SAN ANTONIO, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) (the “Company”), one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, today announced it has drawn down $150 million available under its Revolving Credit Facility to increase liquidity and preserve financial flexibility.
“The Americas segment continued to deliver strong growth into the first quarter of 2020; however we have begun to see weakness in certain European markets affected by COVID-19. In light of the uncertainty presented by the unprecedented pandemic, we expect that future results will be difficult to forecast,” said William Eccleshare, Worldwide Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Holdings, Inc. “Given our work to transform our business over the last year as well as our significant liquidity and available levers, we believe we are well-positioned to manage through the economic downturn. In addition, we opted to make a cautionary draw down of $150 million of availability under our revolving credit facility to further preserve financial flexibility.”
Mr. Eccleshare added, “As always, the health and safety of our employees remain our top priority. We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our global business, and we have taken and will continue to take appropriate steps to ensure the continuity of our platform and operations to serve our clients, as local conditions permit.”
As of December 31, 2019, the Company had approximately $399 million of cash on its balance sheet (including $38 million from Clear Media Limited, an indirect, non-wholly owned subsidiary based in China). Together with the $150 million in proceeds received from the draw down on the revolving credit facility, Clear Channel’s pro forma cash position on its balance sheet would have been approximately $549 million. As of December 31, 2019, the first lien leverage ratio was approximately 4.75x 1, which is well below the maximum 7.60x under the terms of the Company’s Senior Secured Credit Facilities. The draw down under the revolver does not impact this ratio, which is calculated on a net basis.