SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): May 29, 2015
AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
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(IRS Employer Identification
116 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On May 29, 2015, certain subsidiaries of American Tower Corporation (the Company) entered into a Third Amended and Restated Indenture (the Indenture) with The Bank of New York Mellon (the Indenture Trustee) and two related series supplements. The description of the Indenture set forth in Item 2.03 of this Report is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
On May 29, 2015, GTP Acquisition Partners I, LLC (GTP Acquisition Partners) repaid all outstanding amounts under the Secured Tower Revenue Notes, Global Tower Series 2011-1, Class C, Secured Tower Revenue Notes, Global Tower Series 2011-2, Class C and Class F and Secured Tower Revenue Notes, Global Tower Series 2013-1, Class C and Class F (the Existing Notes), plus prepayment consideration and other costs and expenses related thereto.
For a summary of the material terms of the Existing Notes, see the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed on February 24, 2015.
Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
On May 29, 2015, GTP Acquisition Partners issued in a private transaction (the Transaction), $350 million of American Tower Secured Revenue Notes, Series 2015-1, Class A (the Series 2015-1 Notes), and $525 million of American Tower Secured Revenue Notes, Series 2015-2, Class A (the Series 2015-2 Notes, and together with the Series 2015-1 Notes, the Notes) pursuant to the Indenture and related series supplements. The Notes are guaranteed by the subsidiaries of GTP Acquisition Partners and secured primarily by 3,621 communications sites (the Sites) owned by those subsidiaries.
Certain terms of each series of the Notes are indicated in the table below.
| Initial Principal
| Final Repayment
|$||350,000,000||2.350%||June 15, 2020||June 15, 2045||Aaa(sf)/AAA(sf)|
|$||525,000,000||3.482%||June 16, 2025||June 15, 2050||Aaa(sf)/AAA(sf)|
GTP Acquisition Partners used all of the net proceeds from this issuance, together with cash on hand, to repay the Existing Notes and pay prepayment consideration and other costs and expenses related thereto.
Amounts due under the Notes will be paid solely from the cash flows generated from the operation of the Sites. GTP Acquisition Partners is required to make monthly payments of interest on the Notes, commencing in July 2015. Subject to certain limited exceptions described below, no payments of principal will be required to be made prior to the monthly payment date in June 2020, which is the anticipated repayment date for the Series 2015-1 Notes. However, if the debt service coverage ratio, generally calculated as the ratio of net cash flow (as defined in the Indenture) to the amount of interest, servicing fees and trustee fees that the Issuer will be required to pay over the succeeding twelve Payment Dates is 1.30x or less for one calendar quarter (the Cash Trap DSCR), then all cash flow in excess of amounts required to make debt service payments, to fund required reserves, to pay management fees and budgeted operating expenses and to make certain other payments required under the Indenture, referred to as excess cash flow, will be deposited into a reserve account instead of being released to GTP Acquisition Partners. The funds in the reserve account will not be released to GTP Acquisition Partners unless and until the debt service coverage ratio exceeds the Cash Trap DSCR for two consecutive calendar quarters. Additionally, an amortization period commences if, as of the end of any calendar quarter, the debt service coverage ratio falls below 1.15x (the Minimum DSCR) and will continue to exist until the debt service coverage ratio exceeds the Minimum DSCR for two consecutive calendar quarters. During an amortization period, excess cash flow is applied to repay the Notes.
The Notes may be prepaid in whole or in part at any time, provided such payment is accompanied by the applicable prepayment consideration. If prepayment occurs within twelve months of the anticipated repayment date, with respect to the Series 2015-1 Notes, or eighteen months of the anticipated repayment date with respect to the Series 2015-2 Notes, no prepayment consideration is due. The entire unpaid principal balance of Series 2015-1 Notes will be due in June 2045 and the entire unpaid principal balance of the Series 2015-2 Notes will be due in June 2050. If the Series 2015-1 Notes or the Series 2015-2 Notes have not been repaid in full on the applicable anticipated repayment date, additional interest will accrue on the unpaid principal balance of the applicable series of Notes and such series will begin to amortize on a monthly basis from excess cash flow.
The Notes are secured by (1) mortgages, deeds of trust and deeds to secure debt on substantially all of the Sites and their operating cash flows, (2) a security interest in substantially all of the personal property and fixtures of the GTP Acquisition Partners and its subsidiaries (the GTP Entities), including GTP Acquisition Partners equity interests in its subsidiaries, and (3) the rights of the GTP Entities under a Management Agreement (as defined below). American Tower Holding Sub II, LLC (the Guarantor), whose only material assets are its equity interests in GTP Acquisition Partners, has guaranteed repayment of the Notes and pledged its equity interests in GTP Acquisition Partners as security for such payment obligations.
The Indenture includes covenants customary for notes issued in rated securitizations. Among other things, the GTP Entities are prohibited from incurring other indebtedness for borrowed money or further encumbering their assets. The organizational documents of the GTP Entities contain provisions consistent with rating agency securitization criteria for special purpose entities, including the requirement that they maintain independent directors.
In connection with the issuance and sale of the Notes, the GTP Entities entered into a First Amended and Restated Management Agreement, dated as of May 29, 2015 (the Management Agreement) with Global Tower, LLC (Global Tower) as manager (in that capacity, Manager). Global Tower is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Pursuant to the Management Agreement, the Manager will perform, on behalf of the GTP Entities, those functions reasonably necessary to maintain, market, operate, manage and administer the Sites.
Also in connection with the issuance and sale of the Notes, the Guarantor entered into a First Amended and Restated Guaranty and Security Agreement, dated as of May 29, 2015 (the Security Agreement). Pursuant to the Security Agreement, the Guarantor guarantees the repayment of the Notes and the other payment obligations of the GTP Entities in connection with the Transaction and pledges the equity interests it holds in GTP Acquisition Partners as security for those payment obligations.
The foregoing is only a summary of certain provisions of the Notes and is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the Indenture and related series supplements, copies of which will be filed as exhibits to the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.
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.
|AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION|
|Date: June 1, 2015||By:||/s/ THOMAS A. BARTLETT|
|Thomas A. Bartlett|
|Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|