PHINIA Announces Pricing of Private Offering of $525,000,000 of Senior Secured Notes due 2029

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PHINIA Inc. (PHIN) announces the pricing of $525 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.75% senior secured notes due 2029 in a private offering. The Offering size was increased from $425 million, with the notes being sold at 100.00% plus accrued interest. The closing is expected on or before April 4, 2024.
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PHINIA Inc.'s decision to issue $525 million in senior secured notes at a 6.75% interest rate signals several key financial strategies. Firstly, the upsizing from $425 million suggests strong investor demand or a greater need for capital than initially anticipated. This could indicate expansion efforts, debt refinancing, or other significant capital-intensive projects. The fixed interest rate of 6.75% is notably higher than the current average corporate bond yield, reflecting either a higher risk associated with the company or prevailing market conditions demanding higher returns for investors.

Investors should consider the implications of this debt issuance on the company's leverage and interest coverage ratios. An increase in debt levels can improve capital structure if used for growth or improving operational efficiencies. However, it could also signal financial strain if used to cover operational shortfalls. The secured nature of the notes means that in the event of default, these debt holders have a claim on PHINIA's assets, which could affect equity holder value.

The issuance of senior secured notes by PHINIA Inc. can have a ripple effect on its market position. By securing additional capital, PHINIA may be aiming to invest in competitive advantages or to shore up its balance sheet. The terms of the notes and the timing of the offering should be analyzed in the context of the company's industry sector and current market trends.

For instance, if PHINIA operates within a highly competitive or rapidly evolving industry, this influx of capital could be critical in maintaining or enhancing its market share. On the other hand, if the industry is facing headwinds, the company may be seeking to fortify its financial position against potential downturns. The interest rate of the notes might also be compared to those of competitors to gauge relative financial health and cost of capital.

From a credit perspective, the increase in the aggregate principal amount of PHINIA's offering to $525 million is a pivotal move. The creditworthiness of PHINIA will be impacted by the issuance of these notes. The 6.75% interest rate, which is a premium over the benchmark rates, indicates the market's perception of higher credit risk associated with PHINIA or potentially a strategic move to quickly attract capital.

Assessing the company's historical financial performance and future earnings projections is essential to understand the ability to service this new debt. The use of proceeds from the notes, whether for restructuring existing debt, funding acquisitions, or capital expenditures, will also be critical in evaluating the long-term credit implications. The secured nature of the notes provides some assurance to note holders, potentially at the expense of unsecured debt holders and equity investors.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PHINIA Inc. (“PHINIA” or the “Company”) (NYSE: PHIN) announced today that it has priced its previously announced offering (the “Offering”) and has agreed to issue and sell $525 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.75% senior secured notes due 2029 (the “notes”) in a private offering that is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The aggregate principal amount of the Offering of the notes was increased from the previously announced Offering size of $425 million aggregate principal amount of notes. The notes will be sold to investors at 100.00% plus accrued interest, if any, from April 4, 2024. The closing of the Offering of the notes is expected to occur on or about April 4, 2024, subject to customary closing conditions.

The notes will be guaranteed by each of the Company’s subsidiaries that guarantees its credit facilities. The notes and the guarantees will be secured by first-priority security interests in substantially all of the Company’s and the guarantors’ assets, subject to certain excluded assets, exceptions and permitted liens, which security interests will rank equally with the security interests securing its credit facilities.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to repay all of its outstanding borrowings under its term loan B facility and revolving credit facility, to pay fees and expenses in connection with the Offering, and for general corporate purposes.

The notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. Accordingly, the notes are being offered and sold only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to certain non-U.S. persons in transactions outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor will there be any sale of, the notes in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact that provide current expectations or forecasts of future events based on certain assumptions and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements use words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “designed,” “effect,” “estimate,” “evaluate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “initiative,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “pursue,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “when,” “will,” “would,” or other words of similar meaning.

Forward-looking statements, particularly those relating to the Offering of the notes, the use of proceeds therefrom, the expected closing date of the Offering and the ability to successfully complete the Offering within the expected time frame or at all, are subject to risks, uncertainties, and factors relating to our business and operations, all of which are difficult to predict and which could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties, and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: adverse changes in general business and economic conditions, including recessions, adverse market conditions or downturns impacting the vehicle and industrial equipment industries; our ability to deliver new products, services and technologies in response to changing consumer preferences, increased regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and acceleration of the market for electric vehicles; competitive industry conditions; failure to identify, consummate, effectively integrate or realize the expected benefits from acquisitions or partnerships; pricing pressures from original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”); inflation rates and volatility in the costs of commodities used in the production of our products; changes in U.S. administrative policy, including changes to existing trade agreements and any resulting changes in international trade relations; our ability to protect our intellectual property; failure of or disruption in our information technology infrastructure, including a disruption related to cybersecurity; our ability to identify, attract, retain and develop a qualified global workforce; difficulties launching new vehicle programs; failure to achieve the anticipated savings and benefits from restructuring and product portfolio optimization actions; extraordinary events (including natural disasters or extreme weather events), political disruptions, terrorist attacks, pandemics or other public health crises, and acts of war; risks related to our international operations; the impact of economic, political, and market conditions on our business in China; our reliance on a limited number of OEM customers; supply chain disruptions; work stoppages, production shutdowns and similar events or conditions; governmental investigations and related proceedings regarding vehicle emissions standards; current and future environmental and health and safety laws and regulations; the impact of climate change and regulations related to climate change; liabilities related to product warranties, litigation and other claims; compliance with legislation, regulations, and policies, investigations and legal proceedings, and new interpretations of existing rules and regulations; tax audits and changes in tax laws or tax rates taken by taxing authorities; volatility in the credit market environment; impairment charges on goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets; the impact of changes in interest rates and asset returns on our pension funding obligations; the impact of restrictive credit agreement covenants and requirements on our financial and operating flexibility; our ability to achieve some or all of the benefits that we expect to achieve from our spin-off from BorgWarner Inc. (the “Spin-Off”); other risks relating to the Spin-Off, including a delay or inability to transition key infrastructure, services and solutions, a determination that the Spin-Off does not qualify as tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes, restrictions under the tax matters agreement between us and BorgWarner Inc. executed in connection with the Spin-Off, and our or BorgWarner Inc.’s failure to perform under various transaction agreements executed in connection with the Spin-Off; and other risks and uncertainties described in our reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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The ticker symbol for PHINIA Inc. is PHIN.

PHINIA Inc. announced an Offering size of $525 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.75% senior secured notes due 2029.

The closing of the Offering of the notes is expected to occur on or before April 4, 2024.


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