Hanger Announces Amendment to Amended and Restated Consent Solicitation

Dec 07, 2015, 16:30 ET from Hanger, Inc.

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR) (the "Company") today announced an amendment to the terms of its previously announced consent solicitation (as amended, and as previously amended and restated, the "Consent Solicitation") relating to its $200,000,000 aggregate principal amount 7⅛% Senior Notes due 2018 (the "Notes") to (i) amend the definition of the termination date of the Proposed Amendment and Waiver to provide that August 31, 2016 is the latest termination date, (ii) include a  revision to the definition of "permitted liens" in the indenture, which revision will limit, subject to certain exceptions, the Company's ability to incur secured debt to an amount not to exceed $375.0 million, except as is incurred to refinance the Notes, until such time as the Company is current in its periodic reporting obligations with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), (iii) include in the indenture a new reporting covenant relating to certain cash flows and other data, if the Company in its sole determination concludes that providing such information can be done in compliance with its obligations under applicable securities laws, until such time as the Company is current in its periodic reporting obligations with the SEC, and (iv) amend the expiration date of the Consent Solicitation to December 11, 2015.

Pursuant to the Consent Solicitation, the proposed amendment and waiver (the "Proposed Amendment and Waiver") to the indenture pursuant to which the Notes were issued will amend, effective as of November 15, 2015, the reporting covenant in the indenture to extend the Company's deadline to deliver to the noteholders (with copies to the trustee) periodic reports required to be filed or furnished with the SEC until the earliest of such time as the Company is current in its filings with the SEC, the Company fails to timely pay a second consent fee if due on May 15, 2016, and August 31, 2016 (the "Termination Date").  The Proposed Amendment and Waiver will waive through the Termination Date any default or event of default under the indenture that may occur or exist as a result of or in connection with the Company's failure to timely deliver to the noteholders (with copies to the trustee), or file with the SEC, its delayed SEC reports.  The Proposed Amendment and Waiver will also result in any notice of default relating to the Company's reporting covenant under the indenture becoming null and void and deemed to have been withdrawn.  Additionally, if the Company receives the requisite consents to approve the Proposed Amendment and Waiver, then it will increase the interest rate on the Notes to 9.125%, effective as of November 15, 2015, and if the Company is not current in its filing obligations with the SEC as of May 15, 2016, it will further increase the interest rate on the Notes by an additional 1½% per annum to 10.625%, effective as of May 15, 2016. The provision regarding the increased interest rates will not terminate at the time of the expiration of the Proposed Amendment and Waiver.

Pursuant to the Proposed Amendment and Waiver, the definition of "permitted liens" in the indenture will limit the ability of the Company to incur certain secured indebtedness to an amount not to exceed $375.0 million, except as such may be incurred to refinance the Notes, until such time as the Company is current in its periodic reporting obligations with the SEC.

Additionally, pursuant to the Proposed Amendment and Waiver, the indenture will include a covenant of the Company to, until such time as it is current in its filing obligations with the SEC, use its commercially reasonable efforts to provide within 40 days after the end of the fiscal quarter and 60 days after the end of a fiscal year certain preliminary, estimated and unaudited cash flows and other data in a form substantially consistent with the information the Company previously provided in its Current Report on Form 8-K dated November 12, 2015.  This obligation of the Company is subject to the Company's sole determination, after consulting with legal counsel, that filing or furnishing such information with the SEC can be made in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including federal and state securities laws and regulations.

In connection with the Company's failure to comply with the financial reporting covenant under the indenture, on November 25, 2015 (the "Notice Date"), the Company received a notice of default (the "Notice of Default") from a single noteholder who holds greater than 25% in aggregate principal amount of the Notes. Pursuant to the terms of the indenture, the failure of the Company to comply with this covenant for a period of 90 days after the Notice Date will constitute an event of default under the indenture.  At that time, and unless the Notice of Default is deemed to be null and void through the approval of the Proposed Amendment and Waiver or otherwise before the expiration of that 90 day period, the trustee or the holders of not less than 25% in aggregate principal amount of the Notes may choose to exercise their remedies under the indenture, which include the declaration of all amounts on the Notes to be due and payable immediately.

The Company's bank credit agreement contains cross-default provisions relating to the Notes.  Pursuant to the terms of the Company's bank credit agreement, the Notice of Default constitutes an event of default without regard to any otherwise applicable notice or cure or grace period; provided, however, that receipt of such Notice of Default shall not constitute an event of default under the bank credit agreement if it is withdrawn (and not reinstated) within 30 days after its receipt.  If an event of default exists under the bank credit agreement, the lenders may accelerate the Company's borrowings under the bank credit agreement.

