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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
    
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 19, 2018

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GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
Commission file number 001-16111  
Georgia
 
58-2567903
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 
3350 Lenox Road, Atlanta, Georgia
 
30326
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:     (770) 829-8000
 
NONE
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐










Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On June 19, 2018, Global Payments Inc. (the “Company”) and certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, as borrowers or as guarantors, as applicable (the “Credit Parties”), entered into the Fifth Amendment (the “Fifth Amendment”) to (i) the Second Amended and Restated Term Loan Agreement and (ii) the Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated July 31, 2015, each with Bank of America, N.A. (“Bank of America”), as administrative agent, and a syndicate of financial institutions, as lenders and other agents (as subsequently amended from time to time, the “Amended Credit Facility Agreement”).

As amended by the Fifth Amendment, the Amended Credit Facility Agreement provides for (i) a $1.5 billion revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”); (ii) a $1.5 billion term loan facility (the “Term Loan A Facility”); (iii) a $1.37 billion term loan facility (the “Term Loan A-2 Facility”); and (iv) a $1.14 billion term loan facility (the “Term Loan B-2 Facility”, and together with the Revolving Credit Facility, the Term Loan A Facility and the Term Loan A-2 Facility, the “Credit Facilities”). The Fifth Amendment increased the total financing capacity available under the Credit Facilities to approximately $5.5 billion; however the Company’s aggregate outstanding debt under the Amended Credit Facility did not change.

The Amended Credit Facility Agreement provides that the Term Loan A Facility and the Term Loan A-2 Facility mature, and the Revolving Credit Facility Agreement expires, on January 20, 2023. The Term Loan B-2 Facility matures on April 22, 2023.

The Amended Credit Facility Agreement provides for an interest rate with respect to borrowings under the Term Loan A Facility, the Term Loan A-2 Facility and the Revolving Credit Facility of (a) in the case of Base Rate Loans (as defined in the Amended Credit Facility Agreement), a base rate plus a margin ranging from 0.25% to 1.00%, in each case depending on the Company’s leverage ratio and (b) in the case of Eurocurrency Loans (as defined in the Amended Credit Facility Agreement) a base rate plus a margin ranging from 1.25% to 2.00%, in each case depending on the Company’s leverage ratio. The Amended Credit Facility Agreement provides for an interest rate with respect to the borrowings under the Term Loan B-2 Facility of a base rate plus a margin of 0.75% in the case of Base Rate Loans and a base rate plus a margin of 1.75% in the case of Eurocurrency Loans. With respect to the Base Rate Loans, the base rate is the highest of (a) the Federal Funds Effective Rate (as defined in the Amended Credit Facility Agreement) plus 0.50%, (b) the Bank of America prime rate and (c) the applicable Eurocurrency Base Rate (as defined in the Amended Credit Facility Agreement) plus 1.00%. The Amended Credit Facility Agreement also provides for a commitment fee with respect to borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility at an applicable rate per annum ranging from 0.20% to 0.30% depending on the Company’s leverage ratio.

As amended by the Fifth Amendment, the Amended Credit Facility Agreement allows the Company and its subsidiaries to incur Permitted Incremental Equivalent Debt (as defined in the Amended Credit Facility Agreement) and increase the Credit Facilities (with the consent of the lenders providing the increase) in an aggregate amount of up to $850 million.

The Amended Credit Facility Agreement contains customary affirmative and restrictive covenants, including, among others, financial covenants based on the Company’s leverage and fixed charge coverage ratios. The Amended Credit Facility Agreement includes customary events of default, the occurrence of which, following any applicable cure period, would permit the lenders to, among other things, declare the principal, accrued interest and other obligations to be immediately due and payable.

The foregoing description of the Fifth Amendment and the Amended Credit Facility Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by reference to, the Fifth Amendment to the Amended Credit Facility Agreement, which will be included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2018.

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 above in Item 1.01 of this Report is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits
Exhibit No.
Description
99.1
Press Release of Global Payments Inc., dated June 21, 2018





Signatures

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


 
 
GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC.
 
 
 
 
 
Date:
June 21, 2018
By: /s/ Cameron M. Bready
 
 
 
Cameron M. Bready
 
 
 
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 



















































EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit
Number
  
Description
 
 
99.1
  




Exhibit


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June 21, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Investor Contact:
Media Contact:
Winnie Smith 770.829.8478
Laura Coerper 770.829.8755
investor.relations@globalpay.com
media.relations@globalpay.com

Global Payments Refinances Debt Facilities
ATLANTA --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions, successfully closed an amendment to its credit facilities agreement on June 19, 2018. Under the terms of the refinancing amendment, the interest rate margin currently applicable to the company’s existing term loan A, term loan A-2 and revolving credit facilities was reduced by 25 basis points, subject to future adjustments based on an amended leverage-based pricing grid. The amendment also increased the aggregate financing capacity under the company’s revolving credit facility by $250 million to $1.5 billion, although total outstanding borrowings remain unchanged as a result of the amendment.
The amendment extended the maturities of the term loan A, the term loan A-2 and the revolving credit facilities to January 2023. Further, the company improved certain terms of the agreement, providing it with additional financial flexibility.
"We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the refinancing of our existing debt facilities," stated Cameron Bready, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "In addition to improving our liquidity position and extending the maturity of our term loan A, term loan A-2 and revolving credit facilities, today’s refinancing in combination with the amendment to our term loan B announced in March are expected to yield $0.02 - $0.03 per share of annual benefit, net of anticipated expenses associated with further planned interest rate hedging activities.”

About Global Payments
Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions delivering innovative services to our customers globally. Our technologies, services and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of solutions that allow our customers to accept various payment types and operate their businesses more efficiently across a variety of distribution channels in many markets around the world.



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Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a member of the S&P 500 with customers and partners in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil. For more information about Global Payments, our Service. Driven. Commerce brand and our technologies, please visit www.globalpaymentsinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Investors are cautioned that some of the statements we use in this release contain forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and depend upon future events or conditions. Actual events or results might differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee you that our plans and expectations will be achieved. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results and other statements that are not historical facts.

Important factors that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated by such forward-looking statements include our ability to safeguard our data; increased competition from larger companies and non-traditional competitors, our ability to update our services in a timely manner; our ability to maintain Visa and MasterCard registration and financial institution sponsorship; our reliance on financial institutions to provide clearing services in connection with our settlement activities; our potential failure to comply with card network requirements; potential systems interruptions or failures; software defects or undetected errors; increased attrition of merchants, referral partners or independent sales organizations; our ability to increase our share of existing markets and expand into new markets; a decline in the use of cards for payment generally; unanticipated increases in chargeback liability; increases in credit card network fees; change in laws, regulations or network rules or interpretations thereof; foreign currency exchange and interest rate risks; political, economic and regulatory changes in the foreign countries in which we operate; future performance, integration and conversion of acquired operations, including without limitation difficulties and delays in integrating or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits of our acquisitions at all or within the expected time period; fully realizing anticipated annual interest expense savings from refinancing our Credit Facility; our loss of key personnel and other risk factors presented in Item 1- Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and any subsequent SEC filings, which we advise you to review. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon as representing our plans and expectations as of any subsequent date. We undertake no obligation to revise any of these statements to reflect future circumstances or the occurrence of unanticipated events.


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