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): October 6, 2021
Phillips Edison & Company, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
11501 Northlake Drive
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
|(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)|
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
$0.01 par value
|PECO||The Nasdaq Global Select Market|
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).
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Item 1.01 Entry into Material Definitive Agreement.
The information set forth in Item 2.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.
Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
On October 6, 2021, Phillips Edison Grocery Center Operating Partnership I, L.P. (the “Issuer”), a Delaware limited partnership and subsidiary of Phillips Edison & Company, Inc. (the “Guarantor”), completed an underwritten public offering of $350,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 2.625% Senior Notes due 2031 (the “Notes”).
The Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Guarantor (the “Guarantee”). In addition, the Notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by each subsidiary of the Guarantor (other than the Issuer) if, and for so long as, such subsidiary, directly or indirectly, guarantees or otherwise becomes obligated in respect of certain indebtedness. The terms of the Notes are governed by an indenture, dated as of October 6, 2021 (the “Base Indenture”), by and among the Issuer, the Guarantor and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee (the “Trustee”), as supplemented by a first supplemental indenture, dated as of October 6, 2021 (the “First Supplemental Indenture” and, together with the Base Indenture, the “Indenture”), by and among the Issuer, the Guarantor and the Trustee. The Indenture contains various restrictive covenants, including limitations on the ability to incur additional indebtedness by the Guarantor and its subsidiaries and a requirement to maintain a certain percentage of total unencumbered assets by the Guarantor and its subsidiaries.
The purchase price paid by the underwriters for the Notes was 98.042% of the principal amount thereof. The Notes are the Issuer’s senior unsecured obligations and rank equally in right of payment with all of the Issuer’s other existing and future senior unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness. However, the Notes are effectively subordinated in right of payment to all of the Issuer’s existing and future mortgage indebtedness and other secured indebtedness (to the extent of the collateral securing the same) and to all existing and future indebtedness and other liabilities, whether secured or unsecured, of the Issuer’s subsidiaries that do not guarantee the notes and of any entity the Issuer accounts for using the equity method of accounting and to all preferred equity not owned by the Issuer, if any, in its subsidiaries that do not guarantee the notes and of any entity the Issuer accounts for using the equity method of accounting. The Notes bear interest at 2.625% per annum. Interest is payable on May 15 and November 15 of each year, beginning May 15, 2022, until the maturity date of November 15, 2031.
Prior to August 15, 2031, the Issuer may redeem the Notes in whole at any time or in part from time to time, at the Issuer’s option and sole discretion, at a redemption price equal to the greater of:
•100% of the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed; and
•a make-whole premium calculated in accordance with the Indenture,
plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but not including, the applicable redemption date.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, on or after August 15, 2031, the redemption price will be equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but not including, the applicable redemption date.
Certain events are considered events of default, which may result in the accelerated maturity of the Notes, including:
•default for 30 days in the payment of any installment of interest under the Notes;
•default in the payment of the principal amount or redemption price due with respect to the Notes, when the same becomes due and payable;
•failure by the Issuer or any guarantor to comply with any of the Issuer’s or such guarantor’s respective other agreements in the Notes, the guarantee or the Indenture with respect to the Notes upon receipt by the Issuer of notice of such default by the Trustee or by holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the Notes then outstanding and the Issuer’s failure to cure (or obtain a waiver of) such default within 60 days after it receives such notice;
•failure to pay any debt (other than non-recourse debt) for monies borrowed by the Issuer, the Guarantor or any of their respective Significant Subsidiaries (as defined in the Indenture) in an outstanding principal amount in excess of $50.0 million at final maturity or upon acceleration after the expiration of any applicable grace period, which debt (other than non-recourse debt) is not discharged, or such default in payment or acceleration is not cured or rescinded, within 60 days after written notice to the Issuer from the Trustee (or to the Issuer and the Trustee from holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding Notes);
•the guarantee of any guarantor of the Notes ceases to be in full force and effect (except as contemplated by the terms of the Indenture) or is declared null and void in a judicial proceeding or any guarantor denies or disaffirms its obligations under the indenture or its guarantee, except by reason of the release of such guarantee of the Notes in accordance with provisions of the Indenture; or
•certain events in bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization, or court appointment of a receiver, liquidator or Trustee of the Issuer, Guarantor, or any Significant Subsidiary or all or substantially all of their respective property.
The descriptions of the Base Indenture, the First Supplemental Indenture and the Notes in this Current Report on Form 8-K are summaries and are qualified in their entirety by the terms of the Base Indenture, the First Supplemental Indenture and the Notes, which are attached as Exhibits 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated by reference hereto.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|Exhibit Number||Description of Exhibit|
|4.3||Form of 2.625% Senior Note due 2031 (included in Exhibit 4.2).|
|23.1||Consent of Venable LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).|
|23.2||Consent of Latham & Watkins LLP (included in Exhibit 5.2).|
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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.
|PHILLIPS EDISON & COMPANY, INC.|
|Dated: October 6, 2021||By:||/s/ John P. Caulfield|
|John P. Caulfield|
|Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer|