Driven Brands Closes $450 Million Securitization Issuance

Sep 29, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Driven Brands Holdings Inc. (“Driven Brands” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DRVN) announced today that it has closed an offering by certain of its subsidiaries for $450,000,000 Series 2021-1 Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes, Class A-2 (the “Offered Notes”).

This transaction was structured as a whole business securitization through Driven Brands Funding, LLC (the “Issuer”) and Driven Brands Canada Funding Corporation (the “Canadian Co-Issuer”) and represents Driven Brands’ ninth whole business securitization issuance. The Offered Notes were priced at a coupon of 2.791% and have a seven-year tenor. With this offering, the weighted-average fixed coupon of Driven Brands’ outstanding asset-backed notes improved to 3.71%.

The proceeds from the issuance will be used to pay transaction-related fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of revolving credit facilities or future acquisitions.

The Offered Notes received ratings of BBB from Kroll Bond Rating Agency and BBB- from S&P Global Ratings, consistent with the Series 2020-2 Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes, Class A-2, that closed in December 2020.

The Offered Notes are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. The Offered Notes were offered only to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A and to persons outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. This press release is not an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

About Driven Brands
Driven Brands™, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the largest automotive services company in North America, providing a range of consumer and commercial automotive needs, including paint, collision, glass, vehicle repair, oil change, maintenance and car wash. Driven Brands is the parent company of some of North America’s leading automotive service businesses including Take 5 Oil Change®, Meineke Car Care Centers®, Maaco®, 1-800-Radiator & A/C®, and CARSTAR®. Driven Brands has more than 4,300 locations across 15 countries, and services over 50 million vehicles annually. Driven Brands’ network generates more than $1 billion in revenue from more than $3 billion in system-wide sales. For more information on the power of Driven Brands, visit www.drivenbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Media or Analyst/Investor inquiries:
Rachel Webb
Rachel.webb@drivenbrands.com