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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): September 29, 2020

 

 

KAR Auction Services, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   001-34568   20-8744739
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File
Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

11299 N. Illinois Street

Carmel, Indiana 46032

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

 

(800) 923-3725

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

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:

 

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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   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share   KAR   New York Stock Exchange

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.01 Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On September 29, 2020, Automotive Finance Corporation (“AFC”), a subsidiary of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (the “Company”), and AFC Funding Corporation (“AFC Funding”), a wholly owned, bankruptcy remote, consolidated, special purpose subsidiary of AFC, entered into a Ninth Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement, dated as of September 29, 2020, by and among AFC, AFC Funding, Fairway Finance Company, LLC (“Fairway Finance”), Fifth Third Bank, National Association (“Fifth Third”), Chariot Funding LLC (“Chariot Funding”), PNC Bank, National Association (“PNC”), Thunder Bay Funding, LLC (“Thunder Bay”), Truist Bank (“Truist”), BMO Capital Markets Corp., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal (as amended and restated, the “Receivables Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which AFC Funding sells an undivided ownership interest in the receivables and related rights it purchases from AFC to Fairway Finance, Fifth Third, Chariot Funding, Bank of Montreal, PNC, Thunder Bay and Truist (collectively, the “Purchasers”). The Purchasers’ investment in the receivables and related rights, together with a return thereon, is paid from collections of the finance receivables held by AFC Funding.

 

On September 30, 2020, Automotive Finance Canada Inc. (“AFCI”), a subsidiary of the Company, and the Company entered into the Fifth Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement (as amended, the “Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement”), dated as of September 30, 2020, with BNY Trust Company of Canada, in its capacity as trustee of Precision Trust, a Canadian multi-seller conduit administered by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. (the “Trust”). Pursuant to the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement, AFCI sells undivided interests in certain eligible Canadian-dollar denominated finance receivables to the Trust on a revolving basis.

 

The respective finance receivables sold and a cash reserve serve as security for the obligations to the Purchasers under the Receivables Purchase Agreement and for the obligations to the Trust under the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement. In each case, the amount of the cash reserve depends on circumstances which are set forth in the respective agreements. After the occurrence of a termination event, as defined in the Receivables Purchase Agreement, the Purchasers may, and could, cause the stock of AFC Funding to be transferred to the agent under the Receivables Purchase Agreement for the benefit of the Purchasers, though as a practical matter the Purchasers would look to the liquidation of the receivables under the transaction documents as their primary remedy. Upon the occurrence of a termination event under the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement, the Trust has discretion to liquidate the receivables under the applicable transaction documents as its primary remedy. Termination events, as defined in the Receivables Purchase Agreement, include, among other things, breaches of representations and warranties; failures to perform covenants and other obligations as seller or servicer; violations of financial covenants related to AFC, AFC Funding or the Company (including, among others, limits on the amount of debt AFC can incur, minimum levels of tangible net worth of AFC and AFC Funding, and certain financial covenants contained in the Company’s senior secured credit agreement); defaults in payment of other indebtedness of the Company, AFC or AFC Funding; violation of certain covenants related to the performance of the receivables portfolio; the occurrence of a material adverse change in the collectability of the receivables owned by AFC Funding or the business, operations, property or financial condition of AFC or AFC Funding; certain changes in control of AFC or AFC Funding; and certain bankruptcy events with respect to AFC, AFC Funding or the Company. The Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement includes substantially similar termination events pertaining to AFCI, AFC and the Company, as applicable.

 

The following provides a brief description of the amendments effected by the Receivables Purchase Agreement and the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement that are material to the Company. The program limit under the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement of $175.0 million remained unchanged.

 

Receivables Purchase Agreement

 

· The aggregate maximum commitment of the Purchasers was reduced from $1.70 billion to $1.60 billion;

 

· The Termination Date was extended from January 28, 2022 to January 31, 2024;

 

· Provisions designed to provide additional credit enhancement to the Purchasers upon the occurrence of certain events related to the payment rate and net spread on the receivables portfolio were added;

 

· Certain portfolio performance metrics that could result in a requirement to increase the cash reserve or constitute a termination event were amended to the benefit of AFC Funding;

 

 

 

 

· Certain provisions that had been added by amendment to provide relief for the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to permit the implementation of AFC’s Customer Relief Plan were removed; and

 

· Provisions providing for a mechanism for determining an alternative rate of interest were added.

 

Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement

 

· The Termination Date was extended from January 28, 2022 to January 31, 2024;

 

· Provisions designed to provide additional credit enhancement to the Purchasers upon the occurrence of certain events related to the payment rate and net spread on the receivables portfolio were added;

 

· Certain portfolio performance metrics that could result in a requirement to increase the cash reserve or constitute a termination event were amended to the benefit of AFC Funding;

 

· Certain provisions that had been added by amendment to provide relief for the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to permit the implementation of AFC’s Customer Relief Plan were removed; and
     
· Provisions providing for a mechanism for determining an alternative rate of interest were added.

 

Certain of the Purchasers and agents and their respective affiliates have, from time to time, performed, and may in the future perform, various financial advisory and investment banking, commercial banking and other services for the Company and its affiliates, for which they received or will receive customary fees and expenses. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. is the administrative agent and a lender and Fifth Third, PNC, Truist, Royal Bank of Canada and BMO Harris Bank, N.A., an affiliate of Bank of Montreal, are lenders under a credit agreement with the Company, the ultimate parent of AFC and AFC Funding.

 

In addition, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., or certain of its affiliates (“BMO”), previously acted as agent for the Purchasers and currently acts as a purchasing agent for Fairway Finance and Bank of Montreal under the Receivables Purchase Agreement, was an underwriter in the initial public offering and secondary offerings of the Company’s common stock, and has, from time to time, performed, and may in the future perform various commercial banking and other services for the Company and its affiliates.

 

The above description of the amendments effected by the Receivables Purchase Agreement and the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Receivables Purchase Agreement and the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement, copies of which will be filed as exhibits to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The Company intends to claim confidential treatment for certain of the information included in the Receivables Purchase Agreement and the Canadian Receivables Purchase Agreement.

 

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

 

The information set forth in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements contained in this report include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and which are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties. In particular, statements made that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Words such as “should,” “may,” “will,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations, are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results projected, expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include those uncertainties regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our business and the economy generally, and those other matters disclosed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Dated: October 5, 2020 KAR Auction Services, Inc.
   
  By: /s/ Eric M. Loughmiller
    Eric M. Loughmiller
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer