BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Emergent Capital, Inc. (NYSE: EMG) ("Emergent") announced today that its subsidiary, White Eagle Asset Portfolio, LP ("White Eagle"), has amended its 15 year, revolving credit facility to provide for earlier participation in the portfolio cash flows.
Previously, White Eagle did not expect to receive any cash distributions under the waterfall provisions of its revolving credit facility until approximately 2019 as all proceeds from the life insurance policies pledged as collateral were first to be used (after paying service providers and interest) to pay down the facility's outstanding principal balance. As now amended, if certain loan to value ratios (the "LTV") are achieved, a portion of the amount that previously would have been used solely to reduce the outstanding principal balance will now be instead distributed to White Eagle. Generally, (1) if the LTV is less than 50% but at least 25%, then 35% of the then available proceeds will be distributed to White Eagle, and (2) if the LTV is less than 25%, then 65% of the then available proceeds will be distributed to White Eagle. Depending on the actual timing of policy proceeds, as modeled, Emergent expects White Eagle will receive waterfall distributions of approximately $60 million over the next three years.
Borrowings under the amended facility will continue to be used to pay premiums on the life insurance policies pledged as collateral and for fees and expenses of third party service providers. White Eagle will no longer draw under the facility to pay interest, but any policy proceeds will still be available to pay outstanding interest when due through the facility's waterfall provisions. The credit limit of the facility will decrease from $300 million to $250 million and the interest rate will increase by 50 basis points to LIBOR (with a 1.5% floor) plus 4.5%.
Antony Mitchell, CEO of Emergent Capital, commented, "We are very pleased that White Eagle's lender has agreed to revise the waterfall allowing earlier access to the portfolio cash flows. We have essentially accelerated the 'pref' period to now participate as LTV triggers are achieved." Mr. Mitchell concluded, "Together with expected proceeds from the Red Falcon credit facility executed this summer, as modeled, we would expect our affiliated borrowers to receive approximately $90 million over the next 3 years from waterfall distributions."
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