SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 8, 2004
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
|(Commission File Number)
|(IRS Employer Identification No.)
99 Church Street
New York, New York 10007
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 553-0300
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|Item 1.01, Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
|Item 2.03, Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant
|Item 9.01, Financial Statements and Exhibits
|EX-99.1: FIVE YEAR CREDIT AGREEMENT
Item 1.01, Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
The information set forth under Item 2.03, Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 2.03, Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant
On September 1, 2004, Moodys Corporation (the Company) and certain of its subsidiaries entered into a five-year senior, unsecured revolving credit facility (the Facility) with JP Morgan Chase Bank, as administrative agent, Citibank, N.A., as syndication agent, The Bank of New York, as documentation agent, and other lenders in an aggregate principal amount of $160 million that expires in September 2009. This replaces the $80 million 5-year facility that was scheduled to expire in September 2005 and the $80 million 364-day facility that expired in September 2004. Interest on borrowings under the Facility is payable at rates that are based on the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus a premium that can range from 17 basis points to 47.5 basis points depending on the Companys ratio of total indebtedness to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Earnings Coverage Ratio), as defined in the related agreement. The Company also pays quarterly facility fees, regardless of borrowing activity under the Facility. The quarterly fees for the Facility can range from 8 basis points of the Facility amount to 15 basis points, depending on the Companys Earnings Coverage Ratio. Under the Facility, the Company also pays a utilization fee of 12.5 basis points on borrowings outstanding when the aggregate amount outstanding under the Facility exceeds 50% of the Facility.
The Facility contains covenants that, among other things, restrict the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries, without the approval of the lenders, to engage in mergers, consolidations, asset sales, transactions with affiliates and sale-leaseback transactions or to incur liens, as defined in the related agreement. The Facility also contains financial covenants that, among other things, require the Company to maintain an interest coverage ratio, as defined in the related agreement, of not less than 3 to 1 for any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters, and an Earnings Coverage Ratio of not more than 4 to 1 at the end of any fiscal quarter. Upon the occurrence of certain financial or economic events, significant corporate events or certain other events of default constituting an event of default under the Facility, all loans outstanding under the Facility (including accrued interest and fees payable thereunder) may be declared immediately due and payable and all commitments under the Facility may be terminated. In addition, certain other events of default under the Facility would automatically result in amounts due becoming immediately due and payable and all commitments being terminated.
A copy of the Facility agreement is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report.
Item 9.01, Financial Statements and Exhibits
|Five-Year Credit Agreement dated as of September 1, 2004, among Moodys Corporation, the Borrowing Subsidiaries Party Hereto, the Lenders Party Hereto, JP Morgan Chase Bank, as Administrative Agent, Citibank, N.A., as Syndication Agent, and The Bank of New York, as Documentation Agent.
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.
|/s/ John J. Goggins
|John J. Goggins
|Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Date: September 8, 2004