LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 22, 2009 – Relativity Media, LLC (RML) announced today Beverly Blvd 2 LLC (Beverly 2), a wholly owned subsidiary of RML has entered into a senior secured revolving credit facility that provides for up to a total commitment amount of $300 Million (the “Facility”). Comerica Bank and Union Bank, N.A., jointly arranged the transaction.
Relativity plans to use amounts available under the Facility to fund pictures in its co-financing/co-production deal with Universal Pictures. In addition, Relativity will continue to maintain a significant equity investment (and own 100% of the equity) in Beverly 2, which will be used alongside the new Facility to fund new films which are part of the deal between Relativity and Universal.
Relativity, has an existing partnership with Universal Pictures where it is co-financing approximately 75 percent of Universal’s slate through 2015. Relativity and Universal have been partners for over four years.
Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, said of the financing, “We are very happy to continue to build our relationship with Comerica Bank and Union Bank, which has resulted in significant business over the past severalyears. They have been great partners, and continued to be through the course of this transaction. We are looking forward to a strong continued relationship.”
Jesse A. Cohn, portfolio manager at Elliott Management, a large Relativity Media shareholder added, “We are very pleased that Relativity was able to further optimize its capital structure by closing this Facility. As a successful, growing business, Relativity knows how to best deploy its capital and we are very supportive of their growth and well-established partnership.”
The deal was negotiated by Andrew Marcus (Chief Operating Officer), Ramon Wilson (EVP of Business Development) and Greg Shamo (EVP of Corporate Affairs) on behalf of Relativity, Jared Underwood, Senior Vice President, on behalf of Comerica Bank, and Senior Vice President Bryan LaCour and Vice President Brian Stearns on behalf of Union Bank.