ALPHARETTA, Ga., April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTH) ("Priority"), a leading payments technology company, today announced the completion of its debt refinancing and preferred equity issuance.
The new senior debt facility, which improves interest expense by 75 basis points, includes an initial term loan of $300 million used to refinance existing debt and pay debt placement fees and expenses. A committed delayed draw term loan of $290 million is in place and will be used to finance a portion of the Finxera acquisition at closing later this year. Also, a new $40 million revolving credit facility is immediately available.
"The combination of these financings positions us for accelerated growth as we continue to strengthen our payments and banking as a service technology platform to be the market leading consolidator of SMB and ISV payment solutions," said Tom Priore, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Priority. "With our leverage below 4 times EBITDA post-transaction and meaningfully improving free cash flow, we have the full financial flexibility to thoughtfully pursue our organic and inorganic growth initiatives."
Priority has also executed a strategic preferred equity investment from credit funds managed by certain affiliates of Ares Management that includes an initial issuance of $150 million used to refinance existing debt, pay stock issuance fees and expenses, and add cash to the balance sheet for acquisitions. A committed delayed issuance of $50 million will be used to finance a portion of the Finxera acquisition at closing later this year. An additional $50 million issuance is available within 18 months to finance other acquisitions.
"We see significant growth potential for Priority given the company's significant momentum and scalable platform with recurring revenue streams," said Joel Holsinger, Co-Head of the Alternative Credit group of Ares Management Corporation. "We look forward to working closely with the outstanding Priority team to position the company for long-term growth and success."
"We are thrilled to welcome Ares as our new, long-term partner," continued Priore. "Ares has an exceptional reputation and experience with financial services companies, and we look forward to leveraging the team's sector expertise. We are confident that with Ares's support, we will continue to expand our business."
About Priority Technology Holdings, Inc.
Priority is a leading provider of merchant acquiring, integrated payment software and corporate payment solutions, offering unique product and service capabilities to its merchant network and distribution partners. Priority's enterprise operates from a purpose-built payments infrastructure that includes tailored customer service offerings and bespoke technology development, allowing Priority to provide end-to-end solutions for payment and payment-adjacent software. Additional information can be found at www.PRTH.com.
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