Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that certain of its subsidiaries have issued $155 million of 2013-1 Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes (the "2013 Notes") in a private transaction. The net proceeds of the issuance will be applied to repay approximately $155 million of Series 2011-1 Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes (the “2011 Notes”) at par on July 22, 2013. The 2013 Notes will have an expected life of seven years and bear interest at 3.75% per annum, payable monthly, with no scheduled principal amortization. Guggenheim Securities, LLC acted as the sole structuring advisor and sole bookrunning manager for the transaction.
"We are very pleased that we were able to leverage the strength of our brand and business model to refinance a portion of our debt at a very attractive rate," said Clifford Hudson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This refinancing further optimizes shareholder value with an estimated $2.0 million to $2.5 million annual decrease in interest expense. We continue to build our brand and execute our key initiatives using our multi-layered growth strategy, comprised of same-store sales growth, operating leverage, new unit growth and effective deployment of free cash flow to drive double-digit earnings growth in the near and long term."
The subsidiaries that issued the 2013 Notes are indirect subsidiaries of Sonic Corp. that hold substantially all of Sonic's franchising assets and company drive-in real estate. The servicing and repayment of the 2013 Notes will be made solely from the income derived from these indirect subsidiaries' assets. Neither Sonic Corp., the ultimate parent of each of the subsidiaries involved in the securitization, nor any subsidiary of Sonic other than the subsidiaries involved in the securitization, guarantee or in any way are liable for the obligations of the subsidiaries involved in the securitization under the indenture pursuant to which the 2013 Notes are issued or the 2013 Notes themselves, or any other obligation of such subsidiaries in connection with the issuance of the 2013 Notes.