SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
DATE OF REPORT (Date of earliest event reported): May 28, 2021
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
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(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
1200 Abernathy Road, Suite 1200
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On May 28, 2021, Mueller Water Products, Inc. (the “Company”) issued and sold $450 million aggregate principal amount of its 4.000% Senior Notes due 2029 (the “Notes”) through a private placement to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or to persons outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes were sold pursuant to a purchase agreement, dated May 18, 2021, among the Company, the wholly-owned subsidiaries named as guarantors therein (the “Guarantors”), and BofA Securities, Inc., as representative of the initial purchasers named therein (the “Initial Purchasers”). The Company intends to use the proceeds from the offering, together with cash on hand, to fund the redemption of all of its outstanding 5.50% Senior Notes due 2026.
Interest on the Notes is payable semi-annually in cash in arrears on June 15 and December 15 of each year, commencing December 15, 2021. The Notes will mature on June 15, 2029.
The Notes were issued under an Indenture, dated May 28, 2021 (the “Indenture”), among the Company, the Guarantors and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee. The Indenture contains covenants which, subject to certain exceptions, limit the ability of the Company and its Restricted Subsidiaries (as defined in the Indenture) to, among other things, incur indebtedness secured by liens, engage in sale/leaseback transactions, and consolidate or merge. The Indenture contains customary events of default. Upon the occurrence of an event of default, payments on the Notes may be accelerated and become immediately due and payable.
Upon a Change of Control (as defined in the Indenture), the Indenture requires the Company to make an offer to repurchase the Notes at 101% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest.
The Company may redeem the Notes at any time prior to June 15, 2024, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount, plus a customary make-whole premium, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date. In addition, at any time prior to June 15, 2024, the Company may redeem up to 40% of the aggregate principal amount of Notes with the proceeds of certain equity offerings at a redemption price equal to 104.000% of the principal amount of the Notes so redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date. On or after June 15, 2024, the Notes will be redeemable, in whole or in part, at the redemption prices specified in the Indenture.
The Notes rank effectively junior in right of payment to the Company’s and the Guarantors’ existing and future secured indebtedness to the extent of the value of the collateral securing such indebtedness. The Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed jointly and severally on a senior basis by the Guarantors.
The foregoing descriptions of the Indenture and the Notes are qualified in their entirety to the form of the Indenture and the Note filed herewith as Exhibits 4.1 and 4.2, respectively, and incorporated in this Item 1.01 by reference.
The Initial Purchasers or their affiliates have performed commercial banking, investment banking and advisory services for the Company from time to time for which they have received customary fees and reimbursement of expenses.
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 is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
|Dated: June 1, 2021||MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.|
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| ||By:||/s/ Marietta Edmunds Zakas|
| || ||Marietta Edmunds Zakas|
| || ||Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|