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): November 13, 2020
MarketAxess Holdings Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
55 Hudson Yards, 15th Floor
New York, New York 10001
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 813-6000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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|Common Stock, par value $0.003 per share||MKTX||NASDAQ Global Select Market|
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Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On November 13, 2020, MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (the “Company”), as borrower, entered into a credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with a syndicate of lenders and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“JPMorgan”), as administrative agent. Pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the lenders have provided aggregate commitments totaling $500 million, consisting of a revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) and a $5 million letter of credit sub-limit for standby letters of credit.
No funds are being borrowed by, and no letters of credit will be issued to, the Company at this time other than an existing standby letter of credit. Any future credit extensions under the Credit Agreement are subject to customary conditions precedent. The proceeds of any loans are expected to be used for general corporate purposes.
All borrowings under the Credit Facility will bear interest, at the Company’s option, at a rate per annum equal to (A) the sum of (i) the greatest of (a) the prime rate (last quoted by The Wall Street Journal as the prime rate in the U.S.), (b) the sum of (x) the greater of the federal funds effective rate and the overnight bank funding rate plus (y) 0.50%, and (c) one month adjusted LIBOR plus 1.00%, plus (ii) the applicable rate, ranging from 0.50% to 1.25%, provided that such sum is subject to a 1.0% floor, or (B) the sum of (i) adjusted LIBOR plus (ii) the applicable rate, ranging from 1.50% to 2.25%, provided that such sum is subject to a 0.0% floor. The applicable rate is based on the Company’s net leverage ratio as determined pursuant to the terms of the Credit Agreement. Default interest is 2.00% per annum in excess of the rate otherwise applicable in the case of any overdue principal or any other overdue amount. The Credit Agreement also includes customary replacement provisions in the event of the discontinuation of LIBOR.
In addition to paying interest on outstanding principal under the Credit Agreement, the Company is required to pay a commitment fee to the lenders under the Credit Facility in respect of unutilized revolving loan commitments and a fronting fee to the issuing bank with respect to letters of credit. The Company is also required to pay a participation fee to the administrative agent for the account of each lender with respect to the Company’s participations in letters of credit at the then applicable rate, ranging from 1.50% to 2.25%, on the average daily amount of each lender’s letter of credit exposure.
The Credit Facility will mature on November 12, 2021, with the Company’s option to request up to two additional 364-day extensions at the discretion of each lender and subject to customary conditions.
The Credit Agreement permits the Company to prepay any or all of the outstanding loans or to reduce the commitments under the Credit Facility without incurring premiums or penalties (except LIBOR breakage costs).
The Credit Agreement contains customary affirmative and negative covenants, including incurrence covenants and certain other limitations on the ability of the Company and the Company’s subsidiaries to incur additional debt, guarantee other obligations, grant liens on assets, make investments or acquisitions, dispose of assets, pay dividends or other payments on capital stock, make restricted payments, engage in mergers or consolidations, enter into certain swap agreements, engage in transactions with affiliates, and enter into certain restrictive agreements. Immaterial subsidiaries of the Company are not subject to certain of the affirmative and negative covenants.
The Credit Agreement requires that the Company’s consolidated total net leverage ratio tested on the last day of each fiscal quarter not exceed 2.5 to 1.0, and that the Company’s consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve month period ending as of the last day of each fiscal quarter (commencing with the twelve month period ended September 30, 2020) not be less than $230 million. The Credit Agreement also requires that (A) each material broker-dealer subsidiary maintain monthly regulatory net capital in an amount equal to or in excess of 125% of the net capital amount required under applicable regulations and (B) MarketAxess Corporation maintain monthly regulatory net capital equal to or in excess of the greater of an amount that is (i) 125% of the net capital amount required under applicable regulations on or with respect to MarketAxess Corporation and (ii) 6.0% of MarketAxess Corporation’s aggregate debit items.
The Credit Agreement contains customary events of default (subject to customary cure periods and materiality thresholds).
Subject to satisfaction of certain specified conditions, the Company is permitted to upsize the Credit Facility by up to $250 million in total. The incremental facility is uncommitted, and it is possible that the Company may not be successful in obtaining such commitments from existing or new lenders in the amount desired or at all.
The foregoing description of the Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of such agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.
Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information set forth under Item 1.01 is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Credit Agreement, dated as of November 13, 2020, among MarketAxess Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation, the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent.|
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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.
|MARKETAXESS HOLDINGS INC.|
|Date: November 18, 2020||By:|
/s/ Scott Pintoff
|Title:||General Counsel and Secretary|