ITC HOLDINGS CORP. (NYSE:ITC) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01. Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement
Issuance of METC Senior Secured Notes
On July 10, 2019, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp. (the Company), issued $50,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.65% Series B Senior Secured Notes due 2049 (the METC Notes) in a private placement in reliance on an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). On January 15, 2019, as previously disclosed, METC issued $50,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.55% Series A Senior Secured Notes due 2049. The METC Notes were sold by METC to accredited investors (as defined by Rule 501(a) of the Securities Act) to a Purchase Agreement dated January 15, 2019 (the Purchase Agreement). METC agreed to sell the METC Notes subject to the satisfaction of certain terms and conditions provided in the Purchase Agreement.
The METC Notes were issued under METCs first mortgage indenture (the Mortgage Indenture), dated as of December 10, 2003, between The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, as trustee (the Trustee), as supplemented by the ninth supplemental indenture thereto, dated as of November 28, 2018, between METC and the Trustee (the Ninth Supplemental Indenture and, together with the Mortgage Indenture, the METC Indenture). The METC Notes are secured by a first mortgage lien on substantially all of METCs real and tangible personal property equally with all other securities theretofore or thereafter issued under the Mortgage Indenture, with such exceptions as described in, and such releases as permitted by, the METC Indenture.
Interest on the METC Notes is payable semi-annually on January 10 and July 10 of each year, commencing on January 10, 2020, at a fixed rate of 4.65% per annum. METC may redeem the METC Notes, in whole or in part, in an amount not less than $5,000,000 in aggregate principal amount in the case of a partial redemption, at any time or from time to time with not less than 10 days and not more than 60 days prior notice at a redemption price equal to the sum of (a) 50% of the principal amount of such METC Notes, (b) accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the redemption date and (c) a make-whole amount, if any, determined using a discount rate of treasuries plus 50 basis points. METC may also redeem the METC Notes in whole on or after January 10, 2049 at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the METC Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the redemption date. The principal amount of the METC Notes is payable on July 10, 2049.
The METC Notes and the METC Indenture contain events of default customary for such a transaction, including, without limitation, failure to pay interest on any Security (as defined in the METC Indenture) for five days after becoming due; failure to pay principal on any Security when due; failure to comply with material covenants contained in the METC Indenture, subject to a 30-day cure period; failure to comply with other covenants contained in the METC Indenture and the other financing agreements relating to the offering of the METC Notes, subject to a 60-day cure period; material breaches of representations and warranties; defaults in respect of obligations relating to certain debt; certain unsatisfied judgments; and certain events relating to reorganization, bankruptcy and insolvency of METC. If an Event of Default (as defined in the METC Indenture) occurs, any holder of the Securities may accelerate its Securities (rather than all the Securities) to any payment Event of Default; the trustee or holders of 25% (in the case of a payment default) or a majority (in the case of any other default) of the outstanding principal amount of the Securities may accelerate all the Securities to any Event of Default; and all amounts are automatically accelerated to any reorganization, bankruptcy or insolvency Event of Default.
The above description of the METC Indenture does not purport to be a complete statement of the parties rights and obligations thereunder. Such description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Ninth Supplemental Indenture, a copy of which was attached to the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K filed January 15, 2019 as Exhibit 4.50, and the Mortgage Indenture, a copy of which was attached to the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 as Exhibit 4.14, each of which is 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 set forth above under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.