Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories and maintenance items, announced today that it has entered into a new $1 billion unsecured revolving credit facility, maturing in December 2018, and a $700 million unsecured term loan, maturing five years from the date of funding. These facilities replace the Company’s existing $750 million revolving credit facility, which matures in May 2016. The proceeds of the loans are expected to be used to finance the recently announced acquisition of General Parts International, Inc. (GPII) and for general corporate purposes.
“We are pleased to have completed our financing for the pending strategic acquisition of General Parts and remain committed to maintaining our investment grade credit ratings,” said Mike Norona, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Advance Auto Parts.
The interest rates on borrowings under the facilities are based on adjusted LIBOR plus a margin or, at the Company’s option, on an alternate base rate plus a margin. The margins for both types of borrowings are based on the Company’s credit ratings.
About Advance Auto PartsHeadquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of October 5, 2013, the Company operated 4,018 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com. About General Parts International, Inc. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and founded in 1962 by Chairman O. Temple Sloan Jr., General Parts is a leading distributor and retailer of replacement parts, supplies, tools and equipment for automobiles, light and heavy trucks, off-road equipment, buses, recreational equipment, and agricultural equipment. As of September 30, 2013, GPII operates the CARQUEST auto parts distribution network, with 38 distribution centers, 1,246 company operated stores across the US and Canada and 1,418 independently owned CARQUEST locations primarily in the US and Canada. It also operates WORLDPAC, a leading importer and distributor of original equipment and quality aftermarket replacement automotive parts to import specialists in North America and Puerto Rico operating four main distribution centers and 102 facilities across the US and Canada. More information about General Parts International Inc. can be found on the company’s websites: www.CARQUEST.com and at www.WORLDPAC.com. Forward Looking Statements Certain statements contained in this communication are forward-looking statements, as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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