Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Long-Term Debt

Long-Term Debt
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Long-Term Debt [Abstract]  
Long-Term Debt
9. Long-Term Debt:

On May 28, 2010, the Company and certain of its subsidiaries completed the financing on a $320,000 senior secured first lien credit facility (the "Senior Facilities"), consisting of a $290,000 term loan and a $30,000 revolving credit facility ("Revolver"). The term loan portion of the Senior Facilities has a six year term and the Revolver has a five year term. The Senior Facilities provide borrowings at interest rates based on a EuroDollar rate plus a margin of 3.75% (the "EuroDollar Margin"), or a base rate (the "Base Rate") plus a margin of 2.75% (the "Base Rate Margin"). The EuroDollar rate is subject to a minimum floor of 1.75% and the Base Rate is subject to a minimum floor of 2.75%.

Concurrently with the acquisition of the Company on May 28, 2010, Hillman Group issued $150,000 aggregate principal amount of its senior notes due 2018 (the "10.875% Senior Notes"). On March 16, 2011, Hillman Group completed an offering of $50,000 aggregate principal amount of its 10.875% Senior Notes. Hillman Group received a premium of $4,625 on the $50,000 10.875% Senior Notes offering. The 10.875% Senior Notes are guaranteed by Hillman Companies, Hillman Investment Company and all of the domestic subsidiaries of Hillman Group. Hillman Group pays interest on the 10.875% Senior Notes semi-annually on June 1 and December 1 of each year.

Prior to the consummation of the Merger Transaction, the Company, through Hillman Group, was party to a Senior Credit Agreement (the "Old Credit Agreement"), consisting of a $20,000 revolving credit line and a $235,000 term loan. The facilities under the Old Credit Agreement had a maturity date of March 31, 2012. In addition, the Company, through Hillman Group, had issued $49,800 in aggregate principal amount of unsecured subordinated notes to a group of investors, including affiliates of AEA Investors LP, CIG & Co. and several private investors that were scheduled to mature on September 30, 2012. In connection with the Merger Transaction, both the Old Credit Agreement and the subordinated note issuance were repaid and terminated.

The Senior Facilities contain financial and operating covenants which require the Company to maintain certain financial ratios, including a leverage ratio. These debt agreements provide for customary events of default, including, but not limited to, payment defaults, breach of representations or covenants, cross-defaults, bankruptcy events, failure to pay judgments, attachment of its assets, change of control and the issuance of an order of dissolution. Certain of these events of default are subject to notice and cure periods or materiality thresholds. The occurrence of an event of default permits the lenders under the Senior Facilities to accelerate repayment of all amounts due.

The Company pays interest to the Hillman Group Capital Trust ("Trust") on the Junior Subordinated Debentures underlying the Trust Preferred Securities at the rate of 11.6% per annum on their face amount of $105,443, or $12,231 per annum in the aggregate. The Trust distributes an equivalent amount to the holders of the Trust Preferred Securities. In order to retain capital, the Company's Board of Directors determined to temporarily defer interest payments on the Junior Subordinated Debentures and the Trust determined to defer the payment of cash distributions to holders of Trust Preferred Securities beginning with the January 2009 distribution. The Company's decision to defer the payment of interest on the Junior Subordinated Debentures was designed to ensure that the Company preserve cash and maintain its compliance with the financial covenants contained in its Senior Credit and Subordinated Debt Agreements. Pursuant to the Indenture that governs the Trust Preferred Securities, the Trust is able to defer distribution payments to holders of the Trust Preferred Securities for a period that cannot exceed 60 months (the "Deferral Period"). During the Deferral Period, the Company is required to accrue the full amount of all interest payable, and such deferred interest payable was immediately payable by the Company at the end of the Deferral Period. On July 31, 2009, the Company ended the Deferral Period and the Trust resumed monthly distributions and paid all deferred distributions to holders of the Trust Preferred Securities.

Effective April 18, 2011, the Company completed an amendment to the credit agreement governing its Senior Facilities. The Senior Facilities amendment eliminated the total leverage and interest coverage covenants and reduced the secured leverage covenant to 4.75x with no future step downs. The term loan pricing was modified to reduce the Eurodollar Margin and the Base Rate Margin by 25 basis points and reduce the floor on Eurodollar and Base Rate Loans by an additional 25 basis points. In connection with the amendment to the credit agreement, the Company incurred loan discount costs of $1,250. As the modification of the Senior Facilities agreement was not substantial, the unamortized loan discount and debt issuance costs will be amortized over the term of the amended Senior Facilities. The Company was in compliance with all provisions and covenants of the amended Senior Facilities as of December 31, 2011.

Effective November 4, 2011, the Company entered into a Joinder Agreement to its credit agreement under the existing Senior Facilities (the "Incremental Facility"). The Incremental Facility increased the aggregate term loan commitments available to Hillman Group under the Senior Facilities by $30,000. In connection with the Incremental Facility, the Company incurred loan discount costs of $750. As the modification of the Senior Facilities agreement was not substantial, the unamortized loan discount costs will be amortized over the term of the amended Senior Facilities. The aggregate principal amount of commitments under the Senior Facilities, after giving effect to the Incremental Facility, is $350,000. The Company used the proceeds for general corporate purposes.

As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, long-term debt is summarized as follows:


     2011      2010  

Revolving Credit Agreement

   $ —         $ 12,000   

Term Loan B

     315,575         288,550   

10.875% Senior Notes

     200,000         150,000   

Capital Leases

     134         164   






     515,709         450,714   

Less: amounts due in one year

     3,231         2,930   







Long-term debt

   $ 512,478       $ 447,784   







The aggregate minimum principal maturities of the long-term debt for each of the five years following December 31, 2011 are as follows:




   $ 3,231   









2017 and thereafter


As of December 31, 2011, the Company had $25,459 available under its revolving credit agreement and letter of credit commitments outstanding of $4,541. The Company had outstanding debt of $315,709 under its secured credit facilities at December 31, 2011, consisting of $315,575 in Term B-2 loans and $134 in capitalized lease obligations. The term loan consisted of $315,575 in Term B-2 Loans currently at a three (3) month LIBOR rate of 5.00%. The capitalized lease obligations were at various interest rates.