Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced amendments to its USD and JPY term loan and revolving credit facilities, providing the company greater flexibility in its financial leverage ratio covenants. The amended leverage ratio covenants in the credit agreements permit a gradual increase in the leverage ratio from 5.0 times currently to 5.9 times at Q3 and Q4 2018, gradually declining to 3.5 times by December 31, 2021.
Michael McClellan, EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Teva, stated: “We are pleased to have the continued support of our lenders and appreciate their confidence in Teva and specifically in our robust restructuring plan.” Mr. McClellan continued: “This amendment is an important part of our plan to obtain additional flexibility with our credit facilities and manage our capital structure.”
As of January 31, 2018, the aggregate principal amount collectively outstanding under the USD term loan facility was $1.6 billion, the aggregate principal amount outstanding under the JPY term loan facilities was $1.4 billion and the aggregate committed principal amount (as of January 31, 2018 this facility remained fully undrawn) under the USD revolving credit facility will be reduced from $4.5 billion to $3.0 billion. The amendments received the support of lenders holding approximately 94% of the aggregate loans and undrawn commitments across the five credit facilities.
The amendments include certain terms and conditions including Teva's commitment not to distribute common share dividends while its net debt to EBITDA is above 4.75 times. Additionally, although no prepayment is required, if Teva decides to make a prepayment using proceeds from divested assets and/or future indebtedness, then this payment must be applied on a pro-rata basis between all USD and JPY term loans.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by approximately 200 million patients in over 60 markets every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,800 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has the world-leading innovative treatment for multiple sclerosis as well as late-stage development programs for other disorders of the central nervous system, including movement disorders, migraine, pain and neurodegenerative conditions, as well as a broad portfolio of respiratory products. Teva is leveraging its generics and specialty capabilities in order to seek new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2016 were $21.9 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding amendments to our USD and JPY term loan and revolving credit facilities, which are based on management’s current beliefs and expectations and are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from that expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks relating to:
and other factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016 (“Annual Report”), including in the section captioned “Risk Factors,” and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov and www.tevapharm.com. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or other information contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
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