Biglari Capital Corp. Has Received A Highly Confident Letter From Jefferies On
Cracker Barrel's Required Financing For The Proposed Special Dividend Of $20
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Oct. 24, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Biglari Capital Corp. today
announced that it has obtained a highly confident letter from Jefferies LLC to
arrange for debt financing to fund a $20 per share dividend paid to all
shareholders of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL).
Jefferies' highly confident letter is set forth below.
520 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
October 23, 2013
Biglari Capital Corp.
17802 IH 10 West, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78257
Attention: Sardar Biglari
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We understand that Biglari Capital Corp. and its affiliates ("Biglari", "you"
or "your") own approximately 20% of the outstanding shares of Cracker Barrel
Old Country Store, Inc. (the "Company"). We further understand that Biglari
would like the Company to pay a cash dividend to shareholders (the "Special
Dividend") of approximately $20 per share. You have further advised us that
you would like the Company to raise up to $800.0 million of funded debt in the
form of a new undrawn five year Revolver and a new six year Term Loan
(together, the "Debt Financing") to refinance the Company's existing debt and
fund the Special Dividend.
We are pleased to confirm that Jefferies LLC ("Jefferies", "we", "us" or
"our") is highly confident of its ability to arrange the Debt Financing,
subject to: (i) satisfactory market conditions and no material adverse change
in the business or prospects of the Company; (ii) receipt of ratings from
Moody's and Standard and Poor's and delivery of customary documentation each
that are satisfactory to Jefferies and the purchasers of the Debt Financing;
(iii) satisfactory completion of our due diligence on the Company; (iv)
Jefferies receipt of an executed engagement agreement with terms, including
indemnification, acceptable to Jefferies; and (v) approval from our internal
committees. We estimate the Company would be rated by Moody's and S&P pro
forma for the Debt Financing as a B1/B+ credit, respectively, and the Debt
Financing should price at a credit spread consistent with the broader B1/B+
index at the time of issuance.
Confidence in our ability to successfully arrange the Debt Financing is based
oOur review of publicly available financial statements of the Company;
oThe Company's steady track record of revenue and EBITDA growth;
oOur continuing activity in the U.S. Institutional Loan market; and
oOur success in placing debt financing for other restaurant companies,
including 34 restaurant debt financings since 2010 for an aggregate value
of over $7.8 billion.
For the avoidance of doubt, this letter is not a guarantee of the availability
of the Debt Financing. Nothing herein shall be deemed to constitute any
commitment by Jefferies to purchase or arrange the Debt Financing; such a
commitment shall be evidenced only by the execution and delivery of, and shall
be subject to the terms and conditions of, definitive documentation
satisfactory to Jefferies in its sole discretion.
By /s/ Chris Burns
Name: Chris Burns
SOURCE Biglari Capital Corp.
Contact: Bruce Lewis, 210-344-3400
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