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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 16, 2021



Central Garden & Pet Company

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Delaware   001-33268   68-0275553

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)


1340 Treat Boulevard, Suite 600,

Walnut Creek, California

(Address of Principal Executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(925) 948-4000

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code)

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if changed since last report)



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock   CENT   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
Class A Common Stock   CENTA   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  

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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On December 16, 2021, Central Garden & Pet Company (the “Company”) entered into a Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement with the Company, as borrower, certain of the Company’s domestic and Canadian subsidiaries, as guarantors, a syndicate of financial institutions party thereto (each a “Lender” and together, the “Lenders”), Truist Bank (“Truist”), as issuing bank and administrative agent (in such capacity the “Administrative Agent”), and Truist Securities, Inc., Bank of America, N.A., KeyBank Capital Markets, Inc., U.S. Bank National Association and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, Bank of America, N.A., KeyBank National Association, U.S. Bank National Association and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as co-syndication agents, and Bank of the West, Capital One National Association, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and MUFG Bank, Ltd., as co-documentation agents (the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement amends and restates that certain Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of September 27, 2019 (the “Predecessor Credit Agreement”) and has been increased to provide for a $750 million principal amount senior secured asset based revolving credit facility, with up to an additional $400 million principal amount available if the Company exercises the uncommitted accordion feature set forth therein (collectively, the “Credit Facility”). The Credit Facility now matures on December 16, 2026. The Company may borrow, repay and reborrow amounts under the Credit Facility until its maturity date, at which time all amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility must be repaid in full.

The Credit Facility is subject to a borrowing base calculated using a formula based upon eligible receivables and inventory, and at the Company’s election, eligible real property, minus certain reserves. The Company did not draw down any commitments under the Credit Facility upon closing. Proceeds of the Credit Facility will be used for general corporate purposes. The Credit Facility includes a $50 million sublimit for the issuance of letters of credit and a $75 million sublimit for short-notice borrowings.

Borrowings under the Credit Facility will bear interest at an index based on LIBOR (which will not be less than 0.00%) or, at the option of the Company, the Base Rate (defined as the highest of (a) the Truist prime rate, (b) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.50%, (c) one-month LIBOR plus 1.00%, and (d) 0.00%), plus, in either case, an applicable margin based on the Company’s average usage level under the facility. Such applicable margin for LIBOR-based borrowings fluctuates between 1.00%-1.50% and was 1.00% at the time of closing, and such applicable margin for Base Rate borrowings fluctuates between 0.00%-0.50%, and was 0.00% at closing. An unused line fee shall be payable quarterly in respect of the total amount of the unutilized Lenders’ commitments and short-notice borrowings under the Credit Facility. Letter of credit fees at the applicable margin on the average undrawn and unreimbursed amount of letters of credit shall be payable quarterly and a facing fee of 0.125% shall be payable quarterly for the stated amount of each letter of credit. The Company is also required to pay certain fees to the administrative agent under the Credit Facility. The Credit Agreement provides for the transition from LIBOR to SOFR and does not require an amendment in connection with such transition.

The Credit Facility contains customary covenants, including a financial covenant which requires the Company to maintain a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.00:1.00 at the end of each fiscal quarter in which the covenant has been triggered, reporting requirements and events of default. The Credit Facility is secured by substantially all assets of the Company and its subsidiaries guaranteeing the Credit Facility, including (i) pledges of 100% of the stock or other equity interest of each domestic subsidiary that is directly owned by such entity and (ii) 65% of the stock or other equity interest of each foreign subsidiary that is directly owned by such entity, in each case subject to customary exceptions.

The foregoing description of the Credit Facility is only a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Credit Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto.

Item 2.03

Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

Please refer to the description of the Credit Facility disclosed in Item 1.01 above.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

The following exhibits are included with this Current Report on Form 8-K:




Exhibit Title or Description

 10.1    Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of December 16, 2021, by and among the Company, certain domestic and Canadian subsidiaries party thereto, the Lenders, and Agent.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File – the cover page iXBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



/s/ George Yuhas

  George Yuhas
  General Counsel

Dated: December 21, 2021