CLEARWATER PAPER CORPORATION (NYSE:CLW) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

CLEARWATER PAPER CORPORATION (NYSE:CLW) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On January 5, 2018, Clearwater Paper Corporation (the “Company”) entered into substantially similar amendments to each of the following credit agreements to which it is a party (the “Amendments”): (i) the credit agreement dated as of October 31, 2016, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto (the “Commercial Bank Agreement”); and (ii) the credit agreement dated as of October 31, 2016, with Northwest Farm Credit Services, PCA, as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto (together with the Commercial Bank Agreement, the “Credit Agreements”).

While the Company was in compliance with the previous financial covenants, the purpose of the Amendments is to allow greater flexibility during the periods set forth below in the event that there is a need for additional future borrowings to fund the Company’s ongoing major capital projects, including in particular the new tissue machine and related converting equipment under construction at the Company’s facility in Shelby, North Carolina. The Amendments involve the following changes to the Credit Agreements:

increasing the consolidated total leverage ratio from 4.00 to 1.00 to (i) 4.50 to 1.00 for the quarter ending December 31, 2017 and for each quarter ending in 2018, and (ii) 4.25 to 1.00 for each quarter ending in 2019; thereafter the consolidated leverage ratio would be revert back to 4.00 to 1.00; and

decreasing the consolidated interest coverage ratio from 2.25 to 1.00 to 1.75 to 1.00 through the end of 2020; thereafter the consolidated leverage ratio would revert back to 2.25 to 1.00.

The foregoing description of the Amendments is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment to Commercial Bank Agreement which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1, and the Amendment to Farm Credit Agreement which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.2, each of which is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibit Index

Exhibit

Description

10.1

Amendment to Commercial Bank Agreement, effective as of December 31, 2017, by and among the financial institutions signatory thereto, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association and Clearwater Paper Corporation.

10.2

Amendment to Farm Credit Agreement, effective as of December 31, 2017, by and among the financial institutions signatory thereto, Northwest Farm Credit Services, PCA, and Clearwater Paper Corporation.


Clearwater Paper Corp Exhibit
EX-10.1 2 clw-ex101_6.htm EX-10.1 clw-ex101_6.htm Exhibit 10.1   AMENDMENT TO THE Credit Agreement This AMENDMENT TO THE CREDIT AGREEMENT (this “Amendment”),…
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About CLEARWATER PAPER CORPORATION (NYSE:CLW)

Clearwater Paper Corporation manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home (AFH), tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The Company is a supplier of private label tissue to retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the Company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Products and Pulp and Paperboard. Its Consumer Products segment manufactures and sells a complete line of at-home tissue products in each tissue category, including bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and facial tissue. The Company also manufactures AFH and parent rolls for external sales. Its Pulp and Paperboard segment manufactures and markets bleached paperboard for the high-end segment of the packaging industry, and is a producer of solid bleach sulfate paperboard.

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