Jack in the Box to implement new capital structure in form of securitization
Jack in the Box Inc. announced that it intends to implement a new capital structure in the form of a securitization. The decision to pursue a securitization represents the conclusion of the company's previously announced exploration of a range of strategic and financing alternatives to maximize shareholder value. The company's Board of Directors and management team, with the support of legal and financial advisors, conducted a robust and wide-ranging process, which included contacting a broad range of potential strategic and financial buyers, both domestic and international. Simultaneously, the company explored various financing alternatives, and the Board and management team have concluded that implementing a new capital structure in the form of a securitization is the best alternative for driving shareholder value at this time. "With this evaluation behind us, we are dedicated to moving the Jack in the Box brand forward. The Board of Directors unanimously and wholeheartedly supports chairman and chief executive officer Lenny Comma and the entire management team as we collectively pursue a strategic plan focused on value creation as a standalone company," said David Goebel, lead director of the Board. The company intends to replace its existing senior credit facility, which includes a term loan and revolving credit facility, with a securitization. The net proceeds of the new facility would be used for repayment of the existing credit facility, transaction costs associated with the refinancing, and general corporate purposes, including the return of cash to shareholders. Following the completion of the securitization, the company intends to resume share repurchases through open market transactions, a potential accelerated share repurchase program, or a combination thereof, with a target leverage ratio of approximately 5.0 times EBITDA.