Davis Polk is advising the administrative agent in connection with the debtor-in-possession financing facility for iHeartMedia, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries. The DIP facility consists of an up to $450 million asset-based revolving credit facility with an incremental $100 million accordion facility, a $175 million sublimit for letters of credit and a $50 million sublimit for swing line loans. The DIP facility will convert into an exit facility upon iHeart’s emergence from chapter 11 subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.
The DIP facility was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas on June 7, 2018. Approximately $371 million of the $450 million facility will be used to repay iHeart’s prepetition ABL credit facility, which will reduce iHeart’s postpetition interest payments by approximately $12 million through the remainder of 2018.
iHeart is a mass media corporation headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with primary operations in radio broadcasting and outdoor advertising. The company is the largest radio station group owner in the United States, operating 855 radio stations that reach more than 110 million listeners every week and producing 100 syndicated radio programs serving approximately 5,900 radio affiliates.
The Davis Polk restructuring team includes partners Damian S. Schaible and Eli J. Vonnegut and associates Stephen D. Piraino and Samuel A. Wagreich. The finance team includes partner Kenneth J. Steinberg, counsel David Hahn and associate William Son. Counsel Ethan R. Goldman is providing tax advice. Counsel Jeanine P. McGuinness and Will Schisa are providing sanctions advice. Members of the Davis Polk team are based in the New York and Washington DC offices.