Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Note 8 - Long-term Debt

Note 8 - Long-term Debt
12 Months Ended
Dec. 25, 2022
Notes to Financial Statements  
Debt Disclosure [Text Block]

(8) Long-term Debt


Long-term debt consists of the following (amounts in thousands):



December 25,


December 26,






Senior Credit Facility:


Revolving credit facility

  $ 30,000     $ 70,000  

Less current maturities

    $ 30,000     $ 70,000  


As of December 25, 2022, the Company had $30.0 million of outstanding indebtedness under its senior credit facility with approximately $105.3 million of borrowings available, net of outstanding letters of credit of approximately $4.7 million. As of December 25, 2022, the interest rate on the Company’s outstanding debt was 5.5% and the weighted average interest rate on our outstanding letters of credit was 1.6%. In addition, the commitment fee on the daily unused average portion of the Company’s senior credit facility was 0.3%.


On October 18, 2021, the Company entered into an amended and restated credit agreement, which amended and restated its prior credit agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as administrative agent, and certain other lenders (as amended and restated, the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement provides for a revolving credit facility of $140.0 million with a $10.0 million sub-facility of letters of credit and a $5.0 million sub-facility for swingline loans. Subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions and lender consent, the revolving credit facility may be increased up to a maximum of $200.0 million. The Credit Agreement has a maturity date of October 18, 2026.


The Credit Agreement contains customary representations and affirmative and negative covenants (including limitations on indebtedness and liens) as well as financial covenants, as described below, requiring a minimum fixed coverage charge ratio as defined in the Credit Agreement (“Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio”) limiting the Company’s actual leverage ratio as defined in the Credit Agreement (“Maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio”). The October 2021 amendment and restatement of the Credit Agreement set the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio and Maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio to a Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio equal to or greater than 1.25:1.00 and Maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio no greater than 3.00:1.00. Effective with the October 2021 amendment and restatement of the Credit Agreement, dividends and share repurchases are not limited if the Company’s Consolidated Leverage Ratio is less than 2.50:1.00 and holds a minimum liquidity of $25.0 million. The Credit Agreement also contains events of default customary for credit facilities of this type (with customary grace periods, as applicable), including nonpayment of principal or interest when due; material incorrectness of representations and warranties when made; breach of covenants; bankruptcy and insolvency; unsatisfied ERISA obligations; unstayed material judgment beyond specified periods; default under other material indebtedness; and certain changes of control of the Company. If any event of default occurs and is not cured within the applicable grace period or waived, the outstanding loans may be accelerated by lenders holding a majority of the commitments and the lenders’ commitments may be terminated. The obligations under the Credit Agreement are guaranteed by certain of the Company’s subsidiaries and are secured by a lien on substantially all of the Company’s personal property assets other than any equity interest in current and future subsidiaries of the Company.


Interest rate margins and the fee for the unused commitment will be calculated based on the Maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio, and at the Company’s option, revolving loans may bear interest at either:




LIBOR, plus an applicable margin, or




the highest of (a) the rate publicly announced by Wells Fargo as its prime rate, (b) the average published federal funds rate in effect on such day plus 0.50% and (c) one month LIBOR plus 1.00%, plus an applicable margin (the rate described in this clause (ii) prior to adding the applicable margin, the “Base Rate”).


The applicable margin is based on the Company’s Maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio, ranging (a) from 1.50% to 2.25% above the applicable LIBOR rate or (b) 0.50% to 1.25% above the applicable Base Rate.  


Subsequent to the end of fiscal year 2022, in January 2023, the Company paid down $15.0 million of the outstanding indebtedness on the revolving credit facility and increased its outstanding letters of credit to $5.0 million.