Recently, I was asked to speak at the New York Times travel show event, and whilst writing my presentation, I soon realized that – the growing phenomenon that is printed inflight media – was going to be 50 years old this year. The vast amount of change that this world has experienced in the past 50 years is, without a doubt, metamorphic, but all that said, it would seem that we humans do indeed stick to, and trust, what we already know and believe. Let’s just say that I feel that familiarity does indeed breed fondness. When we get on a plane, we know where to stow our luggage, we know how to switch the air on and we know that there is going to be a good read in the seat pocket in front of us. But it wasn't always like that. Although the first commercial flight was in 1914, it took a further 52 years until 1966 for there to be a branded inflight magazine to read. click Read More below for more of the story
American Media, LLC today announced that it has successfully completed the refinancing of all of its outstanding debt capital structure by raising $460 million.
“Completing this latest refinancing, in one of the most challenging market conditions in recent history, underscores the confidence the investment community has in American Media and our powerful brands,” said American Media Chairman and CEO David J. Pecker.
The net proceeds of the refinancing were used to repay all amounts due under the bridge loan, which was obtained in June to finance the acquisition of the Bauer U.S. celebrity and teen titles, and to retire the outstanding balance of approximately $320 million of its 1st lien and 2nd lien debt. The refinancing, which significantly extends the maturities of the company’s debt, consists of a new $235 million 1st lien term loan, maturing in 2023, and new 10.5% 2nd lien bonds of $225 million due in 2026.
“Our ability to generate interest from new investors to American Media, especially in such a difficult market, is an extraordinary statement of confidence in our management, operating efficiencies and future projections,” said American Media Chief Financial Officer Chris Polimeni. “The refinancing provides American Media a significant amount of runway, stability and liquidity, which will allow us to focus on maximizing our margins and to continue to deliver strong free cash flow results from both the ongoing operating improvements of our recent acquisitions, as well as from our core brands.”
The new 1st lien financing agreement includes a $40 million revolving line of credit providing American Media with more liquidity than it has had in five years.