Carnival plc (LON:CCL) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
The disclosure set forth below under Item 2.03 (Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant) is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.
Section 2 Financial Information.
On August 6, 2019, Carnival Corporation, Carnival plc and certain of their subsidiaries entered into an amended and restated five-year (with two one-year extension options) $1.7 billion, 1.0 billion and £150 million multi-currency revolving credit agreement (the Facility Agreement) with a syndicate of financial institutions, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Designated Activity Company, Bank of China Limited, London Branch, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Lloyds Bank plc, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., National Westminster Bank plc and PNC Capital Markets, LLC as mandated lead arrangers and Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Designated Activity Company as facilities agent. The Facility Agreement amends and restates the previously existing multi-currency revolving credit agreement, dated May 18, 2011, as amended and restated on June 16, 2014 and as further amended on May 18, 2016.
Borrowings under the Facility Agreement bear interest at an annual rate of LIBOR (or in relation to any loan in euros, EURIBOR) plus a margin based on the long-term credit ratings of Carnival Corporation. The Facility Agreement also includes an emissions linked margin adjustment whereby, after the initial applicable margin is set per the margin pricing grid, the margin may be adjusted based on performance in achieving certain agreed annual carbon emissions goals. In addition, Carnival Corporation is required to pay a commitment fee on the aggregate unused and uncancelled commitments under the Facility Agreement. An additional utilization fee is payable depending on the outstanding amounts under the Facility Agreement.
The Facility Agreement contains representations, warranties, covenants and events of default which are customary for a transaction of this type. Borrowings may be used for general corporate purposes and the unused credit is available to support commercial paper borrowings. Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc have each guaranteed the obligations of its respective subsidiaries under the Facility Agreement and have also cross guaranteed each others respective obligations.
The Facility Agreement will expire on August 6, 2024 (unless extended to two one-year extension options), at which time all outstanding amounts under the Facility Agreement will be due and payable.
Some of the lenders under the Facility Agreement and their affiliates have various relationships with Carnival Corporation, Carnival plc and certain of their subsidiaries involving the provision of financial services, including cash management, investment banking and trust services. In addition, Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc have entered into other loan arrangements as well as certain derivative arrangements with certain of the lenders and their affiliates.
This description of the Facility Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete terms and conditions of the Facility Agreement, which will be filed with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended August 31, 2019.