SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
December 1, 2016
ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York
(Address of principal executive offices)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant
On December 1, 2016, AllianceBernstein L.P. (“AB”) entered into an unsecured 364-day senior revolving credit facility in a principal amount of up to $200 million with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of AB, “SCB” and, together with AB, the “Borrowers”), as an additional Borrower, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, as Administrative Agent, and the other lending institutions that may be party thereto (the “Credit Facility”).
The Credit Facility will be available for the Borrowers’ business purposes, including the provision of additional liquidity to meet funding requirements primarily related to SCB’s operations. Both AB and SCB can draw directly under the Credit Facility and management expects to draw on the Credit Facility from time to time.
The Credit Facility contains affirmative, negative and financial covenants, which are customary for facilities of this type, including, among other things, restrictions on dispositions of assets, restrictions on liens, a minimum interest coverage ratio and a maximum leverage ratio. The Credit Facility also includes customary events of default (with customary grace periods, as applicable), including provisions under which, upon the occurrence of an event of default, all outstanding loans may be accelerated and/or the lenders’ commitments may be terminated. Also under such provisions, upon the occurrence of certain insolvency or bankruptcy related events of default, all amounts payable under the Credit Facility would automatically become immediately due and payable, and the lenders’ commitments would automatically terminate.
The foregoing does not constitute a complete summary of the terms of the Credit Facility and reference is made to the complete text of the credit agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.01.
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 thereunto duly authorized.
ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING L.P.
Dated: December 5, 2016
/s/ David M. Lesser
David M. Lesser
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