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Kansas City Southern (“KCS”) (NYSE: KSU) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (“KCSR” or “the Company”), has completed an amendment to its credit facilities, which consist of a $200 million revolving credit facility and two term loans with a total outstanding amount of $551 million, including a $285 million Term Loan A and a $266 million Term Loan A-2. The amendment eliminates or modifies a number of restrictive covenants in KCSR’s facilities in order to achieve consistency between KCSR and firms with investment grade credit ratings. The amendment also includes a “fall-away collateral” provision whereby KCSR’s facilities, which are currently secured, convert to unsecured obligations when investment grade credit ratings are assigned by at least two of the three primary rating agencies (currently, KCSR has one such rating, from Fitch). In addition to the amendment, KCSR extended the maturities of its revolving credit facility from July 15, 2016, to November 15, 2017, and its term loans from January 15, 2017, to May 15, 2018.
The amendment and extension required a 100% affirmative vote from the 21 participating lenders. Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as Joint Lead Arranger and Bookrunning Manager and Syndication Agent and J.P. Morgan acted as Joint Lead Arranger.
“This amendment positions KCSR’s credit facilities on par with those in place at investment grade companies,” commented Mike Upchurch, Kansas City Southern’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Our ability to achieve a 100% vote on this amendment from our bank group is evidence of our strong credit profile and the robust, supportive relationships we have built with our lenders.”
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS's North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.