes (the “Notes”). The Notes will bear interest at a rate of 4.277% per annum, payable quarterly, and will have an expected term of seven years. The Notes were issued in a privately placed securitization transaction. The Co-Issuers and their subsidiaries will own substantially all of the Applebee’s and IHOP domestic franchising, rental and financing assets and will use cash flows generated from these assets to make interest and principal payments on the Notes.
“We are very pleased to have successfully completed the securitization at an attractive fixed interest rate. The new debt structure provides for increased financial flexibility and leverages our ability to consistently generate strong, stable free cash flow,” said Julia A. Stewart, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DineEquity, Inc.
Tom Emrey, Chief Financial Officer of DineEquity, Inc., said, “We believe the favorable market conditions and timing were optimal to take this significant step and better position the Company for long-term success.”
The Co-Issuers also entered into a purchase agreement for the issuance of up to $100 million Series 2014-1 Variable Funding Senior Notes, Class A-1 (the “VFN”), which will allow the Co-Issuers to borrow amounts from time to time on a revolving basis and issue letters of credit.
The Company expects to use the proceeds from the sale of the Notes to refinance approximately $761 million in outstanding principal amount of its 9.5% senior notes on or about October 30, 2014 and the entire outstanding balance of approximately $464 million of its senior secured credit facility, which was repaid at the closing. The remaining proceeds will be primarily used for transaction costs associated with the refinancing and general corporate purposes.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other security. The Notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
About DineEquity, Inc.
Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. With more than 3,600 restaurants combined in 19 countries, over 400 franchisees and approximately 200,000 team members (including franchisee- and company-operated restaurant employees), DineEquity is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. For more information on DineEquity, visit the Company's Web site located at www.dineequity.com.
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