SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) September 18, 2020
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
50 Northern Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
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Title of each class
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Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value Per Share
The Nasdaq Global Select Market
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On September 18, 2020, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, a Massachusetts corporation (the “Company” or “we”) entered into a Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”), with Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited, a private limited company incorporated in England and Wales and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, as a co-borrower, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Ireland) Limited, a private company limited by shares incorporated in Ireland and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, as a co-borrower, certain other wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company as subsidiary guarantors, Bank of America, N.A and the other lenders referred to therein, which is summarized below. The Credit Agreement provides for a $2.0 billion senior unsecured revolving facility. The Credit Agreement also provides that, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, we may request that the borrowing capacity under the Credit Agreement be increased by an additional $500 million. The Credit Agreement matures on September 18, 2022.
Proceeds of borrowings under the Credit Agreement will be used for general corporate purposes. Loans will bear interest, at our option, at either a base rate or a Eurocurrency rate, in each case plus an applicable margin. Under the Credit Agreement, the applicable margin on base rate loans ranges from 0.500% to 0.875% and the applicable margin on Eurocurrency loans ranges from 1.500% to 1.875%, in each case, based on our consolidated leverage ratio (the ratio of our total consolidated funded indebtedness to our consolidated EBITDA for the most recently completed four fiscal quarter period). Loans under the Credit Agreement may be prepaid at par and commitments under the Credit Agreement may be reduced at any time, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty (except for LIBOR breakage costs).
Loans will be guaranteed by certain of our existing and future domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions.
The Credit Agreement contains customary representations and warranties and affirmative and negative covenants, including financial covenants to maintain (x) subject to certain limited exceptions, a consolidated leverage ratio of 3.50 to 1.00, subject to an increase to 4.00 to 1.00 following a material acquisition and (y) a consolidated interest coverage ratio of 2.50 to 1.00, in each case to be measured on a quarterly basis. The Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default. In the case of a continuing event of default, the administrative agent would be entitled to exercise various remedies, including the acceleration of amounts due under any outstanding loan.
Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information disclosed under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference herein.
The foregoing description of the Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Credit Agreement, which will be filed with Vertex’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020.
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.
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED
|Date: September 21, 2020||/s/ Michael Parini|
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative, Legal and Business Development Officer