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Debt
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Consolidation, Less than Wholly Owned Subsidiary, Parent Ownership Interest, Effects of Changes, Net [Line Items]  
Debt
NOTE 10 – Debt
The Company's outstanding debt consists of the following as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:
(in thousands)
September 30,
2021
December 31,
2020
New Credit Agreement - Term Loan
$ 220,000  $ — 
Wilmington Trust – 4.47% Term Note
60,828  — 
Wilmington Trust – 3.75% Term Note
66,558  — 
Comerica Bank – Specific Advance Facility Note
—  4,319 
Comerica Term Loan
—  12,000 
Kubota Corporation – Term Notes
—  46 

347,386  16,365 
Less unamortized debt issuance costs
(9,586) (291)
Long-term debt less debt issuance costs
337,800  16,074 
Less current maturities, net
(8,546) (1,301)
Total long-term debt
$ 329,254  $ 14,773 
Scheduled future maturities of long-term debt principal amounts are as follows:
(in thousands)
Remainder of 2021
$ 1,375 
2022 12,752 
2023 17,108 
2024 17,371 
2025 17,598 
Thereafter
281,182 
Total
$ 347,386 
New Credit Facilities
On the Closing Date and upon consummation of the Business Combinations, Archaea Energy Operating LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (f/k/a LFG Buyer Co, LLC) (“Archaea Borrower”), entered into a $470 million Revolving Credit and Term Loan Agreement (the “New Credit Agreement”) with a syndicate of lenders co-arranged by Comerica Bank. The New Credit Agreement provides for a senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Revolver”) with an initial commitment of $250 million and a senior secured term loan credit facility (the “Term Loan” and, together with the Revolver, the “Facilities”) with an initial commitment of $220 million. Pursuant to the New Credit Agreement, Archaea Borrower has the ability, subject to certain conditions, to draw upon the Revolver on a revolving basis up to the amount of the Revolver then in effect. On the Closing Date, Archaea Borrower received total proceeds of $220 million under Term Loan. Archaea Borrower has outstanding borrowings under the Term Loan of $220 million at an interest rate of 3.34% as of September 30, 2021. As of September 30, 2021, the Company issued letters of credit under the New Credit Agreement of $14.7 million that reduced the borrowing capacity of the Revolver to $235.3 million, and there were no borrowings under the Revolver. Additional letters of credit of $0.8 million were also issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021.
The maturity date of the New Credit Agreement is the last to occur of (i) September 15, 2026, (ii) the date on which the commitments under the Revolver shall terminate in accordance with the New Credit Agreement (subject to any extensions, as applicable) and (iii) the date on which the commitments under the Term Loan shall terminate in accordance with the New Credit Agreement (subject to any extensions, as applicable). Interest on the Facilities is at a floating rate based on LIBOR, with a LIBOR floor of 0.00%, or the administrative agent’s prime rate, at Archaea Borrower’s election, plus a tiered rate of 1.75% to 3.25% based on the applicable rate and type of loan. The New Credit Agreement is secured by liens on substantially all of the assets of Archaea Borrower and certain of its subsidiaries and a pledge of the equity interests of Archaea Borrower and certain of its subsidiaries. The New Credit Agreement contains customary representations and
warranties, affirmative and negative covenants, and events of default typical for a financing of this type, including a consolidated total leverage ratio covenant and a fixed charge coverage ratio, tested quarterly commencing December 31, 2021.
Assai Energy 3.75% and 4.47% Senior Secured Notes
On January 15, 2021, Assai Energy, LLC (“Assai”) entered into a senior secured note purchase agreement with certain investors for the purchase of $72.5 million in principal amount of 3.75% Senior Secured Notes (the "3.75% Notes"). Interest on the 3.75% Notes is payable quarterly in arrears on each payment date and mature on September 30, 2031. On April 5, 2021, Assai entered into an additional senior secured note purchase agreement with certain investors for the purchase of $60.8 million in principal amount of its 4.47% Senior Secured Notes (the "4.47% Notes" and, together with the 3.75% Notes, collectively the “Assai Notes”). Interest is payable quarterly in arrears on each payment date, and the 4.47% Notes mature on September 30, 2041. As of September 30, 2021, Assai received total proceeds of $127.4 million from the Assai Notes of which approximately $30.0 million was used to complete the acquisition of PEI. The remaining proceeds are expected to be used to fund the continued development of Project Assai.
Wilmington Trust, National Association is the collateral agent for the secured parties for the Assai Notes. The Assai Notes are secured by all Assai plant assets and plant revenues and a pledge of the equity interests of Assai. Cash received from the Assai Notes is restricted for use on Assai related costs and cannot be used for general corporate purposes.
Line of Credit
The Company had a revolving line of credit agreement with Comerica Bank ("Comerica") that provided for maximum borrowings of $8.0 million. The Company had no outstanding balance on the line of credit as of December 31, 2020, and the line of credit was paid off in full and terminated at the closing of the Business Combinations.
