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Form 8-K for CHAMPION INDUSTRIES INC


26-Mar-2013

Triggering Events That Accelerate or Increase a Direct Financial Obligati


Item 2.04 Triggering Events that Accelerate or Increase a Direct
Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement

Champion Industries, Inc.'s ("the Company's") term loan facilities and $10,000,000 revolving credit facility ("Restated Credit Agreement") with a syndicate of banks ("Lender Parties") contain restrictive financial covenants requiring the Company to maintain certain financial ratios. In a letter dated March 22, 2013, received March 25, 2013, Fifth Third Bank, the Administrative Agent under the Restated Credit Agreement, sent the Company a Notice of Default and Reservation of Rights ("Notice of Default"), advising that the Company is in default under provisions of the Credit Agreement requiring it to maintain certain financial ratios. The default relates to Section 7.1(b) for noncompliance with the minimum EBITDA covenant, set forth in Section 6.20(d) of the Restated Credit Agreement.

The Notice of Default advises the Company and its subsidiaries ("the Loan Parties") that at this time, neither the Existing Defaults nor any other rights, remedies, claims and causes or action are being waived by the Lender Parties, and the Lender Parties have not determined what actions they (or any of them) will take with respect to the Existing Defaults; however, the Lender Parties expressly reserve all rights and remedies available to them under the Restated Credit Agreement and the other Loan Documents, at law and in equity, including, without limitation, (i) the right to cease making advances of Revolving Loans, cease issuing new letters of Credit, and terminate the remaining Commitments, (ii) the right to accelerate and therefore make the Obligations immediately due and payable at any time, and (iii) such other rights and remedies in respect of the Loan Parties, third parties (including, without limitation, guarantors, subordinated parties and other third parties) and all personal property given as collateral by any of such Persons, including, without limitation, any Lender Party's right of setoff.

The Notice of Default advises that neither it nor anything contained in it will constitute, or be deemed to be , (i) a waiver of any Event of Default, whether past, present, or future, (ii) a modification or amendment of the Loan Documents, or (iii) any commitment by the Lender Parties to extend any loans, financial accommodations, or forbearances to any of the Loan Parties. Furthermore, neither the Notice of Default nor any Lender Party's acceptance of any partial payment on account of the Obligations shall constitute a waiver of any Existing Defaults, and nothing contained in it shall confer on Borrower any right to notice or cure periods with respect to any Event of Default. Without limiting the foregoing, as a result of the Existing Defaults, Borrower is not in compliance with the conditions precedent set forth in Section 3.1 of the Restated Credit Agreement. Consequently, the extension of any additional credit under the Restated Credit Agreement (if any additional credit were extended at all) would be made by the Lenders in their sole discretion and without any intention whatsoever to waive any of the Existing Defaults.

In connection with the Restated Credit Agreement, the Company and all of its subsidiaries entered into a security agreement and deeds of trust and mortgages in favor of the Administrative Agent for the various lenders from time to time parties to the Restated Credit Agreement, pursuant to which the Company and its subsidiaries encumbered substantially all their assets for the benefit of the secured parties, as collateral security for the payment and performance of their obligations under the Restated Credit Agreement. The encumbered assets include substantially all tangible and intangible assets of the Company and its subsidiaries including, without limitation, substantially all accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, real estate and stock of the subsidiaries.

Regardless of the Company's inability to remain in compliance with certain financial covenants, the Company has made every scheduled payment of principal and interest (the Company believes it will be unable to achieve the March 31, 2013 Bullet Note A payment). The principal payments made by the Company from the loan inception in September 2007 through January 31, 2013 aggregated approximately $49.7 million (excludes impact of deferred fee for Term Loan B) or 58.1% of the initial balance outstanding at September 2007 of approximately $85.5 million, during a significant economic and secular downturn within the economy.

The Company has continued to work with the investment banking group of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. to assist it with a restructuring or refinancing of the existing debt and other potential transaction alternatives. The Company continues to have ongoing dialogue with the Administrative Agent and the syndicate of banks with respect to its credit facilities regarding the Events of Default and/or an amendment/restructuring of the existing debt. A total of approximately $36.0 million of debt, deferred fees and outstanding revolving line of credit borrowings are subject to accelerated maturity and, as such, the Lenders may, at their option, give notice to the Company that amounts owed are immediately due and payable.


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