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PRA Group Extends & Amends Credit Facility, Boosts Flexibility

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PRA Group, Inc. (PRAA - Free Report) enhanced its financial flexibility by extending and amending its North American credit facility on Aug 26, 2020.

It boosted the total term amount to $475 million by adding a term loan from particular lenders in an aggregate principal amount of $55 million. Notably, it reduced the aggregate commitments under the domestic revolving credit facility from $1.068 billion to $1 billion.

PRA Group increased its aggregate commitments under the Canadian revolving credit facility from $50 million to $75 million. It reduced the London Interbank Offered Rate and Eurodollar base rate floor from 1% to 0.75% for revolving loans.

PRA Group also increased its consolidated total leverage ratio from 3% to 3.5%.

The maturity date is extended to May 5, 2024 from May 5, 2022.

Per management, the extension and amendment to the company’s credit facilities will substantially strengthen its financial flexibility by allowing it to make the most of investment opportunities.

Notably, the company ended the second quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $115.7 million, down 3.4% from the level at 2019 end. At the end of the second quarter, borrowings decreased 8.1% to $2.6 billion from the number at 2019 end.

On the company’s last earnings call, management announced amending its European credit facility, adding $200 million in total capacity and extending the maturity to 2023. The entity also amended its North American facility, which cushioned its leverage ratios. It gained short-term flexibility from these strategic actions.

Over the past few years, the company has been witnessing a rise in its borrowing costs while an increased leverage resulted in higher interest expenses. In the first six months of 2020, interest expenses inched up 3.7% from the figure at 2019 end.

Consequently, the company’s total debt to total capital of 69.8% is higher than the industry’s average of 61%. Its times interest earned stands at 2.2X, lower than the industry's average of 4.9X.

Zacks Rank and Price Performance

The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In a year's time, its shares have gained 32.7% against its industry's decline of 7.7%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

The price performance looks stellar against other companies’ stock movements in the same space, such as Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (EEFT - Free Report) , TCG BDC Inc. (CGBD - Free Report) and CURO Group Holdings Corp. (CURO - Free Report) , which have lost 36%, 25.9% and 43.9%, respectively, in the same time frame.

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