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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): October 26, 2020

 

RUTH’S HOSPITALITY GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

Delaware

000-51485

72-1060618

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

 

 

1030 W. Canton Avenue, Ste. 100

Winter Park, FL

 

32789

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (407) 333-7440

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, 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 Instructions A.2. below):

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

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).

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. 

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 $0.01 per share

RUTH

Nasdaq

 

 

 

 


Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

 

On October 26, 2020, the Company entered into a Fifth Amendment to Credit Agreement (the “Fifth Amendment”) which amends its existing Credit Agreement, dated as of February 2, 2017, as amended by the First Amendment thereto, dated as of September 18, 2019, the Second Amendment thereto, dated as of March 27, 2020, the Third Amendment thereto, dated as of May 7, 2020 (the “Third Amendment”), and the Fourth Amendment thereto, dated as of May 18, 2020, with certain direct and indirect subsidiaries of the Company as guarantors, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, and the lenders and other agents party thereto.

The Fifth Amendment extended the term of the agreement by one year to February 2, 2023, reduced the revolving credit facility to $120.0 million, adjusted the monthly liquidity covenant, added a provision to allow for non-maintenance capital expenditures based on quarterly EBITDA performance and added provisions to the Credit Agreement to address the contemplated phase out of LIBOR.  After giving effect to the Fifth Amendment, the credit facility will continue to provide for a $5.0 million subfacility of letters of credit and a $5.0 million subfacility for swingline loans.  The Fifth Amendment did not change the Consolidated Leverage Ratio and Fixed Coverage Charge Ratio requirements.  The Consolidated Leverage Ratio and Fixed Coverage Charge Ratio requirements from the Third Amendment remain in effect through February 2, 2023.

 

The Fifth Amendment requires the Company and its subsidiaries to meet minimum aggregate cash holding requirements through March 2021 in an amount equal to the following amount for each month set forth below:

 

October 2020

$44,000,000

November 2020

$44,000,000

December 2020

$53,000,000

January 2021

$55,000,000

February 2021

$56,000,000

March 2021

$58,000,000

 

The Fifth Amendment also removes the requirement that the Company use 50% of the aggregate net cash proceeds from equity issuances after May 7, 2020 in excess of $30.0 million to repay loans outstanding until the Company could demonstrate compliance with certain financial covenants.

 

The Fifth Amendment now allows for non-maintenance capital expenditures when the Leverage Ratio is 2.50 to 1.0 or greater with 75% of consolidated EBITDA earned during a fiscal quarter in excess of $7.5 million (“Excess EBITDA”).  The Company and its subsidiaries may make non-maintenance capital expenditures with Excess EBITDA at any time after such Excess EBITDA is earned until the Leverage Ratio has been reduced to less than 2.50 to 1.0.  Prior to the Fifth Amendment, the Credit Agreement had prohibited all non-maintenance capital expenditures when the Leverage Ratio was 2.50 to 1.0 or greater.   As was also the case before the Fifth Amendment, the credit agreement provides that the Company and its subsidiaries may make capital expenditures in any fiscal year in an amount equal to 75% of consolidated EBITDA for the immediately preceding fiscal year when the Leverage Ratio is equal to or greater than 1.50 to 1.0 but less than 2.50 to 1.0.  When the Leverage Ratio is less than 1.50 to 1.0, the Company and its subsidiaries may make capital expenditures in an unlimited amount.

 

In connection with the closing of the Fifth Amendment, the Company repaid $20.2 million in loans so that a total of $115.0 million (excluding $4.8 million in letters of credit) is currently outstanding under the credit facility.  The current interest rate for borrowings under the revolving credit facility is 3.75%.

 

Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off- Balance Sheet Arrangement of a

Registrant

 

The discussion of the Fifth Amendment to Credit Agreement set forth under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference in this Item 2.03.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

 

 

 


Exhibit Index

 


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 thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

RUTH’S HOSPITALITY GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

 

Date:  October 30, 2020

 

By:

/s/ Arne G. Haak

 

 

 

Arne G. Haak

 

 

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)