Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Long-term Debt

Long-term Debt
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Long-term Debt
12. Long-term Debt:
The summary of long-term debt is as follows:
September 30,
December 31, 2017
Term Loan Facility (U.S. dollar denominated)


Term Loan Facility (Euro denominated)


New Term Loan Facility


6.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2022


5.75% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025


ABL Facility




Total debt


Original issue discount
Deferred financing costs
Total debt, net of original issue discount and deferred financing costs


Less: current portion
Total long-term debt, excluding current portion



The fair value of a financial instrument is defined as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the fair value of the senior secured term loans and senior secured and unsecured notes was higher than book value by $26,578 and $59,319, respectively. The fair value is classified as Level 2 based upon the fair value hierarchy (see Note 4 to these condensed consolidated financial statements for further information on fair value measurements).
New Term Loan Facility
On February 8, 2018 (the “Closing Date”), PQ Corporation (the “Borrower”), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, refinanced its existing senior secured term loan facility with a new $1,267,000 senior secured term loan facility (the “New Term Loan Facility”) by entering into a third amendment agreement (the “Amendment”), which amended and restated the Term Loan Credit Agreement dated as of May 4, 2016, among the Borrower, CPQ Midco I Corporation, Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Island Branch, as administrative agent and collateral agent, and the lenders and the other parties party thereto from time to time (as amended prior to the Amendment, the “Existing Credit Agreement” and as amended and restated by the Amendment, the “New Credit Agreement”).
The New Term Loan Facility bears interest at a floating rate of LIBOR plus 2.50% per annum and matures in February 2025, effectively lowering the interest rate margin, eliminating the interest rate floor that existed on the Euro-denominated tranche prior to refinancing, and extending the maturity of its senior secured term loan facility. The New Term Loan Facility requires scheduled quarterly amortization payments, each equal to 0.25% of the original principal amount of the loans under the New Term Loan Facility. Outstanding loans under the New Term Loan Facility may be voluntarily prepaid at any time without premium or penalty. In addition, the New Credit Agreement contains customary mandatory prepayments, affirmative and negative covenants and events of default, all of which are substantially the same as under the Existing Credit Agreement.
The Company recorded $2,124 of new creditor and third-party financing costs as debt extinguishment costs during the nine months ended September 30, 2018. In addition, previous unamortized deferred financing costs of $1,403 and original issue discount of $2,352 associated with the previously outstanding debt were written off as debt extinguishment costs during the nine months ended September 30, 2018.
On the Closing Date, the Company also entered into multiple cross currency swap arrangements to hedge foreign currency risk. The swaps are designed to enable the Company to effectively convert a portion of its fixed-rate U.S. dollar denominated debt obligations into approximately €280,000 equivalent ($324,940 as of September 30, 2018). The swaps are expected to mature in February 2023.
During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company prepaid $45,000 of outstanding principal balance on the New Term Loan Facility. The Company wrote off $258 of previously unamortized deferred financing costs and original issue discount of $606 as debt extinguishment costs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.