LPL Investment Holdings Inc. (LPLA), parent company of the largest independent broker-dealer, LPL Financial, announced Monday that it has successfully refinanced its long-term debt, and that it will pay a special $2 dividend for shareholders in May, with the possibility of further dividend payments in the second half of the year.
CFO Robert Moore said the refinancing will produce annualized savings to the company of about $10 million and “increased financial flexibility,” though he said that considering possible acquisitions is “just a portion of that flexibility,” and that the announcement is “not meant to signal that we are now in acquisition mode.”
(In January 2012, LPL announced it would acquire wealth management and reporting firm Fortigent.)
Specifically on the debt refinancing, LPL has established a new Term Loan A of $735 million maturing on March 29, 2017, and a new Term Loan B of $615 million maturing on March 29, 2019. It will also maintain a revolving credit facility of up to $250 million. Moore (left) said the new agreements reduce interest expenses, extends maturity dates of the debt, “including our revolver which was to expire in 2013,” and also allows for “the alteration of many covenant structures whose roots go back to 2007.” The new debt structure, he said, gives LPL the ability to continue its growth; being able to do so at a lower cost was “very compelling.”