Leucadia becomes part owner of FXCM as terms of credit agreement are revised
We are delighted that Leucadia has shown its commitment to FXCM by becoming a long-term partner. This partnership can bring many benefits to FXCM shareholders, clients, and employees. Leucadia’s financial strength and its skill and expertise — including the deep expertise available at Jefferies — make it the ideal partner to help FXCM to continue to grow our business” – Drew Niv, CEO, FXCM
Leucadia National Corporation and FXCM today announced that they have completed the process of deepening their partnership, with Leucadia now holding a membership interest in FXCM’s operating entity, FXCM Group, LLC.
Rich Handler, Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Friedman, President of Leucadia, stated: “We are pleased to affirm our long-term commitment and investment in FXCM and are excited about our prospects for success. We look forward to our role as board members of FXCM Group, LLC, and we believe that, together, Leucadia and FXCM can further strengthen and expand the FXCM platform.”
Drew Niv, Chief Executive Officer of FXCM, stated: “We are delighted that Leucadia has shown its commitment to FXCM by becoming a long-term partner. This partnership can bring many benefits to FXCM shareholders, clients, and employees. Leucadia’s financial strength and its skill and expertise — including the deep expertise available at Jefferies — make it the ideal partner to help FXCM to continue to grow our business.”
Summary of Definitive Agreements
As described below, Leucadia and FXCM signed definitive agreements to amend the terms of their Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, and to replace their Amended and Restated Letter Agreement, each dated January 24, 2015, with, among other agreements, an amended Credit Agreement and a new Limited Liability Company Agreement
Principal Changes to the Credit Agreement
The maturity date of the Credit Agreement has been extended by one year to January 16, 2018 to allow FXCM more time to optimize remaining asset sales. While FXCM is actively marketing the non-core assets it has identified to be sold, Leucadia and FXCM concluded that greater value could be realized for all stakeholders through additional time to complete the asset sales.
FXCM will have the right to defer any three of the remaining interest payments by paying interest in kind, which will permit FXCM to maintaining flexibility to invest and grow its core business.
Until the loan under the Credit Agreement is fully repaid, all distributions and sales proceeds will continue to be used solely to repay the principal and interest. Principal Changes to the Letter Agreement and Entry into the LLC Agreement, Management Incentive Plan and Management Agreement
The Letter Agreement was terminated effective September 1, 2016, and the material terms of the Letter Agreement are now reflected in the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of FXCM Group, LLC (the “LLC Agreement”).
The existing FXCM Newco, LLC (“Newco”) agreement has been replaced by the LLC Agreement, and Newco has been renamed FXCM Group, LLC (“FXCM Group”). Leucadia owns a 49.9% membership interest in FXCM Group, and FXCM Holdings, LLC owns a 50.1% membership interest in FXCM Group.
The LLC Agreement provides that FXCM Group will be governed by an eight-member board of directors, comprising three directors appointed by Leucadia, who will be Rich Handler, Brian Friedman and Jimmy Hallac, three directors appointed by FXCM, who will be Drew Niv, William Ahdout and David Sakhai, and two independent directors, one each to be nominated by Leucadia and FXCM within the next 90 days.
Subject to certain exceptions, no FXCM Group distributions are permitted under the LLC Agreement until the principal and interest due under the Credit Agreement are repaid.
Reflecting the new partnership, FXCM will share Leucadia’s right to request a sale process after January 16, 2018, subject to both Leucadia and FXCM reasonably accepting the highest reasonable sales price.
Concurrently with the execution of the LLC Agreement, FXCM Group and FXCM Holdings, LLC entered into a Management Agreement pursuant to which FXCM Holdings, LLC will manage the assets and day-to-day operations of FXCM Group and its subsidiaries.
Simultaneously with the execution of the LLC Agreement, FXCM Group adopted the 2016 Incentive Bonus Plan for Founders and Executives, a long-term incentive program with a five-year vesting period, in order to retain and incentivize FXCM senior management to maximize cash flow generation and the growth of the business.
Distributions under the incentive program will be made only after Leucadia’s principal and interest under the Credit Agreement are repaid and will equal the following:
10% of all distributions from FXCM Group up to $350 million;
12% of all distributions from FXCM Group from $350 million to $850 million; and
14% of all distributions from FXCM Group above $850 million.
Long-term incentive program participants will receive their share of any distributions or sales proceeds while unvested. In addition, if a participant is terminated from employment other than for cause or due to a material breach of a restrictive covenant, he or she will receive either a non-voting membership interest in FXCM Group that entitles the participant to the same distributions he or she would have otherwise received under the incentive program or a lump-sum cash amount, as determined by the plan administrator in its sole discretion.
If a participant is terminated from employment for cause or due to a material breach of a restrictive covenant, he or she would not be entitled to distributions following such termination and will forfeit all interests under the plan. A termination payment will also be paid upon any change of control of FXCM Group.
Leucadia will be entitled to receive additional distributions of proceeds that, when added to its 49.9% membership interest, result in the following distribution percentages: