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): August 1, 2018
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|6601 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia||23230|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (804) 274-2200
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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|Item 1.01.|| |
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On August 1, 2018, Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) entered into a senior unsecured 5-year revolving credit agreement (the Credit Agreement), with the lenders named therein (the Lenders) and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMCB) and Citibank, N.A. (Citibank), as administrative agents. The Credit Agreement provides for borrowings up to an aggregate principal amount of $3 billion. The Credit Agreement expires on August 1, 2023 and includes an option, subject to certain conditions, for Altria to extend the Credit Agreement for two additional one-year periods. Interest rates on borrowings under the Credit Agreement will be based on prevailing interest rates as described in the Credit Agreement and, in part, upon Altrias senior unsecured long-term debt rating. The Credit Agreement will be used for general corporate purposes and requires that Altria maintain a ratio of consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to consolidated interest expense of not less than 4.0 to 1.0.
Altrias obligations under the Credit Agreement are guaranteed by Philip Morris USA Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altria (PM USA). PM USAs guarantee is evidenced by a guarantee agreement (the Guarantee Agreement) made by PM USA in favor of the Lenders.
The Credit Agreement replaces Altrias existing $3 billion amended and restated 5-year revolving credit agreement (the Terminated Agreement), which was to expire on August 19, 2020 and was terminated effective August 1, 2018. At termination, there were no borrowings outstanding under the Terminated Agreement. Altria presently has no borrowings outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
Some of the Lenders and their affiliates have various relationships with Altria and its subsidiaries involving the provision of financial services.
The description above is a summary and is qualified in its entirety by the Credit Agreement and the Guarantee Agreement, copies of which are attached as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated by reference in this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
The information set forth above under Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement regarding the Terminated Agreement is incorporated by reference in Item 1.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information set forth above under Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement is incorporated by reference in Item 2.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||5-Year Revolving Credit Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2018, among Altria, the Lenders and JPMCB and Citibank, as administrative agents|
|10.2||Guarantee Agreement, dated as of August 1, 2018, by PM USA in favor of the Lenders|
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.
|ALTRIA GROUP, INC.|
|Name: W. Hildebrandt Surgner, Jr.|
|Title: Vice President, Corporate Secretary and|
|Associate General Counsel|
DATE: August 1, 2018