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Denny’s Establishes New 5-Year $250 Million Bank Credit Facility

Stocks in this article: DENN

Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, today announced that it has entered into a new five-year $250 million senior secured bank credit facility, comprised of a $190 million term loan and a $60 million revolving line of credit. The new facility refinances Denny’s senior secured debt from September 2010 and amended in March 2011, which had a term loan originally in the amount of $250 million and a $60 million revolver. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Regions Capital Markets, a division of Regions Bank, and GE Capital Markets, Inc. are the Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners with Wells Fargo Bank, N. A., serving as Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer, and Cadence Bank and RBS Citizens, N.A. serving as Co-Documentation Agents.

The refinanced facility has a reduced interest rate of LIBOR plus 300 basis points for the term loan and revolver. This compares to the prior facility which had an interest rate of LIBOR plus 375 basis points, with a LIBOR floor of 1.50% for the term loan and no LIBOR floor for the revolver. The refinancing is expected to result in annualized interest expense savings of approximately $5 million (including approximately $4 million of annualized cash interest expense savings), based on current interest rates.

The term loan will be amortized 10% per year paid quarterly with the balance due at maturity. In addition, the Company will have the opportunity to further reduce interest rates and increase its flexibility for the use of cash by achieving lower leverage ratios. The Company estimates that the closing of its new bank facility will result in a one-time charge to other nonoperating expense of approximately $8 million in the second quarter of 2012, as a result of charges for the unamortized portion of deferred financing costs and original issue discount related to the prior facility, and portion of the fees related to the new facility.

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