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SBGI Sinclair Broadcast

Filed: 21 Jun 21, 5:01pm

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
 
June 21, 2021
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
 
SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Maryland000-2607652-1494660
(State of organization)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
 
10706 Beaver Dam Road
Hunt Valley, MD  21030
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
 
(410) 568-1500
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock, par value $ 0.01 per shareSBGIThe NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2). Emerging growth company 
 
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 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

As previously disclosed, Diamond Sports Group LLC (“DSG”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (“Sinclair”), is a party to the Credit Agreement dated August 23, 2019 (the “Diamond Credit Agreement”) among Diamond Sports Intermediate Holdings LLC (“Holdings”), DSG, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the issuing banks and lenders party thereto (collectively, the “Lenders”), the indentures for the 5.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2026 and the 6.625% Senior Notes due 2027 each dated as of August 2, 2019 and for the 12.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2026 dated as of June 10, 2020 (collectively, the “Diamond Indentures”), entered into among DSG, Diamond Sports Finance Company, as co-issuer, Holdings, the other parties thereto as guarantors, and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee.

Sinclair has entered into non-disclosure agreements with certain Lenders and holders of notes issued under the Diamond Indentures concerning potential interest in funding new DSG indebtedness and exchanging and/or repurchasing existing DSG indebtedness (the “Transaction Discussions”). In connection with the Transaction Discussions, DSG has provided certain financial and other information regarding Holdings and its consolidated subsidiaries to the Lenders and holders of certain notes issued under the Diamond Indentures. A copy of the presentation materials provided to these debtholders is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.

While discussions with holders of its outstanding indebtedness remain ongoing as DSG continues to explore alternatives, DSG and such Lenders and holders of notes issued under the Diamond Indenture have been unable to reach a definitive agreement in connection with the Transaction Discussions at this time. There can be no assurance that DSG will be able to complete any such transactions, which would be subject to market and other customary conditions. Pursuant to the non-disclosure agreements referenced above, DSG has agreed to publicly disclose certain confidential information relating to the Transaction Discussions. The foregoing descriptions of the Transaction Discussions and proposals are not complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the term sheets provided by DSG to the debtholders, which are furnished herewith as Exhibits 99.2 and 99.3, respectively.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters discussed in the information furnished herewith include forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, future events and actions. When used in the supplemental financial discussion, the words “outlook,” “intends to,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “achieves,” “estimates,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results in the future could differ materially and adversely from those described in the forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including and in addition to the assumptions set forth therein, but not limited to: the potential impacts of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic on our business operations, financial results and financial position and on the world economy, including the significant disruption to the operations of the professional sports leagues, the need to provide rebates to our distributors related to canceled professional sporting events, and loss of advertising revenue due to postponement or cancellation of professional sporting events, and reduced consumer spending as a result of shelter in place and stay at home orders; our ability to generate cash to service our substantial indebtedness, successful execution of outsourcing agreements; the successful execution of retransmission consent agreements; the successful execution of network affiliation and distributor agreements; the successful execution of media rights agreements with professional sports teams; the impact of over-the-top and other emerging technologies and their potential impact on cord-cutting; the impact of distributors offering “skinny” programming bundles that may not include all programming of our networks; pricing and demand fluctuations in local and national advertising; volatility in programming costs; the market acceptance of new programming; our ability to identify and consummate acquisitions and investments, to manage increased leverage resulting from acquisitions and investments, and to achieve anticipated returns on those investments once consummated; the impact of pending and future litigation claims against Sinclair; the impact of Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory proceedings against Sinclair, uncertainties associated with potential changes in the regulatory environment affecting our business and growth strategy, and any risk factors set forth in Sinclair’s recent reports on Form 10-Q and/or Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC. There can be no assurances that the assumptions and other factors referred to in the information furnished herewith will occur. The information is speculative and subjective in nature and was based upon expectations, beliefs, opinions, and assumptions, which are inherently uncertain and include factors that are beyond the control of DSG and may not prove to be accurate; does not necessarily reflect current expectations, beliefs, opinions, or assumptions that the management of DSG may have about the prospects for its businesses, changes in general business or economic conditions, or any other transaction or event that has occurred or that may occur or that was not anticipated at the time such information was prepared; may not reflect current results or future performance, which may be significantly more favorable or less favorable than projected by such information; and is not, and should not be regarded as, a representation that any of the expectations contained in, or forming a part of, the forecasts will be achieved. Sinclair undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements except as required by law.




The information set forth in and incorporated into this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibits 99.1, 99.2 and 99.3, is being furnished under Item 7.01 and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to liability of that section nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing. The filing of this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information herein that is required to be disclosed solely by reason of Regulation FD.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits



SIGNATURE


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.

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.


By: /s/ David R. Bochenek
        
Name:    David R. Bochenek
Title:    Senior Vice President / Chief Accounting Officer
Dated: June 21, 2021