KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE:KAR) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE:KAR) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

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On December 18, 2018, Automotive Finance Corporation (“AFC”), a subsidiary of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (the “Company”), and AFC Funding Corporation (“AFC Funding”), a wholly owned, bankruptcy remote, consolidated, special purpose subsidiary of AFC, entered into an Eighth Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement, dated as of December 18, 2018, by and among AFC, AFC Funding, Fairway Finance Company, LLC (“Fairway Finance”), Fifth Third Bank (“Fifth Third”), Chariot Funding LLC (“Chariot Funding”), PNC Bank, National Association (“PNC”), Thunder Bay Funding, LLC (“Thunder Bay”), SunTrust Bank (“SunTrust”), BMO Capital Markets Corp., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal (as amended and restated, the “Receivables Purchase Agreement”), to which AFC Funding sells an undivided ownership interest in the receivables and related rights it purchases from AFC to Fairway Finance, Fifth Third, Chariot Funding, Bank of Montreal, PNC, Thunder Bay and SunTrust (collectively, the “Purchasers”). The Purchasers’ investment in the receivables and related rights, together with a return thereon, is paid from collections of the finance receivables held by AFC Funding.

Also on December 18, 2018, Automotive Finance Canada Inc. (“AFCI”), a subsidiary of the Company, and the Company entered into Amending Agreement No.2 to the Fourth Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement (as amended, the “Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement”), dated as of December 18, 2018, with BNY Trust Company of Canada, in its capacity as trustee of Precision Trust, a Canadian multi-seller conduit administered by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. (the “Trust”). to the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement, AFCI sells undivided interests in certain eligible Canadian-dollar denominated finance receivables to the Trust on a revolving basis.

The respective finance receivables sold and a cash reserve serve as security for the obligations to the Purchasers under the Receivables Purchase Agreement and for the obligations to the Trust under the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement. In each case, the amount of the cash reserve depends on circumstances which are set forth in the respective agreements. After the occurrence of a termination event, as defined in the Receivables Purchase Agreement, the Purchasers may, and could, cause the stock of AFC Funding to be transferred to the agent under the Receivables Purchase Agreement for the benefit of the Purchasers, though as a practical matter the Purchasers would look to the liquidation of the receivables under the transaction documents as their primary remedy. Upon the occurrence of a termination event under the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement, the Trust has discretion to liquidate the receivables under the applicable transaction documents as its primary remedy. Termination events, as defined in the Receivables Purchase Agreement, include, among other things, breaches of representations and warranties; failures to perform covenants and other obligations as seller or servicer; violations of financial covenants related to AFC, AFC Funding or the Company (including, among others, limits on the amount of debt AFC can incur, minimum levels of tangible net worth of AFC and AFC Funding, and certain financial covenants contained in the Company’s senior secured credit agreement); defaults in payment of other indebtedness of the Company, AFC or AFC Funding; violation of certain covenants related to the performance of the receivables portfolio; the occurrence of a material adverse change in the collectability of the receivables owned by AFC Funding or the business, operations, property or financial condition of AFC or AFC Funding; certain changes in control of AFC or AFC Funding; and certain bankruptcy events with respect to AFC, AFC Funding or the Company. The Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement includes substantially similar termination events pertaining to AFCI, AFC and the Company, as applicable.

The following provides a brief description of the amendments effected by the Receivables Purchase Agreement and the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement that are material to the Company.

Receivables Purchase Agreement

SunTrust became a party to the Receivables Purchase Agreement as a Purchaser and as Purchaser Agent for itself;

The aggregate maximum commitment of the Purchasers was increased from $1.50 billion to $1.70 billion;

The Termination Date was extended from January 31, 2020 to January 28, 2022; and

Certain definitions related to eligible receivables were modified to generally provide more flexibility to AFC Funding.

Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement

The Program Limit was increased from CDN$125 million to CDN$175 million;

The Termination Date was extended from January 31, 2020 to January 28, 2022;

The interest rate used to determine the discount to which the Trust is entitled was modified to be based on three-month CDOR plus a margin, rather than CDOR plus a margin, and the amount of the margins were reduced, resulting in a lower discount to be paid to the Trust;

Certain definitions related to eligible receivables were modified to generally provide more flexibility to AFCI; and

One of the Trigger Events, the occurrence of which would, among other things, alleviate the Trust from its obligation to purchase receivables, tied to the rate of payment on the receivables in the Trust and the definition of Cash Reserve Event, the occurrence of which would, among other things, cause an increase in the cash reserve required to be held by the Trustee, were modified to address seasonality in collections of the receivables.

Certain of the Purchasers and agents and their respective affiliates have, from time to time, performed, and may in the future perform, various financial advisory and investment banking, commercial banking and other services for the Company and its affiliates, for which they received or will receive customary fees and expenses. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. is the administrative agent and a lender and Fifth Third, PNC, Royal Bank of Canada and BMO Harris Bank, N.A., an affiliate of Bank of Montreal, are lenders under a credit agreement with the Company, the ultimate parent of AFC and AFC Funding.

In addition, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., or certain of its affiliates (“BMO”), previously acted as agent for the Purchasers and currently acts as a purchasing agent for Fairway Finance under the Receivables Purchase Agreement, was an underwriter in the initial public offering and secondary offerings of the Company’s common stock, and has, from time to time, performed, and may in the future perform various commercial banking and other services for the Company and its affiliates.

The above description of the amendments effected by the Receivables Purchase Agreement and the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Receivables Purchase Agreement and the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement, copies of which will be filed as exhibits to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. The Company intends to seek an order from the Securities and Exchange Commission granting confidential treatment for certain of the information included in the Receivables Purchase Agreement and in the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement, respectively.

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 in Item 1 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference in response to this item.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this Report include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and which are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties. In particular, statements made that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Words such as “should,” “may,” “will,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results projected, expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include those matters disclosed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

About KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE:KAR)

KAR Auction Services, Inc. is a provider of whole car auction services in North America, and salvage auction services in North America and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: ADESA, Inc. (ADESA Auctions), Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) and Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC). The ADESA segment is a provider of whole car auctions and related services to the vehicle remarketing industry in North America. The Company operates as IAA in the United States and Impact Auto Auctions in Canada. The AFC segment is a provider of floorplan financing to independent used vehicle dealers. It facilitates a marketplace by providing auction services for sellers of used, or whole car, vehicles and salvage vehicles through its approximately 240 physical auction locations, and multiple Internet venues. The Company facilitates the sale of over 4.4 million used and salvage vehicles.

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