Approval by noteholders of the Proposed Amendment and Waiver pursuant to the terms of the Consent Solicitation will result in the Notice of Default becoming null and void and deemed to have been withdrawn.  Approval of the Proposed Amendment and Waiver will also result in the withdrawal of the Notice of Default pursuant to the terms of the bank credit agreement such that such Notice of Default will not cause an event of default under the bank credit agreement.

The Consent Solicitation will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December ­­11, 2015.  Only holders of record of the Notes as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on November 18, 2015, are eligible to deliver consents to the Proposed Amendment and Waiver in the Consent Solicitation.  The Company will pay to the holders who delivered valid and unrevoked consents prior to the expiration time a cash payment of $20.00 per $1,000 principal amount of Notes for which consents have been delivered by such holder, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all of the conditions of the Consent Solicitation.  If the Company is not current in its filing obligations with the SEC on May 15, 2016, then the Company will also pay to the holders who delivered valid and unrevoked consents prior to the expiration time a cash payment of $5.00 per $1,000 principal amount of Notes for which consents have been delivered by such holder, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all the conditions of the Consent Solicitation.  The right to receive consent fees will not be transferable with the Notes.

The Consent Solicitation is being made solely on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Amended and Restated Notice of Consent Solicitation, dated November 30, 2015, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Notice of Consent Solicitation, dated December 7, 2015, and in the accompanying form of consent.  The effectiveness of the Proposed Amendment and Waiver, as well as the provision regarding the increased interest rates, is subject to a number of conditions. No assurance can be given that the Proposed Amendment and Waiver can or will be completed on terms that are acceptable to the Company, or at all.  The Company may, in its sole discretion, terminate, amend or extend the Consent Solicitation at any time as set forth in the Notice of Consent Solicitation.

Consents previously delivered may be revoked prior to the earlier to occur of the date on which the supplemental indenture effecting the Proposed Amendment and Waiver to the indenture is executed and the expiration time of the Consent Solicitation (the "Consent Date").  After the Consent Date, such consents, if validly delivered (and not properly revoked), will be included in determining whether the requisite consents to the Proposed Amendment and Waiver from noteholders have been received. Noteholders having previously validly delivered (and not revoked) consents need take no further action in order to deliver their consent.

Copies of the Amended and Restated Notice of Consent Solicitation, the form of consent and other related documents may be obtained from D.F. King & Co., Inc., the Information and Tabulation Agent, in New York at (212) 269-5550 (collect) or (866) 796-1245 (toll free), or via email at hgr@dfking.com.  Holders of the Notes are urged to review the Amended and Restated Notice of Consent Solicitation and the form of consent for the detailed terms of the Amended and Restated Notice of Consent Solicitation and the procedures for consenting to the Proposed Amendment and Waiver.  Any persons with questions regarding the Consent Solicitation should contact the Solicitation Agent, Wells Fargo Securities, at (704) 410-4760 (collect) or (866) 309-6316 (toll free).

This announcement does not constitute a solicitation of consents of holders of the Notes and shall not be deemed a solicitation of consents with respect to any other securities of the Company or its subsidiaries.  No recommendation is being made as to whether holders of the Notes should consent to the Proposed Amendment and Waiver.  The solicitation of consents is not being made in any jurisdiction in which, or to or from any person to or from whom, it is unlawful to make such solicitation under applicable state or foreign securities or "blue sky" laws.

About Hanger, Inc. – Built on the legacy of James Edward Hanger, the first amputee of the American Civil War, Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR) delivers orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) patient care, and distributes O&P products and rehabilitative solutions to the broader market.  Hanger's Patient Care segment is the largest owner and operator of O&P patient care clinics with in excess of 750 locations nationwide.  Through its Products & Services segment, Hanger distributes branded and private label O&P devices, products and components, and provides rehabilitative solutions. Steeped in over 150 years of clinical excellence and innovation, Hanger's vision is to be the partner of choice for products and services that enhance human physical capability. 

This document contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the Company.  All statements, other than statements of historical fact included herein, are "forward-looking statements," including statements regarding the timing of filing of, and the outcome of the Company's work in connection with, completing certain financial statements and other financial data.  These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "intends," "expects" or similar expressions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect.  Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this filing.  The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.  These uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that additional information may arise during the course of the Company's ongoing accounting review that would require the Company to make additional adjustments or revisions to its estimates or financial statements, to restate further its financial statements and other financial data for current or historical periods, or to identify additional material weaknesses; the time required to complete the financial statements and other financial data and accounting review; and the time required to prepare its periodic reports for filings with the Securities Exchange Commission.  For additional information and risk factors that could affect the Company, see its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 as well as the risk factor set forth in Item 8.01 of the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed February 17, 2015, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information contained in this filing is made as of the date hereof, even if subsequently made available by the Company on its website or otherwise.

Investor Contact: 
Paul Severt, Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer
Hanger, Inc., (512) 777-3666

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