Save A Lot Announces Successful Completion of Business Recapitalization
Receives Infusion of New Capital to Accelerate Business Transformation Plan,
with Strong Support of New Owners and Lenders
ST. LOUIS (April 3, 2020) – Save A Lot, a U.S. discount grocer, today announced the successful completion of a comprehensive recapitalization of the business and significant deleveraging of the Company’s balance sheet. Under the terms of the agreement, which was supported unanimously by all constituents, the Company has completed debt-for-equity and debt-for-debt exchanges that eliminated ~$500 million in debt and provided an infusion of $350 million in new capital from a combination of new and existing lenders to support the Company’s operations and acceleration of its transformation plan.
“With the completion of this recapitalization, we are moving forward with a substantially stronger financial foundation as we continue serving our customers and executing our transformation plan,” said Kenneth McGrath, Chief Executive Officer of Save A Lot. “Our ability to achieve this outcome through a fully consensual and out-of-court agreement is a significant achievement and reflects the confidence of our new owners and lenders in our business model and long-term growth prospects. We thank our vendors and retail partners for their trust and support throughout this process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them into the future.”'
Mr. McGrath continued, “As our nation is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I cannot say enough about the strength and resilience of our retail partners and our team members. These incredible people are on the front lines every day, and we thank them for their unwavering dedication to serving our customers and helping our communities manage through this unprecedented situation. We understand the critical role our company plays as our communities rely on us now more than ever to provide food and other essential, high quality products at low prices.”
PJ SOLOMON served as financial advisor to Save A Lot, FTI Consulting served as restructuring advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel. Halsey Lane Holdings, LLC served as an advisor to the Board of Directors of Save A Lot. Alix Partners served as restructuring advisor to Save A Lot’s term loan lenders, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal counsel.
About Save A Lot
Founded in 1977, Save A Lot is one of the largest discount grocery store chains in the U.S. with over 1,000 stores in 33 states and 14 wholesale distribution centers. Save A Lot remains true to its mission of adding unmatched value to its local communities. Every day. Every way. Customers enjoy significant savings compared to traditional grocery stores on great tasting, high quality private label brands, national brand products, USDA-inspected meat, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and other non-food items. For more information, visit SaveALot.com and follow Save A Lot on Facebook (facebook.com/savealot) and Instagram (@SaveALotFoodStores).