Carriage Services, Inc. Announces Amendment to Credit Facility
HOUSTON, April 15, 2014
HOUSTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE: CSV)
(the "Company") announced today that it has entered into a fifth amendment to
the Credit Agreement (the "Fifth Amendment"). The new credit agreement under
the Fifth Amendment, increases, in total, from $235 million to $325 million
and continues to be administered by Bank of America, N.A.The Fifth Amendment
will become effective upon consummation of that certain Asset Sale Agreement,
by certain subsidiaries of each of the Company and Service Corporation
International, which was previously announced on March 5, 2014 (the "Asset
Following effectiveness of the Fifth Amendment, obligations under the Credit
Agreement will mature on March 31, 2019. The Fifth Amendment provides for an
increase in the revolving credit facility from $125 million to $200 million.
Borrowings under the term loan facility of $125 million are subject to
amortization payments of 7.5% of the principal amount in the first two years
following the Fifth Amendment effective date, 10.0% for the third and fourth
years following the Fifth Amendment effective date and 12.5% per year
thereafter. The Fifth Amendment also modifies certain financial covenants
pertaining to the Company.
Mel Payne, Chief Executive Officer, stated "We are pleased and appreciative of
the confidence our banks have shown in Carriage Services by increasing our
credit facility. We believe that the amended Credit Agreement increases our
financial flexibility and further enhances our acquisition program, while
allowing more capital for general corporate purposes and having a positive
impact on our future financial results by directly lowering our interest
expense and our cost of capital."
Statements set forth in this communication that are not historical facts,
including statements regarding the consummation of the Asset Sale Agreement,
are intended to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section
27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words "believe," "expect,"
"anticipate," "plan," "intend," "foresee," "should," "would," "could" or other
similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which
are generally not historical in nature. These statements are based on
assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable; however, many important
factors, as discussed under "Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary
Statements" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2013, could cause the Company's results in the future to differ
materially from the forward-looking statements made herein and in any other
documents or oral presentations made by, or on behalf of, the Company. The
Company assumes no obligation to update or publicly release any revisions to
forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements
made by, or on behalf of, the Company.
Carriage Services is a leading provider of deathcare services and merchandise
in the United States. Carriage operates 161 funeral homes in 26 states and 31
cemeteries in 10 states.
SOURCE Carriage Services, Inc.
Contact: Investor Relations, Bill Heiligbrodt, 713-332-8553
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