This is the latest effort in Lionsgate’s campaign to take advantage of today’s low interest rates and reduce its annual interest costs. It should save more than $20M a year as a result of two transactions worth $450M made on Friday, and disclosed in SEC filings this morning. The new funds, plus cash on hand, enabled Lionsgate to pay off debt that carried a super-high rate of 10.25%. Lionsgate sold $225M of senior secured second priority debt that pays 5.25% and is due in 2018. The other deal, also for $225M, is a term loan described as Second Lien Credit and Guarantee Agreement. Lionsgate expects to save $10M+ a year following its earlier agreement to pay off its $500M Summit term loan more than two years early.
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