Form 8-K
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Washington, D.C. 20549







Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 30, 2019


Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)







(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

520 Lake Cook Road

Deerfield, IL 60015

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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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, Par Value $0.01




New York Stock Exchange

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  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  




Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On September 30, 2019, Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a five-year unsecured revolving credit agreement among the Company, the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent (the “Credit Agreement”), which amended and restated its credit agreement, dated as of June 30, 2016.

Under the Credit Agreement, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, the Company will be able to borrow loans on a revolving basis and obtain letters of credit. The aggregate principal amount of commitments under the Credit Agreement will be $1,250,000,000 ($50,000,000 of which may be used for letters of credit). The proceeds of borrowings under the Credit Agreement may be used for general corporate purposes, including working capital, capital expenditures, permitted acquisitions and other lawful corporate purposes.

Borrowings under the Credit Agreement will bear interest at variable rates equal to, at the Company’s election (1) for each base rate loan, the sum of the base rate plus the applicable base rate margin or (2) for each euro-dollar loan, the sum of a euro-dollar margin plus the euro-dollar rate for deposits in dollars with a maturity comparable to the interest period selected by the Company. The applicable base rate margin and the euro-dollar margin will be determined based on the ratings of the Company’s senior unsecured long-term debt securities.    The base rate margins range from 0% to 0.4% and the euro-dollar rate margins range from 0.9% to 1.4%. The Company elects the basis of the interest rate (base rate or euro-dollar) at the time of each borrowing and may elect to change the interest rate basis from time to time.

The Credit Agreement contains, among other things, conditions precedent, covenants, representations and warranties and events of default customary for facilities of this type. The covenants include certain limitations on secured debt, sale-leaseback transactions, subsidiary debt and guarantees, fundamental changes, acquisitions and transactions with affiliates. The Credit Agreement also includes a covenant under which the Company is required to maintain a minimum ratio of consolidated EBITDA to consolidated interest expense of 3.0 to 1.0. In addition, the Credit Agreement includes a covenant under which the Company’s ratio of consolidated total indebtedness minus certain cash and cash equivalents held by the Company and its subsidiaries to consolidated EBITDA generally may not exceed 3.5 to 1.0.

Under certain conditions the lending commitments under the Credit Agreement may be terminated by the Lenders and amounts outstanding under the Credit Agreement may be accelerated. The events of default include: failure to pay any principal, interest or other amounts when due, failure to comply with its covenants, breach of representations or warranties in any material respect, non-payment or acceleration of other material debt of the Company and its subsidiaries, bankruptcy, material judgments rendered against the Company or certain of its subsidiaries, certain ERISA events or a change of control of the Company, subject to various exceptions and notice, cure and grace periods.

From time to time, the Company and the lenders under the Credit Agreement (or affiliates of the lenders) may engage in other transactions, including arrangements under which a lender or an affiliate of the lender participates in interest rate swap or hedging arrangements with the Company, effects repurchases of shares of the Company’s common stock, serves as underwriter, placement agent or purchaser of debt issued by the Company, provides cash management, financial advisory, corporate trust, investment banking or commercial banking

services to the Company, or provides lines of credit to the Company or its affiliates among other things. Affiliates of certain lenders acted as underwriters in connection with the Company’s offer and sale of $700 million aggregate principal amount of 3.250% Senior Notes due 2029 reported in the Form 8-K filed by the Company on September 9, 2019.

The above summary of the Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Credit Agreement which will be filed with the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

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

The information set forth under “Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.” of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.

Loans that were outstanding under the June 30, 2016 Credit Agreement generally become loans outstanding under the Credit Agreement, with adjustments made to reflect changes in lenders participating in the two credit facilities. As a result, $165 million in borrowings were outstanding under the Credit Agreement on September 30, 2019.


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/ Robert K. Biggart



Robert K. Biggart



Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Date: October 1, 2019