GLENDALE, CA -(Marketwire) - DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, today announced that it has successfully completed a $1.8 billion refinancing. DineEquity used the proceeds from its refinancing activities and other cash on hand to fund the retirement of all of its outstanding securitized debt as well as to redeem the majority of the Company's Series A perpetual preferred stock.
"We are pleased to have successfully refinanced the Company, securing a more favorable capital structure that maximizes our financial flexibility and allows us to focus on executing our growth plans for both the Applebee's and IHOP brands," said Julia A. Stewart, DineEquity's chairman and chief executive officer. "With this refinancing, we have addressed our previously complex capital structure in a holistic manner, taking advantage of favorable conditions in the debt markets. We minimized prepayment penalties associated with replacing our securitized debt structure while also redeeming the large majority of our Series A perpetual preferred stock with available cash. Looking forward, we intend to continue aggressively retiring debt by optimizing the stability of our cash flow performance and further reducing the capital needs of the business by moving to an even more highly franchised system over time."
Jack Tierney, DineEquity's chief financial officer, added, "Our goal was to eliminate refinancing risk and to put in place a new capital structure with attractive interest rates, extended maturities, and with the ability to reduce debt and leverage over time from our cash flow. The new bank and bond debt will achieve those objectives."
The following are key highlights of DineEquity's refinancing transaction:
Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. With nearly 3,500 restaurants combined, DineEquity is the largest full-service restaurant company in the world. For more information on DineEquity, visit the Company's Web site located at www.dineequity.com.
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