Form 8-K








Form 8-K






Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 18, 2011 (July 15, 2011)



Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Delaware   1-32876   20-0052541

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File No.)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

22 Sylvan Way  
Parsippany, NJ   07054
(Address of Principal Executive Office)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (973) 753-6000


(Former Name or Former Address if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On July 15, 2011, we entered into a $1 billion credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”), with the lenders party to the Credit Agreement from time to time, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as syndication agent, Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent (the “Administrative Agent”), The Bank of Nova Scotia, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, and Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, Compass Bank, and U.S. Bank National Association, as co-documentation agents. We may request that the revolving credit facility be increased from time to time upon notification to the Administrative Agent. The credit facility matures on July 15, 2016. The Credit Agreement provides for up to $350 million of the revolving credit facility to be available for the issuance of letters of credit and up to $100 million of the revolving credit facility to be available for swingline loans. The Credit Agreement replaced our existing $980 million credit facility.

Under the Credit Agreement, we pay a facility fee on the total amount of the facility (whether used or unused) that varies between 0.150% and 0.275%, depending on our credit rating. Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear interest at an annual rate based on either the “eurodollar rate” or the “alternate base rate” in effect plus the “applicable margin”. Borrowings under the Credit Agreement that are based on eurodollar rates are generally based on the rate (adjusted for any statutory reserve requirements) for eurocurrency deposits for one, two, three, six or, subject to the approval of each lender, twelve months which is the British Bankers Association LIBOR rate, as published by Reuters. The “alternate base rate” of interest is the highest of (rounded up to the next 1/16 of 1%) of (i) the Federal Funds Rate plus 1/2 of 1%, (ii) the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by Bank of America, N.A. as its “prime rate,” and (iii) LIBOR plus 1%. The “prime rate” is a rate set by Bank of America, N.A. based upon various factors including Bank of America, N.A.’s costs and desired return, general economic conditions and other factors, and is used as a reference point for pricing some loans, which may be priced at, above, or below such announced rate. The “applicable margin” for eurodollar rate loans varies between 0.850% and 1.725%, depending on our credit rating. The “applicable margin” for alternate base rate loans is 1.00% less than the “applicable margin” for eurodollar rate loans then in effect.

The Credit Agreement contains customary terms and conditions, including certain financial covenants, including the requirement to maintain a Minimum Consolidated Interest Coverage Ratio (Consolidated EBITDA/Consolidated Interest Expense) of at least 3.0x and a Maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio (Consolidated Total Indebtedness/Consolidated EBITDA) of 3.75x or less. The Credit Agreement also contains negative covenants including, without limitation, covenants restricting our ability to incur liens or additional indebtedness, to sell assets, to merge or consolidate with another entity and to enter into sale and leaseback transactions.

The events of default under the Credit Agreement include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) failure to pay outstanding principal or interest, (2) failure of representations or warranties to be correct, in any material respects, (3) failure to perform any other term, covenant or agreement and such failure is not remedied within 30 days of notice of such failure, (4) a cross-default with other debt in certain circumstances, (5) certain defaults upon obligations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, (6) bankruptcy, or (7) a change in control. Such events of default would require the repayment of any outstanding borrowings and the termination of the right to borrow additional funds under the Credit Agreement.

In connection with the Credit Agreement we also established a $250,000,000 Australian Dollar subfacility pursuant to which certain revolving loans made under the Credit Agreement may be denominated in Dollars or Australian Dollars.

Some of the lenders under the Credit Agreement and their affiliates have various relationships with us and our subsidiaries involving the provision of financial services, including cash management, investment banking, trust and leasing services. In addition, we and some of our subsidiaries have entered into foreign exchange and other derivative arrangements with certain of the lenders and their affiliates.



Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

The information provided in Item 1.01 with respect to the Credit Agreement is incorporated by reference herein.




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.


Date: July 18, 2011     By:  

/s/ Nicola Rossi

        Name:   Nicola Rossi
        Title:   Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer