SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 27, 2020
(Exact name of registrant as Specified in Charter)
|(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)|
|2000 North M-63,|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (269) 923-5000
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common stock, par value $1.00 per share||WHR||Chicago Stock Exchange||and||New York Stock Exchange|
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On April 27, 2020, Whirlpool Corporation (the “Company”) entered into a revolving 364-Day Credit Agreement (the “364-Day Facility”) by and among the Company, the lenders referred to therein, and Citibank, N.A., as Administrative Agent. The 364-Day Facility, which provides aggregate borrowing capacity of $500 million and has a termination date of April 26, 2021, boosts the Company’s strong liquidity position during these uncertain times.
The interest and fee rates payable with respect to the 364-Day Facility based on the Company’s current debt rating are as follows: (1) the Eurodollar Margin is 1.625%; (2) the spread over prime is 0.625%; and (3) the unused commitment fee is 0.400%, as of the date hereof.
The 364-Day Facility contains customary covenants and warranties which are consistent with the Company’s $3.5 billion revolving credit facility, including, among other things, a debt to capitalization ratio of less than or equal to 0.65 to 1.00 as of the last day of each fiscal quarter, and a rolling twelve month interest coverage ratio required to be greater than or equal to 3.0 to 1.0 for each fiscal quarter. In addition, the covenants limit the Company’s ability to (or to permit any subsidiaries to), subject to various exceptions and limitations: (i) merge with other companies; (ii) create liens on its property; and (iii) incur debt at the subsidiary level.
Many of the lenders have in the past performed, and may in the future from time to time perform, investment banking, financial advisory, lending and/or commercial banking services, or other services for Whirlpool Corporation and its subsidiaries, for which they have received, and may in the future receive, customary compensation and expense reimbursement.
The description of the 364-Day Facility in this Current Report on Form 8-K is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the 364-Day Facility, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information regarding the Company’s entry into the 364-Day Facility provided under Item 1.01 above is hereby incorporated by reference.
We routinely post important information for investors on our website, whirlpoolcorp.com, in the "Investors" section. We also intend to update the Hot Topics Q&A portion of this webpage as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investors section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our webpage is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.
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.
Date: April 28, 2020
By: /s/ BRIDGET K. QUINN
Name: Bridget K. Quinn
Title: Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary