AUSTIN, Texas, July 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) announced today that it has completed its offering of Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 with a 2.875% coupon and a 30% conversion premium. The company sold $143.75 million aggregate principal amount of notes that will mature on July 1, 2024, inclusive of the initial purchasers’ option to purchase additional notes.
Net proceeds to the company, after transaction costs, were $140.0 million. The net proceeds were used as follows:
- $51.6 million was used to retire the principal, accrued interest and transaction fees on the company’s senior secured credit facility which carried a higher cost of funds including interest and fees in excess of 9%, lowering the company’s overall cash interest expense. The company also terminated the associated undrawn term loan commitment from the credit facility provider.
- $34.4 million was used to repurchase $35 million face value of the existing Cash Convertible Senior Notes due 2019, leaving $195 million of those convertible notes outstanding. The company will also unwind the call options and warrants associated with the repurchased Cash Convertible Notes.
- The remaining $54.0 million increased EZCORP’s cash balance providing additional liquidity for general corporate purposes, including the funding of potential acquisitions. The company is in various levels of discussion regarding a number of acquisition opportunities in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, and has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire pawnshops in Latin America. At this time, there can be no assurance that the Company will complete any of those potential acquisitions.
Stuart Grimshaw, EZCORP’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “This unsecured convertible note offering strengthened our balance sheet and liquidity, and locks in an attractive fixed interest rate for a seven-year term. We used the proceeds to retire all remaining obligations under our secured credit facility which had a far higher cost of funds, retired $35 million of our existing Cash Convertible Notes, and have additional capital to potentially add to EZCORP’s earnings capacity as the company considers attractive acquisition opportunities.”
EZCORP is a leading provider of pawn loans in the United States and Mexico. We also sell merchandise, primarily collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers. EZCORP is a member of the Russell 2000 Index, S&P SmallCap 600 Index, and S&P 1000 Index.
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