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Lithia Motors

December 18, 2013 17:02 ET

Lithia Motors Completes New $1.0 Billion Credit Agreement

MEDFORD, OR--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2013) - Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE: LAD) announced today that it has completed a $1.0 billion five-year revolving syndicated credit facility with 13 institutions that will expire in December 2018. The facility can be expanded to $1.25 billion in total availability.

The revolving facility will provide $700 million for new vehicle inventory floorplan financing, $150 million for used vehicle inventory floorplan financing and $150 million for general corporate purposes including working capital and acquisitions.

Lenders in the syndicated facility include seven manufacturer-affiliated finance companies: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC; Toyota Motor Credit Corporation; BMW Financial Services NA, LLC; American Honda Finance Corporation; Hyundai Capital America; Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation; and VW Credit, Inc. -- and six commercial banks. The commercial banks are U.S. Bank, N.A.; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Bank of America, N.A.; Bank of the West; Key Bank National Association; and TD Bank, NA. U.S. Bank and JPMorgan Chase were joint bookrunners for the syndication and U.S. Bank serves as administrative agent to the facility.

Commenting on the transaction, Chris Holzshu, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said, "The Lithia team would like to thank all of the participants for their support in completing the syndication. The new revolving facility expands our existing partnership with these banks and manufacturer-affiliated finance companies and is a testament to our deep and meaningful relationship with them."

Under the terms of the new agreement, Lithia notes that based on current borrowing levels pretax interest expense will be reduced by approximately $350,000 per quarter.

About Lithia
Lithia Motors, Inc. is the ninth largest automotive retailer in the United States. Lithia sells 28 brands of new and all brands of used vehicles at 94 stores in 11 states. Lithia also arranges finance, warranty, and credit insurance contracts; and provides vehicle parts, maintenance, and repair services at all of its locations.

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