Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: AACC), a leading purchaser and collector of charged-off consumer debt, today announced that it has engaged JP Morgan Securities LLC to act as sole lead arranger and bookrunner to arrange a syndicate of lenders to fund new senior secured loans to replace its existing credit facilities.
The proposed transaction, comprised of a combination of revolving credit and term loan B facilities, will refinance the Company’s existing $233.4 million senior secured debt. The Company’s existing $100.0 million revolving credit facility will mature in June 2012 and the $133.4 million remaining balance on its term loan B will mature on June 2013.
The Company expects the new facilities, once completed, to provide increased capacity and enhanced flexibility to help fund ongoing growth of the business.
Rion Needs, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Given recent improvement in the credit markets, we saw an opportunity to proactively refinance our existing credit facilities to further increase our financial strength and flexibility. As we continue to execute our long-term growth strategy, which includes expanding our purchasing and collection capabilities, the new loans, along with our improving free cash flow, should provide additional working capital financing and allow for more opportunistic purchasing to grow our business.”About Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. For more than 45 years, Asset Acceptance has provided credit originators, such as credit card issuers, consumer finance companies, retail merchants, utilities and others an efficient alternative in recovering defaulted consumer debt. For more information, please visit www.AssetAcceptance.com. Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains certain statements, including the Company's plans and expectations regarding its operating strategies, charged-off receivables and costs, which are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include reference to the Company’s presentations and webcasts. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's views, expectations and beliefs at the time such statements were made with respect to such matters, as well as the Company's future plans, objectives, events, portfolio purchases and pricing, collections and financial results such as revenues, expenses, income, earnings per share, capital expenditures, operating margins, financial position, expected results of operations and other financial items. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions (“Risk Factors”) that make the timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence of these matters difficult to predict. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “should,” “could,” “will,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. There are a number of factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control, which could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Risk Factors include, among others: ability to purchase charged-off consumer receivables at appropriate prices, ability to continue to acquire charged-off receivables in sufficient amounts to operate efficiently and profitably, employee turnover, ability to compete in the marketplace and acquiring charged-off receivables in industries that the Company has little or no experience. These Risk Factors also include, among others, the Risk Factors discussed under “Item 1A Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other SEC filings, in each case under a section titled “Risk Factors” or similar headings and those discussions regarding risk factors as well as the discussion of forward-looking statements in such sections are incorporated herein by reference. Other Risk Factors exist, and new Risk Factors emerge from time to time that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Furthermore, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements.