SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 26, 2012
Alon USA Partners, LP
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
12700 Park Central Dr., Suite 1600
Dallas, TX 75251
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code (972) 367-3600
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):
New Term Loan Facility
On November 26, 2012, Alon USA Partners, LP (the Partnership) closed its initial public offering (the Offering) of the Partnerships common units. Alon USA Energy, Inc. (the Company) used $171.1 million of the net proceeds of the Offering to reduce its $450 million term loan (the Alon USA Term Loan). In connection with the closing of the Offering, the Partnership assumed from the Company fully drawn term loans with an aggregate principal amount of $250.0 million, governed by a term loan facility with Credit Suisse AG as administrative agent and a syndicate of financial institutions and lenders (the New Term Loan Facility), which loans reduced the amounts outstanding under the Alon USA Term Loan. The New Term Loan Facility will mature on November 13, 2018.
The New Term Loan Facility is secured by a first priority lien on all of the Partnerships fixed assets and other specified property, as well as on the general partner interest in the Partnership held by Alon USA Partners GP, LLC (the General Partner), and a second lien on the Partnerships cash, accounts receivables, inventories and related assets. Upon entering into the New Term Loan Facility, neither the General Partner, the Partnership or any of its subsidiaries remains a guarantor of the remaining borrowings outstanding under the Alon USA Term Loan and neither the General Partners, the Partnerships or any of its subsidiaries assets remain subject to a lien securing the borrowings outstanding under the Alon USA Term Loan.
Borrowings under the New Term Loan Facility bear interest, at the Partnerships election, of either a rate (A) equal to the sum of (i) the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) (with a floor of 1.25% per annum) plus (ii) a margin of approximately 8.00% per annum for a per annum rate of approximately 9.25% per annum, based on current market rates or (B) the sum of (i) the Base Rate which is equal to equal to the greatest of (a) the Prime Rate in effect on such day, (b) the Federal Funds Effective Rate in effect on such day plus 1/2 of 1% and (c) the one-month LIBOR plus 1%, but in the case of either (a), (b), or (c) with a floor of 2.25% per annum; plus (ii) a margin of approximately 7.00% per annum for a per annum rate of no less than 9.25% per annum. Interest will be payable quarterly, or, at the Partnerships option, at more frequent intervals.
The New Term Loan Facility contains customary affirmative and negative covenants for transactions of this nature, including (i) customary reporting requirements; (ii) a requirement to maintain corporate ratings from Moodys and S&P; (iii) a restriction on the Partnerships ability to (1) incur additional debt, (2) incur or permit liens to exist on its property, (3) make certain investments, acquisitions or other restricted payments, and (4) modify or terminate certain material contracts. In addition, the New Term Loan Facility provides that the General Partners board of directors cannot modify the Partnerships cash distribution policy in a manner that is less favorable to the lenders thereunder than the current cash distribution policy. The New Term Loan Facility also contains customary default provisions. A transfer of (i) 50% or greater of equity interests in the General Partner or (ii) the general partner interest, in each case, would require approval of the lenders.
The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the New Term Loan Facility, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Form 8-K and incorporated in this Item 1.01 by reference.
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: November 30, 2012