Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD:US), the unprofitable retailer controlled by Edward Lampert, proposed the rate on a $1 billion loan it plans to use to pay down less-expensive borrowings.
The bank debt may pay interest at 4.5 percentage points to 4.75 percentage points more than the London interbank offered rate, with a 1 percent floor on the lending benchmark, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction who asked not to be identified because terms aren’t set. The term loan may be sold to investors at 99 cents on the dollar.
Sears said earlier this week the bank debt will be used to reduce borrowings under its $3.275 billion asset-based revolving credit line. The company has drawn about $1.5 billion from the revolver and has about $1.1 billion available after including letters of credit, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based retailer pays an interest rate of 2 percentage points to 2.5 percentage points more than Libor for advances under the credit line, depending upon how much debt the company holds relative to its earnings, according to an Aug. 22 regulatory filing.
Bank of America Corp. is arranging the loan and investors are asked to let the bank know by Sept. 27 whether they will participate in the deal, the person with knowledge of the financing said.
Under a revolver, money can be borrowed again once it’s repaid; in a term loan, it can’t.
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