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): June 17, 2021
Liberty Global plc
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
|England and Wales|| ||001-35961|| ||98-1112770|
|(State or other jurisdiction|
| ||(Commission File Number)|| ||(IRS Employer|
Griffin House, 161 Hammersmith Rd, London, United Kingdom
(Address of Principal Executive Office)
+44.208.483.6449 or 303.220.6600
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Class A ordinary shares||LBTYA||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
|Class B ordinary shares||LBTYB||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
|Class C ordinary shares||LBTYK||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
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Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
Virgin Media Ireland Limited (“Virgin Media Ireland”) as original borrower and the Company, VMIE Financing LLC (“VMIE LLC”) as original US borrower and The Bank of Nova Scotia as facility agent (the “Facility Agent”) and as security agent, among others, are parties to a Senior Facilities Agreement dated June 17, 2021 (the “Senior Facilities Agreement”). Virgin Media Ireland and VMIE LLC are direct or indirect (as applicable) wholly-owned subsidiaries of VMIE Group Holdings Limited and VMIE Group Holdings Limited is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Global plc.
Under the terms of the Senior Facilities Agreement, certain lenders have provided a €900.0 million ($1,071.6 million at the June 17, 2021 exchange rate) term loan facility (“Facility B1”) to Virgin Media Ireland, which amount was issued at 99.50% of par.
The final maturity date for Facility B1 is July 15, 2029. Facility B1 bears interest at a rate of EURIBOR plus 3.50% (if applicable, as adjusted in accordance with the environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) provisions set out below) per annum subject to a EURIBOR floor of 0.0%. Facility B1 has been utilized by Virgin Media Ireland for its general corporate purposes and/or working capital purposes, including without limitation, the payment of a distribution out of Virgin Media Ireland (together with its direct and indirect subsidiaries, the “Bank Group”), the redemption, refinancing, repayment or prepayment of any existing indebtedness of the Bank Group and/or the payment of any fees and expenses in connection with Facility B1 and the other transactions related thereto.
Under the terms of the Senior Facilities Agreement, certain lenders have agreed to provide a €100.0 million ($119.1 million at the June 17, 2021 exchange rate) revolving facility (the “Revolving Facility”) to Virgin Media Ireland.
The final maturity date for the Revolving Facility is September 15, 2027. The Revolving Facility bears interest at a rate of EURIBOR or LIBOR (as applicable) plus 2.75% (if applicable, as reduced pursuant to Clause 22.31 (Ratings Trigger) of the Senior Facilities Agreement and as adjusted in accordance with the ESG provisions set out below) per annum. The Revolving Facility can be utilized by the Bank Group for its general corporate purposes and/or working capital purposes.
The applicable margin for Facility B1 and the Revolving Facility is subject to a ratchet based on three ESG key performance indicators (“KPIs”) in respect of the ESG performance of the Bank Group. KPI 1 requires the Company to deliver to the Facility Agent on or prior to June 30, 2022 (tested on a one off basis) a copy of the Ireland ESG Strategy; failure to do so results in a 0.0375% per annum margin increase. KPI 2 tests (on an annual basis from and including financial year 2021) the year on year improvement in energy efficiency, measured in kWh of electricity per terabyte of data usage, resulting in an annual margin adjustment of 0.0375% per annum upwards or downwards. KPI 3 tests (on an annual basis from and including financial year 2022) the greenhouse gas emissions as against the Science Based Target Model with an annual margin adjustment (in addition to KPI 2) of 0.0375% per annum upwards or downwards. As part of KPI 3, failure to deliver the Science Based Target Model on or prior to December 31, 2021 shall result in a 0.0375% per annum margin increase (tested on a one off basis) until KPI 3 is tested in relation to financial year 2022.
The foregoing descriptions of Facility B1 and the Revolving Facility and the transactions contemplated thereby are not complete and are subject to and qualified in their entirety by reference to the Senior Facilities Agreement.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|Exhibit No.||Exhibit Name|
|101.SCH||Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document|
|101.DEF||Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document|
|101.LAB||Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document|
|101.PRE||Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)|
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.
| ||LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC|
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| ||By:||/s/ RANDY L. LAZZELL|
| || ||Randy L. Lazzell|
| || ||Vice President|
Date: June 24, 2021