Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Debt Refinancing Results in Improved Balance Sheet and Extended Maturity Profile

BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ: HMHC) today commented on the expected benefits resulting from its recent debt refinancing activities.

“The Company’s recent capital markets activities will enable us to have an improved balance sheet and a significantly extended maturity profile” said Jack Lynch, the Company’s President and CEO. “Once our refinancing is completed, HMH will have a lower gross debt level – an important step forward in de-levering our balance sheet. The prepayment terms in this new capital structure will provide us the strategic flexibility to invest in growth, execute our strategy and generate greater free cash flow at all points in our business cycle.”

“Our disciplined capital allocation strategy and strong financial performance were instrumental in an expected corporate credit rating upgrade from Moody’s and the ability to refinance our existing term loan with extended maturities and attractive prepayment terms,” said Joe Abbott, Chief Financial Officer of the Company. “We believe that we are on a path to de-lever over time and our next nearest material debt maturity will be in 2024.”

Recent Transactions

  • Anticipated closing of the issuance of $306 million of 9.000% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 (the "New Senior Secured Notes") on November 22, 2019

  • Anticipated closing of a $380 million, five-year senior secured term loan facility at LIBOR plus 6.25% on November 22, 2019

  • Anticipated closing of a $250 million five-year senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility on November 22, 2019

  • Proceeds from the issuance of the New Senior Secured Notes and new term loan facility plus approximately $114 million in cash to be used to fully repay the outstanding $766 million term loan facility due 2021

Upcoming Conferences
Joe Abbott and Brian Shipman, the Company’s Senior Vice President of Investor Relations will be presenting at the upcoming IDEAS Investor Conference in Dallas in November, the BMO Growth Conference in Boston in December, and the Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference in San Francisco in December.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Nasdaq: HMHC) is a learning company committed to delivering integrated solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students’ potential and extend teachers’ capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and three million educators in 150 countries, while its award-winning children’s books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.


Investor Relations
Brian S. Shipman, CFA
SVP, Investor Relations

Media Relations
Bianca Olson
SVP, Corporate Affairs

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