|AECOM filed this Form 10-Q on 02/06/2019|
At any time and from time to time prior to December 15, 2026, the Company may redeem all or part of the 2017 Senior Notes, at a redemption price equal to 100% of their principal amount, plus a make whole premium as of the redemption date, and accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date.
In addition, at any time and from time to time prior to March 15, 2020, the Company may redeem up to 35% of the original aggregate principal amount of the 2017 Senior Notes with the proceeds of one or more qualified equity offerings, at a redemption price equal to 105.125%, plus accrued and unpaid interest. Furthermore, at any time on or after December 15, 2026, the Company may redeem on one or more occasions all or part of the 2017 Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of their principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest.
The indenture pursuant to which the 2017 Senior Notes were issued contains customary events of default, including, among other things, payment default, exchange default, failure to provide notices thereunder and provisions related to bankruptcy events. The indenture also contains customary negative covenants.
The Company was in compliance with the covenants relating to the 2017 Senior Notes as of December 31, 2018.
URS Senior Notes
In connection with the acquisition of the URS on October 17, 2014, the Company assumed the URS 3.85% Senior Notes due 2017 (2017 URS Senior Notes) and the URS 5.00% Senior Notes due 2022 (2022 URS Senior Notes), totaling $1.0 billion (URS Senior Notes). The URS acquisition triggered change in control provisions in the URS Senior Notes that allowed the holders of the URS Senior Notes to redeem their URS Senior Notes at a cash price equal to 101% of the principal amount and, accordingly, the Company redeemed $572.3 million of the URS Senior Notes on October 24, 2014. The remaining 2017 URS Senior Notes matured and were fully redeemed on April 3, 2017 for $179.2 million using proceeds from a $185 million delayed draw term loan A facility tranche under the Credit Agreement. The 2022 URS Senior Notes are general unsecured senior obligations of AECOM Global II, LLC as successor in interest to URS and are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a joint-and-several basis by some former URS domestic subsidiary guarantors.
As of December 31, 2018, the estimated fair value of the 2022 URS Senior Notes was approximately $243.6 million. The carrying value of the 2022 URS Senior Notes on the Companys Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2018 was $247.9 million. The fair value of the 2022 URS Senior Notes as of December 31, 2018 was derived by taking the mid-point of the trading prices from an observable market input (Level 2) in the secondary bond market and multiplying it by the outstanding balance of the 2022 URS Senior Notes.
As of December 31, 2018, the Company was in compliance with the covenants relating to the 2022 URS Senior Notes.
Other Debt and Other Items
Other debt consists primarily of obligations under capital leases and loans, and unsecured credit facilities. The Companys unsecured credit facilities are primarily used for standby letters of credit issued in connection with general and professional liability insurance programs and for contract performance guarantees. At December 31, 2018 and September 30, 2018, these outstanding standby letters of credit totaled $509.8 million and $486.4 million, respectively. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had $474.0 million available under these unsecured credit facilities.
Effective Interest Rate
The Companys average effective interest rate on its total debt, including the effects of the interest rate swap agreements, during the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 was 4.7% and 4.8%, respectively.
Interest expense in the consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 included amortization of deferred debt issuance costs of $2.4 million and $2.9 million, respectively.
8. Derivative Financial Instruments and Fair Value Measurements
The Company uses interest rate derivative contracts to hedge interest rate exposures on the Companys variable rate debt. The Company enters into foreign currency derivative contracts with financial institutions to reduce the risk that its cash flows and earnings will be adversely affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The Companys hedging program is not designated for trading or speculative purposes.