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Six Flags Saves 25% on Annual Cash Interest Costs with New Debt Refinancing Deal

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, USA /PRNewswire/ — Six Flags Entertainment Corporation announced that it has entered into a new $1.135 billion credit facility that will reduce cash interest costs by more than $13 million annually, assuming current LIBOR rates, and provide the company with added financial flexibility, including a larger revolver and the ability to distribute incremental cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

The new credit facility includes a $200 million revolver and a $75 million Term Loan A, both with five-year terms currently priced at LIBOR plus 2.25 percent, plus a seven-year $860 million Term Loan B priced at LIBOR plus 3.25 percent. The Term Loan B pricing includes a LIBOR floor of 1.0 percent. The proceeds from the new $935 million term loans were used, along with $15 million of existing cash, to retire a pre-existing $950 million term loan. Approximately 87 percent of the new term loans are not due until December 2018 and no funds were drawn from the revolver as of the date of the closing.

“The debt refinancing represents yet another positive step for the company,” said John Duffey, Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags. “The new credit facility will improve cash flow, strengthen our capital structure and allow us to continue to create shareholder value.”

The joint bookrunners on the transaction were: Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Bank of America, N.A., Barclays Bank plc, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs Bank USA, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

On November 30, 2011 Standard & Poor’s Rating Services upgraded the company’s corporate credit rating to BB based on the company’s current business risk profile and the terms of the company’s new credit facilities.

ABOUT SIX FLAGS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with approximately $1.0 billion in revenue and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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