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): December 12, 2012
A. O. Smith Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
11270 West Park Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224-9508
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number)
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:
On December 12, 2012, A. O. Smith Corporation (the Company) entered into an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the Credit Agreement) among the Company, A.O. Smith Enterprises Ltd. (the Canadian Borrower), A.O. Smith International Holdings B.V. (the Dutch Borrower), the financial institutions parties thereto and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent and letter of credit issuer. The Credit Agreement amended and restated the Companys existing revolving credit facility. The Company intends to use the amended and restated revolving credit facility for general corporate purposes.
The Credit Agreement provides for a revolving credit facility that matures on December 12, 2017. The initial maximum aggregate amount of availability under the revolving credit facility is $400 million, of which approximately $120 million was drawn as of December 12, 2012. Availability under the revolving credit facility is reduced by outstanding letters of credit, of which $1,650,000 were outstanding as of December 12, 2012. The Company may increase the maximum aggregate amount of availability under the revolving credit facility to up to $500 million if certain conditions are satisfied, including, without limitation, the absence of any event of default or default under the Credit Agreement and the Company obtaining the consent of the lenders participating in the increase.
Borrowings under the Credit Agreement generally bear interest at a variable rate equal to (i) LIBOR plus a specified margin, which will be adjusted based on the Companys Leverage Ratio (as defined below), or (ii) the base rate (which is the highest of (a) the administrative agents prime rate, (b) the federal funds rate plus 0.50% or (c) the sum of 1% plus one-month LIBOR) plus a specified margin, which will be adjusted based on the Companys Leverage Ratio. The Company must also pay (1) a facility fee ranging from 0.150% to 0.30% per annum (based on the Companys Leverage Ratio) on the amount of each lenders commitment and (2) a participation fee ranging from 1.100% to 1.825% per annum (based on the Companys Leverage Ratio) of the average daily maximum amount available to be drawn for each letter of credit issued and outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
The Credit Agreement contains various restrictions and covenants applicable to the Company and, with certain exceptions, its subsidiaries. Among other requirements, the Company may not permit, as of the end of any fiscal quarter, (1) the ratio of its consolidated funded debt to the sum of its consolidated funded debt plus its consolidated stockholders equity (the Leverage Ratio) to exceed 0.6 to 1.0 and (2) the ratio of its consolidated net income (excluding extraordinary gains and losses) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and non-cash charges and income (EBITDA) for the four fiscal quarters then ended to its consolidated interest expense, including yield or discount accrued as to outstanding securitization obligations (if any) for the same period to be less than 3.5 to 1.0. The Credit Agreement provides for the calculation of EBITDA giving pro forma effect to acquisitions and dispositions during the period to which such calculation relates.
All borrowings under the Credit Agreement are unsecured. However, certain material domestic subsidiaries of the Company will unconditionally guarantee the Companys obligations from time to time arising under the Credit Agreement, and the Company will unconditionally guarantee the obligations of the Canadian Borrower and the Dutch Borrower under the Credit Agreement to the extent that the Canadian Borrower and/or the Dutch Borrower borrow directly under the Credit Agreement.
The Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default. If an event of default under the Credit Agreement occurs and is continuing, then the administrative agent may declare any outstanding obligations under the Credit Agreement to be immediately due and payable. In addition, if the Company or any of its material subsidiaries becomes the subject of voluntary or involuntary proceedings under any bankruptcy, insolvency or similar law, then any outstanding obligations under the Credit Agreement will automatically become immediately due and payable.
The foregoing description of the Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Credit Agreement filed herewith as Exhibit 4.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
The information provided in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.
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.
A. O. SMITH CORPORATION
EXHIBIT INDEX TO FORM 8-K
Report Dated December 12, 2012