Rite Aid Corporation’s $3.15 Billion Loan

Choate advised Bank of America on the deal

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced that it has entered into a new senior secured credit agreement, consisting of a $2.7 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility and a $450 million “first-in, last out” senior secured term loan facility. The new $3.15 billion credit facilities refinance Rite Aid’s existing $2.7 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility that was scheduled to mature in January 2020. The new facilities extend the company’s debt maturity profile and provide additional liquidity. The new senior secured credit facilities mature in December 2023, subject to an earlier maturity on December 31, 2022 if Rite Aid has not repaid or refinanced its existing 6.125% Senior Notes due 2023 prior to such date. The Company’s new revolving credit facility will bear interest at a rate of LIBOR plus 125 to 175 basis points (or an alternate base rate plus 25 to 75 basis points), depending on availability under the revolving facility. The Company’s new senior secured term loan facility will bear interest at a rate of LIBOR plus 300 basis points (or an alternate base rate plus 200 basis points).

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., BMO Harris Bank, N.A., Capital One, National Association, Fifth Third Bank, ING Capital LLC, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., PNC Capital Markets LLC and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., acted as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners for the new facilities. Bank of America, N.A. is acting as administrative agent and collateral agent under the new credit facilities.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with fiscal 2018 annual revenues of $21.5 billion. The company also owns EnvisionRxOptions, a multi-faceted healthcare and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company.

Choate advised Bank of America with a team including Mark D. Silva (Picture), Rick Thide, Melissa D. Waite, Saige E. Jutras and Alex Bossone.

Involved fees earner: Alex Bossone – Choate; Saige Jutras – Choate; Mark Silva – Choate; Rick Thide – Choate; Melissa Waite – Choate;

Law Firms: Choate;

Clients: Bank of America;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti