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Form 8-K LINCOLN EDUCATIONAL SERV For: Feb 16

February 23, 2024 3:43 PM EST

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549


FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): February 16, 2024

LINCOLN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CORPORATION


(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

New Jersey

000-51371

57-1150621
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

14 Sylvan Way, Suite A, Parsippany, NJ 07054

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (973) 736-9340

Not applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of each class
Trading
Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which
registered
Common Stock No Par Value
LINC
NASDAQ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934  (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.☐



Item 1.01.
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
 
On February 16, 2024, Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (the “Company”) entered into a secured credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with Fifth Third Bank, National Association (the “Bank”), pursuant to which the Company, as borrower, has obtained a revolving credit facility in the aggregate principal amount of $40 million including a $10 million letter of credit sublimit and a $20 million accordion feature (the “Facility”), the proceeds of which are to be used for working capital, general corporate and certain other permitted purposes. The Facility is guaranteed by the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries and is secured by a first priority lien in favor of the Bank on substantially all of the personal property owned by the Company and its subsidiaries. The term of the Facility is 36 months, maturing on February 16, 2027.
 
Each advance under the Facility will bear interest on the outstanding principal amount thereof from the date when made at an interest rate determined at the election of the Company at either the Tranche Rate (which is the forward-looking Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) for one or three months), or the Base Rate (which is a variable per annum rate, as of any date of determination, equal to the Bank’s Prime Rate), plus an Applicable Margin.  The Applicable Margin is determined pursuant to a Pricing Grid, which for loans subject to the Tranche Rate varies from 1.75% to 2.50% and for loans subject to the Base Rate varies from 0.75% to 1.50%. The Applicable Margin may change quarterly based on the Total Leverage Ratio at such time.  The Total Leverage Ratio is determined with respect to the Company and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis for an applicable quarterly period by dividing the aggregate principal amount of various forms of borrowed indebtedness as of the last day of a determination period by EBITDA (earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for such period.  Interest is paid in arrears, either quarterly or monthly depending on the Company’s interest rate election, with the principal due at maturity.
 
Under the terms of the Credit Agreement, the Company will pay to the Bank an unused facility fee on the average daily unused balance of the Facility at a rate per annum equal to 0.50%, which fee is payable in arrears on dates when interest is due and payable. The Company will also pay to the Bank a letter of credit fee equal to the Applicable Margin for loans subject to the Tranche Rate multiplied by the maximum amount available to be drawn under such letter of credit. The Credit Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and affirmative and negative covenants, as well as events of default customary for facilities of this type.
 
The foregoing description of the Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Credit Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, which 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.
 
The disclosure contained in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.
 
Item 8.01.
Other Events.

On February 23, 2024, the Company issued a press release reporting its entry into the Credit Agreement.  A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.
 
The information contained under this Item 8.01 in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section.
 

Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d)
Exhibits:
 
Exhibit
Description
   
Credit Agreement dated as of February 16, 2024 among Lincoln Educational Services Corporation and its subsidiaries and Fifth Third Bank, National Association
   
Press Release of Lincoln Educational Services Corporation dated February 23, 2024
   
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SIGNATURES

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:  February 23, 2024



 
LINCOLN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CORPORATION
   

By:
/s/ Brian K. Meyers
 

Name:
Brian K. Meyers

Title:
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer and Treasurer



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