CHICAGO, March 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ) announced today that LKQ European Holdings B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, (“LKQ European Holdings”) delivered a notice of early redemption to the holders of LKQ European Holding’s €750 million 3.625% Senior Notes due 2026 (the “Notes”). The Notes and the redemption are governed by the Indenture, dated as of April 9, 2018 (the "Indenture"), among the Company, LKQ European Holdings, certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, the trustee, and the paying agent, transfer agent and registrar. The redemption date is scheduled for April 1, 2021 (the "Redemption Date"), subject to the Company having sufficient financing available on the Redemption Date to pay the redemption price. In accordance with the terms and conditions of the Indenture, the Notes will be redeemed at a redemption price equal to 101.813% of the principal amount of the Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but not including, the Redemption Date. LKQ European Holding’s €250 million senior notes due 2028, also governed by the Indenture, will remain outstanding.
Varun Laroyia, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LKQ, noted, “With the tremendous progress made by LKQ to generate significant sustainable free cash flow since 2018, we plan to utilize our strong liquidity position to redeem our €750 million senior notes early with proceeds from lower cost revolver borrowings and cash on hand. The transaction will lower our weighted average cost of debt and provide meaningful interest expense savings.”
Payment of the redemption price for the Notes will be made to the paying agent pursuant to the Indenture. BNP Paribus Trust Corporation UK Limited is the trustee, and BNP Paribus Securities Services, Luxembourg Branch, is the paying agent, for the Notes.
This press release shall not constitute a notice of redemption nor does it constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About LKQ Corporation
LKQ Corporation (www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of OE recycled and aftermarket parts, replacement systems, components, equipment, and services to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.
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Joseph P. Boutross
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