Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRGI) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRGI) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 9.01. ENTRY INTO A MATERIAL DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT.

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On November 30, 2017, Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Fiesta”), as borrower, and certain subsidiaries of Fiesta as guarantors (the “Guarantors”), entered into a Credit Agreement dated as of November 30, 2017 (the “Loan Agreement”) with a syndicate of lenders from time to time party thereto (the “Lenders”), JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (the “Administrative Agent”) as administrative agent and a Lender, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association ("Wells Fargo") as syndication agent and a Lender, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as joint lead bookrunners and joint lead arrangers, as further described in “Item 9.01. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation Under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant” which is incorporated by reference in this Item 9.01.

In connection with the Loan Agreement, on November 30, 2017, Fiesta and the Guarantors entered into a Pledge and Security Agreement (the “Security Agreement”) with the Administrative Agent, as administrative agent for the Lenders party to the Loan Agreement. to the Security Agreement, Fiesta and the Guarantors pledged and granted to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, a lien on and security interest in all of the right, title and interest in substantially all of the assets of Fiesta and the Guarantors, subject to certain exceptions specified therein. In addition, under the Security Agreement all of the outstanding capital stock of the direct and indirect subsidiaries of Fiesta was pledged as security to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders.

Item 9.01. TERMINATION OF A MATERIAL DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT.

On November 30, 2017, Fiesta terminated the (i) Credit Agreement (the "Prior Loan Agreement"), dated as of December 11, 2013, among Fiesta, certain subsidiaries of Fiesta, the lenders party thereto and Wells Fargo as administrative agent and a lender and (ii) Security Agreement dated as of December 11, 2013 among Fiesta, certain subsidiaries of Fiesta and Wells Fargo.

Item 9.01. CREATION OF A DIRECT FINANCIAL OBLIGATION OR AN OBLIGATION UNDER AN OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENT OF A REGISTRANT.

On November 30, 2017, Fiesta and the Guarantors entered into the Loan Agreement. The Loan Agreement provides for a revolving credit facility of up to $150.0 million (including a sublimit of up to $15.0 million for letters of credit). The Loan Agreement also provides that Fiesta has the right to request the Lenders (although they are under no obligation to make any such loans) or other potential lenders for incremental revolving credit borrowing increases of up to $50 million, in the aggregate, in accordance with the terms specified in the Loan Agreement. The Loan Agreement matures on November 30, 2022. Fiesta used initial borrowings under the Loan Agreement (i) to repay outstanding revolving credit borrowings under the Prior Loan Agreement, (ii) to pay related fees and expenses in connection with the Loan Agreement and (iii) for general corporate purposes. Fiesta made a revolving credit borrowing in the amount of $75,000,000 under the Loan Agreement at closing on November 30, 2017 (the "Closing Date").

Borrowings under the Loan Agreement will bear interest at a rate per annum, at Fiesta’s option, of (i)the Alternate Base Rate (as defined in the Loan Agreement) plus the applicable margin of 0.75% to 1.50% based on Fiesta’s Adjusted Leverage Ratio (as defined in the Loan Agreement), with a margin of 1.25% as of the Closing Date or (ii) theAdjusted LIBO Rate (as defined in the Loan Agreement) plus the applicable margin of 1.75% to 2.50% based on Fiesta’s Adjusted Leverage Ratio, with a margin of 2.25% as of the Closing Date.

Fiesta’s obligations under the Loan Agreement are secured by substantially all of the assets of Fiesta and the Guarantors (including a pledge of all of the capital stock and equity interests of the Guarantors) to the Security Agreement other than certain specified assets, including real property owned by Fiesta or the Guarantors.

The outstanding borrowings under the Loan Agreement are prepayable without penalty (other than customary breakage costs). The Loan Agreement contains certain covenants, including, without limitation, those limiting Fiesta’s and the Guarantors’ ability to, among other things, incur indebtedness, incur liens, sell or acquire assets or businesses, change the character of its business in any material respects, engage in transactions with related parties, make certain investments, make certain restricted payments or pay dividends. In addition, the Loan Agreement requires Fiesta to meet certain financial ratios, including a Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio and Adjusted Leverage Ratio (all as defined under the Loan Agreement).

Under the Loan Agreement, the Lenders may terminate their obligation to advance and may declare the unpaid balance of borrowings, or any part thereof, immediately due and payable upon the occurrence and during the continuance of customary defaults which include, without limitation, payment default, covenant defaults, bankruptcy type defaults, defaults on other indebtedness, certain judgments or upon the occurrence of a change of control (as specified therein).

The foregoing description does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Loan Agreement and the Security Agreement, which are attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.


Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Exhibit
EX-10.1 2 e617524_ex10-1.htm   Exhibit 10.1   Execution Version       J.P.Morgan        CREDIT AGREEMENT   dated as of   November 30,…
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About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRGI)

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (Fiesta) owns, operates and franchises approximately two fast-casual restaurant brands, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. The Company operates through the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana segments. Its Pollo Tropical is a fast-casual restaurant brand offering a range of Caribbean food. Taco Cabana restaurants offers a selection of hand-made Mexican food. Pollo Tropical restaurants offer Caribbean menu items, featuring its bone-in chicken marinated in blend of tropical fruit juices and grilled over an open flame. Its Taco Cabana restaurants serves Mexican food, including flame-grilled steak and chicken fajitas served on sizzling iron skillets, quesadillas, hand-rolled flautas, enchiladas, burritos, tacos flour tortillas, customizable salads served in its Cabana Bowl, and its breakfast tacos. It also offer a self-serve salsa bar, which includes a selection of made-from-scratch salsas, sauces, sliced jalapenos, chopped cilantro, chopped onions and other items.

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