Springing term loan

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Lending - borrowing - contingency.

A springing term loan is one that only comes into effect on the occurrence of a pre-specified event.

A springing term loan facility can be established to act as a backup facility, for example in the case of needing to refinance borrowings at a time when market conditions are unattractive.

A unique fit-for-purpose financing structure
"This year’s award for Loans Below £750m went to Balanced Commercial Property Trust (BCPT)... for its £320m dual-tranche facility.
The trust, a FTSE-250 closed-ended REIT, is subject to continuation votes, with the next vote due in 2024.

Ahead of the upcoming maturities of existing facilities and vote, BCPT was looking to refinance its existing debt to bridge the vote and maximise flexibility around its outcome, while maintaining competitive pricing and retaining most of the favourable terms of its existing term loan.
At the same time, BCPT needed to plan for a range of vote outcomes, from the extension of the trust to its discontinuation via orderly disposals...

The resulting two-year facility (with two one-year extension options) included a £60m RCF and a committed ‘springing’ £260m term loan, which could only be drawn to refinance the existing institutional term loan.

Consequently, if the trust is extended, BCPT can refinance its existing institutional term loan ahead of maturity, through either the incumbent lender or bank lenders, or via a wider long-term capital markets solution.
If market conditions prove unattractive, the trust can draw down on the springing term loan to refinance the maturing existing institutional term loan, thereby removing near-term refinancing risk...

The transaction is believed to be the first of its kind in this sector, with a unique structure that is designed to manage current financing costs in a heightened rates environment, while also giving the trust both flexibility and funding certainty."
ACT Deals of the Year Awards 2023: Loans below £750m winner.

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