CALERES, INC. (NYSE:CAL) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

CALERES, INC. (NYSE:CAL) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01.Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

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On January 18, 2019, Caleres, Inc. (the “Company”) and certain of its subsidiaries (Sidney Rich Associates, Inc., BG Retail, LLC, Allen Edmonds LLC, Vionic International LLC and Vionic Group LLC (collectively with the Company, the “Borrowers”)) entered into a Third Amendment to Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of January 18, 2019 (the “Amendment”) with a group of lenders named in the Credit Agreement (as hereinafter defined) (collectively, the “Lenders”) and Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent. The Amendment amended the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of December 18, 2014 (as amended, the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement matures on January 18, 2024.

The Credit Agreement provides for senior secured revolving credit facilities in an aggregate amount of up to $500.0 million, subject to the calculated borrowing base restrictions, which may be increased by up to $250.0 million (which may be further increased to account for excess borrowing base), from time to time during the term of the Credit Agreement, subject to the approval of the lenders assuming a portion thereof. Up to $100.0 million of the facilities may be used for the issuance of letters of credit and banker’s acceptances, and up to $50.0 million of the facilities may be used for the making of swingline loans. Borrowing availability under the Credit Agreement is limited to the lesser of the total commitments and the borrowing base (the “Loan Cap”), which is based on stated percentages of the sum of eligible accounts receivable, eligible inventory and eligible credit card receivables, less applicable reserves. As of January 5, 2019, the Company had approximately $10.5 million of credit extensions outstanding (including outstanding letters of credit), and approximately $139.5 million available for borrowing, under the Credit Agreement.

Interest on borrowings is at variable rates based on the LIBOR rate or the prime rate, as defined in the Credit Agreement, plus a spread based upon the level of “excess availability” under the Credit Agreement (i.e., the excess, if any, of (a) the lesser of the then Loan Cap, over (b) the outstanding credit extensions). The interest rate and fees for letters of credit varies based upon the level of excess availability under the facility. There is an unused line fee payable on the excess availability under the facility and a letter of credit fee payable on the outstanding exposure under letters of credit.

The Borrowers’ obligations under the Credit Agreement are guaranteed by each of the Borrowers and are secured by a first priority security interest in all of their respective accounts receivable, inventory and certain other collateral, including all proceeds of such collateral.

The Credit Agreement limits the Company’s ability to create, incur, assume or permit to exist additional indebtedness and liens, make investments or specified payments, give guarantees, pay dividends, purchase its stock, make capital expenditures and merge or acquire or sell assets. In addition, certain additional covenants would be triggered if excess availability were to fall below specified levels, including fixed charge coverage ratio requirements. Furthermore, if excess availability falls below the greater of 10.0% of the Loan Cap and $40.0 million for three consecutive business days or an event of default occurs, the collateral agent may assume dominion and control over the Company’s cash (a “cash dominion event”) until such event of default is cured or waived or the excess availability exceeds such amount for 30 consecutive days, provided that a cash dominion event shall be deemed continuing (even if an event of default is no longer continuing and/or excess availability exceeds the required amount for thirty (30) consecutive business days) after a cash dominion event has occurred and been discontinued on two (2) occasions in any twelve (12) month period.

In the event that the Company has not repaid, repurchased or defeased its outstanding 6.250% Senior Notes due 2023 at least 45 days prior to their maturity, the Lenders will take a reserve for the then outstanding principal amount of such senior notes.

The Credit Agreement contains customary events of default, including, without limitation, payment defaults, breaches of representations and warranties, covenant defaults, cross-defaults to similar obligations, certain events of bankruptcy and insolvency, judgment defaults and the failure of any guaranty or security document supporting the agreement to be in full force and effect. In addition, if the excess availability falls below the greater of (i) 10.0% of the Loan Cap and (ii) $40.0 million and the fixed charge coverage ratio is less than 1.0 to 1.0, the Company would be in default under the Credit Agreement.

Some of the Lenders under the Credit Agreement and/or their affiliates have or may have had various relationships with the Company and its subsidiaries involving the provision of a variety of financial services, including investment banking, underwriting, commercial banking, letters of credit, for which the Lenders and/or affiliates receive customary fees and, in some cases, out-of-pocket expenses.

The foregoing description is only a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Credit Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 2.03.

Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

The information provided above in response to Item 1.01 is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)Exhibits.

CALERES INC Exhibit
EX-10.1 2 ex101-thirdamendmentcredit.htm EXHIBIT 10.1 Exhibit Exhibit 10.1Execution VersionTHIRD AMENDMENT TO FOURTH AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT THIRD AMENDMENT TO FOURTH AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT (this “Amendment”) dated as of January 18,…
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About CALERES, INC. (NYSE:CAL)

Caleres, Inc., formerly Brown Shoe Company, Inc., is a global footwear retailer and wholesaler. The Company is engaged in the operation of retail shoe stores and e-commerce Websites, as well as the design, sourcing and marketing of footwear for women and men. It operates through two segments: Famous Footwear, which includes its Famous Footwear stores and Famous.com, and Brand Portfolio, which offers retailers and consumers a portfolio of brands from its Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion platforms. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 1,211 retail shoe stores in the United States, Canada and Guam. It offers brands, including Nike, Skechers, Converse, Vans, adidas, Sperry, New Balance, Asics, Bearpaw and Sof Sole. It also offers Company-owned and licensed brands, including LifeStride, Dr. Scholl’s, Allen Edmonds and Carlos by Carlos Santana. Through its Brand Portfolio segment, it also designs, sources and markets footwear to retail stores domestically and internationally.

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