Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Subsequent Event

Subsequent Event
3 Months Ended
May 02, 2020
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The Company has evaluated subsequent events through July 21, 2020, which is the date the unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements were issued.

Voluntary Petition for Reorganization

Pursuant to order of the Bankruptcy Court, the Chapter 11 Cases are being jointly administered under the caption In re: J. C. Penney Company, Inc. et al., Case No. 20-20182 (DRJ) Documents. Documents filed on the docket of and other information related to the Chapter 11 Cases are available free of charge online at https://cases.primeclerk.com/JCPenney.

The Debtors will continue to operate their businesses as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and the orders of the Bankruptcy Court. Following the Petition Date, the Bankruptcy Court entered certain interim and final orders facilitating the Debtors’ operational transition into Chapter 11. These orders authorized the Debtors to, among other things, access cash collateral, pay employee wages and benefits, honor customer programs and pay vendors and suppliers in the ordinary course for all goods and services provided after the Petition Date. These orders are significant because they allow us to operate our businesses in the normal course.

Prior to the commencement of the Chapter 11 Cases, on May 15, 2020, the Debtors entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (together with all exhibits and schedules thereto, the “RSA”) with members of an ad hoc group of lenders and noteholders (the “Ad Hoc Group”) that held approximately 70 percent of the Debtors’ first lien debt as of such date. On or about June 7, 2020, additional lenders and noteholders (collectively, and together with the Ad Hoc Group, the “Consenting
Stakeholders”) executed the RSA. As of such date, the Consenting Stakeholders held approximately 93 percent of the Debtors’ prepetition first lien debt. The RSA contemplates a restructuring process that will establish both a financially sustainable operating company and a real estate investment trust.

Debtor-in-Possession Financing

Pursuant to the RSA, certain of the Consenting Stakeholders and/or their affiliates agreed to provide, on a committed basis, debtor-in-possession financing on the terms set forth therein. Following entry by the Bankruptcy Court of a final order on June 8, 2020, JCP, as borrower, and J. C. Penney and certain of its subsidiaries, as guarantors (together with JCP, the “Credit Parties”), entered into a Superpriority Senior Secured Debtor-In-Possession Credit and Guaranty Agreement (the “DIP Credit Agreement”) with the financial institutions identified therein as lenders (the “Lenders”), GLAS USA LLC, as administrative agent (the “Administrative Agent”), and GLAS Americas LLC, as collateral agent. The obligations under the DIP Credit Agreement are secured by substantially all of the real and personal property of the Credit Parties, subject to certain exceptions.

The DIP Credit Agreement provides for a superpriority secured debtor-in-possession credit facility comprised of term loans in an aggregate amount of up to $900 million of which (i) up to $450 million consists of “new money” loans that will be made available to JCP ($225 million of which was provided to JCP on June 8, 2020, and $225 million was funded to an escrow account on July 9, 2020), and (ii) up to $450 million consists of certain prepetition term loan and/or first lien notes obligations that are “rolled” into the DIP Credit Agreement ($225 million of which were rolled into the DIP Facility on June 8, 2020, and $225 million of which were rolled into the DIP Credit Agreement on July 9, 2020).

The DIP Credit Agreement matures on November 16, 2020, subject to earlier termination upon the occurrence of certain events specified in the DIP Credit Agreement. The proceeds of the DIP Credit Agreement will be used, in part, to provide incremental liquidity for working capital, to pay administrative costs, premiums, fees and expenses in connection with the DIP Credit Agreement and the administration of the Chapter 11 Cases, to make court approved payments in respect of prepetition obligations and for other purposes consistent with the DIP Credit Agreement.

Loans under the DIP Credit Agreement bear interest at (i) if a Base Rate Loan, at the Base Rate (which is subject to a floor of 2.25%) plus 10.75% per annum or (ii) if a Eurodollar Rate Loan, at the Adjusted Eurodollar Rate (which is subject to a floor of 1.25%) plus 11.75% per annum.

The DIP Credit Agreement includes customary negative covenants for debtor-in-possession loan agreements of this type, including covenants limiting the Credit Parties’ and their subsidiaries’ ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, create liens on assets, make investments, loans or advances, engage in mergers, consolidations, sales of assets and acquisitions, pay dividends and distributions and make payments in respect of junior or pre-petition indebtedness, in each case subject to customary exceptions for debtor-in-possession loan agreements of this type. The DIP Credit Agreement also includes conditions precedent, representations and warranties, mandatory prepayments, affirmative covenants and events of default customary for financings of this type. Certain bankruptcy-related events are also events of default, including, but not limited to, the dismissal by the Bankruptcy Court of any of the Chapter 11 Cases, the conversion of any of the Chapter 11 Cases to a case under chapter 7 of title 11 of the United States Code, the appointment of a trustee pursuant to chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code, and certain other events related to the impairment of the Lenders’ rights or liens granted under the DIP Credit Agreement.

In addition, pursuant to the DIP Credit Agreement, upon the occurrence of a “Toggle Event,” the Credit Parties shall immediately cease pursuing a Plan of Reorganization and instead pursue the consummation of a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Credit Parties pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and shall immediately seek approval of any relief required from the Bankruptcy Court in order to undertake such sale on an expedited basis. Also, upon the occurrence of a “Toggle Event,” JCP must repay amounts funded on July 9, 2020, in excess of $50 million. A “Toggle Event” occurs upon either (i) the failure of the Supermajority Lenders to approve the Business Plan by July 31, 2020, or (ii) the failure by the Credit Parties to obtain binding commitments for third-party financing (on terms and conditions satisfactory to Administrative Agent) necessary to finance the Business Plan approved by the Supermajority Lenders by August 30, 2020.

Delisting from the NYSE
On May 18, 2020, the NYSE suspended trading in our common stock at the market opening and we received written notice from the NYSE that it had determined to commence proceedings to delist our common stock because we are no longer suitable for listing pursuant to Listed Company Manual Section 802.01D following the filing of the Chapter 11 Cases. In reaching its delisting determination, the NYSE noted the uncertainty as to the timing and outcome of the bankruptcy process, as well as the uncertainty as to the ultimate effect of this process on the value of our common stock.