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Section 1: 8-K (CURRENT REPORT)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 8, 2018

 

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   001-35898   27-4749725
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

96 Morton Street, 9th Floor, New York, New York   10014
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number including area code: (212) 261-9000

 

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company   

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.   

 

 

 

 

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On January 8, 2018, Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) and its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary (the “Borrower”) entered into a senior secured credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with Citibank, N.A., London Branch (“Citi”) and Eksportkreditt Norge AS (together with Citi, the “Lenders”). Pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the Lenders have agreed to make available to the Borrower, at the Borrower’s option and subject to certain conditions, a loan in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $107,694,892 for the purpose of providing financing for up to 80% of the purchase price of the Company’s new expedition ice-class cruise vessel targeted to be completed in January 2020. Seventy percent of the loan will be guaranteed by Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (“GIEK”), the official export credit agency of Norway. If drawn upon, the loan will be made at the time of delivery of the vessel.

 

At the Borrower’s election, the loan will bear interest either at a fixed interest rate effectively equal to 5.78% or a floating interest rate equal to three-month LIBOR plus a margin of 3.00% per annum. The loan will amortize quarterly based on a twelve-year profile, with 70% maturing over twelve years from drawdown, and 30% maturing over five years from drawdown. The loan will be secured by a first priority mortgage over the new vessel and the assignment of related insurances. The Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default and mandatory prepayment events for, among other things, non-payment, breach of covenants, default on certain other indebtedness, certain large judgments and a change of control of the Company or the Borrower. In addition to paying interest on any outstanding loans under the facility, the Borrower is required to pay customary coordination, arrangement, agency, collateral and commitment fees. Amounts drawn under the Credit Agreement may be voluntarily prepaid at any time subject to customary breakage costs. All obligations of the Borrower under the Credit Agreement are guaranteed by the Company.

 

The foregoing description of the provisions of the Credit Agreement is summary in nature and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full and complete terms of the Credit Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending March 31, 2018. 

 

Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

 

The disclosure required by this item is included in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC.
(registrant)
     
January 12, 2018 By: /s/ Craig I. Felenstein
    Craig I. Felenstein
Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

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