Gentiva® Health Services Announces Term Loan Refinancing

Mar 09, 2011, 13:03 ET from Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

ATLANTA, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIV) (the "Company") today announced that it has completed a refinancing of $727 million of indebtedness outstanding under its senior secured credit agreement.  

As a result of the refinancing, the LIBOR floor for both the Term Loan A and the Term Loan B facilities have been reduced from 1.75 percent to 1.25 percent for Eurodollar rate loans.  Additionally, the applicable interest rate margin was reduced from 5.00 percent to 3.25 percent on the Term Loan A facility and from 5.00 percent to 3.50 percent on the Term Loan B facility for Eurodollar rate loans.  At current LIBOR rates, the Company's interest rate on the Term Loan A facility is reduced from 6.75 percent to 4.50 percent and the interest rate on the Term Loan B facility is reduced from 6.75 percent to 4.75 percent for Eurodollar rate loans.

As part of the refinancing, the Company also modified other terms of the credit agreement, which included reducing the minimum interest coverage ratio to 2.25 to 1.00 for each quarter, commencing with the quarter ending March 31, 2011 and continuing through the maturity of the loans.  Previously, the interest coverage ratio was 2.75 to 1.00 for each quarter through December 31, 2012, and 3.00 to 1.00 for each quarter thereafter.

Amortization and maturity terms of the loans did not change.  The Company paid a 2 percent prepayment penalty on the Term Loan B facility.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, General Electric Capital Corporation, Barclays Capital and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey arranged the refinancing.

About Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. is the nation's largest provider of home health and hospice services based on revenue, delivering innovative, high quality care to patients across the United States. Gentiva is a single source for skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. In August 2010, Gentiva acquired Odyssey HealthCare, Inc., one of the leading providers of hospice care in the United States. GTIV-G

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