Blue Bird Corporation announces amendment to its credit facility


FORT VALLEY, Georgia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today, Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD), a leading manufacturer of school buses and activities, announced that it has entered into a fourth rider to its credit facility, dated December 12, 2016 .

The Fourth Amendment provides for relief from restrictive covenants until Blue Bird’s second fiscal quarter 2023. For the fiscal period 2022, the net leverage ratio is replaced by a quarterly minimum 12-month EBITDA restrictive covenant, a monthly liquidity test and a three-month rolling unit. trial sold. For the two quarters of Blue Bird’s fiscal year 2023, the total net financial leverage ratio fell from 3.50: 1:00 am to 4:00 am: 1:00 am.

The other terms of the amended credit facility include a new pricing structure, which is based on the ratio of the company’s consolidated net debt to the EBITDA ratio, additional allowances for the company to raise junior capital and availability. additional $ 10 million revolver.

“We are delighted to have the continued support of our lending partners,” said Matthew Stevenson, Managing Director. “This amendment not only gives Blue Bird the financial flexibility to continue to operate our business during the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions, but also gives us the flexibility to invest in future growth opportunities. .

Additional details on the terms of the amendment are available in 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 29, 2021.

About Blue Bird Corporation: Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD) is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its inception in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in service today. Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand. Blue Bird sets itself apart from its major competitors by its special interest in the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and bodies specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader in innovation, safety, product quality / reliability / durability, operating and handling costs. Blue Bird has a rich history of introducing new technologies to the school bus space and is the clear leader in alternative fuel school buses, with more than 20,000 low-emission, zero-emission buses on the road. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and replacement parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio. For more information on the full range of Blue Bird buses, visit www.blue-bird.com.

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