Secured Promissory Notes
On July 15 and July 26, 2021, Archaea Holdings LLC entered into several secured promissory notes with certain lenders, including related parties to the Company, in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $30.0 million. Promissory notes totaling approximately $16.5 million bear interest at 20% per annum, and promissory notes totaling approximately $13.5 million bear interest at 7.5% per annum. All unpaid principal and unpaid accrued interest of the foregoing promissory notes were due the earlier of (a) the one-year anniversary of the respective issuance date (July 15, 2022 or July 26, 2022), (b) closing date of the Business Combinations, or (c) the date on which all amounts under promissory notes shall become due and payable in the event of the Company’s default. The promissory notes bearing interest at 20% per annum include a guaranteed minimum interest payment of approximately $1.0 million in aggregate. These promissory notes were repaid in full at the closing of the Business Combinations.
Boyd County Credit Agreement
On November 10, 2020, Archaea Holdings, LLC (“Archaea Holdings”) and Big Run Power Producers, LLC (“BRPP”), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, entered into certain promissory notes with Comerica pursuant to that certain credit agreement by and between Comerica, as the lender, and Archaea Holdings and BRPP, as the borrowers (the “Boyd County Credit Agreement”). Noble Environmental, Inc. (“Noble”) guaranteed the Boyd County Credit Agreement.
Pursuant to the Boyd County Credit Agreement, Comerica made available to the borrowers $5.0 million secured specific advance facility loan (the “SAF Loan”) and $12.0 million secured term loan (the “Comerica Term Loan”). The SAF Loan and the Comerica Term Loan bear interest at LIBOR plus 4.5%. In addition to the Comerica Term Loan and the SAF Loan, the Bank has also made available to the borrowers a corporate credit card program with a credit limit of $3.5 million for use by the borrowers in connection with the operation of the business (the “Corporate Credit Account”). As of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company received total proceeds under the SAF Loan and Comerica Term Loan of approximately $17.0 million and approximately $16.3 million, respectively. The Boyd County Credit
Agreement, including the SAF Loan and the Comerica Term Loan, was repaid in full at the closing of the Business Combinations.
Noble Environmental, Inc. ("Noble Environmental"), which is a related party of Archaea, guaranteed Archaea Holding’s and BRPP's obligations under the Boyd County Credit Agreement (the "Noble Guaranty"). In consideration of Noble Environmental furnishing the Noble Guaranty, Noble Environmental required that Archaea Holdings and BRPP incur a guaranty fee. The guaranty fee is accrued on the face value of the guaranteed obligation, which shall accrue interest at a 20% interest rate subject to adjustments. The guaranty fee was evidenced by a promissory note dated November 10, 2020 made by Archaea Holding and BRPP payable to Noble Environmental (the "Noble Note"). The Noble Note aggregate balance of $3.2 million was repaid in full at the closing of the Business Combinations.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan
During 2020, the Company received a $0.2 million loan and GCES received a $0.5 million loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) as provided for under the Paycheck Protection Program (Program) established in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Company utilized the loan proceeds in accordance with established Program guidelines which would result in forgiveness of the full amount of the loan. The forgiveness of the loan resulted in no interest being charged to the Company.
In March 2021, the Company had received notification from the lending institution that the full amount of the loan had been forgiven, and the proceeds were recorded in other income in the first quarter of 2021. The amount of the proceeds received under this loan at December 31, 2020 was reflected in the accompanying balance sheets as other long-term liability.
In December 2020, GCES had received notification from the lending institution that the full amount of the loan had been forgiven, and the proceeds were recorded in other income in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Aria Energy LLC  
Consolidation, Less than Wholly Owned Subsidiary, Parent Ownership Interest, Effects of Changes, Net [Line Items]  
Debt Long-Term Debt - Predecessor
(in thousands) December 31, 2020
Notes payable - due October 7, 2020 $ 102,831 
Term Loan B - due May 2022 137,978 
Debt origination costs (1,385)
Total 239,424 
Less: Current portion of debt 102,831 
Long-term portion $ 136,593 
Notes Payable
In October 2010, LESPH entered into a credit agreement with a syndicate of bank lenders (the Banks) that provided for a term note and a working capital commitment (Line of Credit) which is described below. The term note, along with working capital commitment, is collateralized exclusively by the assets of LESPH, and is nonrecourse to Aria Energy LLC. In accordance with the associated credit agreement, the above notes payable were due October 7, 2020, but were unpaid as of December 31, 2020.
Aria enacted a plan to sell LESPH in 2020. On March 1, 2021, Aria entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (MIPA) for the purpose of selling 100% of the membership interests in LESPH. In accordance with Section 4.02 of the MIPA, the Sellers obligations at closing include the execution of the Lender Release, as defined in the agreement, releasing of Liens and claims with respect to LESPH and its consolidated and non-consolidated subsidiaries, terminating the LESPH credit agreement and discharging the borrowers’ obligations.
The sale of LESPH occurred on June 10, 2021 and the extinguishment of the debt resulted in a gain being recorded equal to the difference between the reacquisition price and the net carrying amount of the debt of $122.6 million ($102.8 million in principal, $19.8 million in unpaid interest). This gain is classified as part of nonoperating income on the Statement of Operations.
Senior Secured Credit Facility Revolver and Term Loan B
Aria Energy LLC and certain subsidiaries (Borrowers) entered into a senior secured credit facility that provides for a $200 million secured term loan, and a $40.2 million secured revolving credit facility, of which $40.0 million can be used for letters of credit. During 2020, the revolving credit maturity date was extended until November 24, 2021. The facility is secured by a first lien security interest in the assets of the Borrowers. Payments on the term loan were due in quarterly installments of $0.5 million that began on September 30, 2015 and continued until the debt was retired as part of the Business Combinations.