American Business Financial Services, Inc. Extends Investment Note Exchange Offer through February 6, 2004.
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 2, 2004
American Business Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABFI) announced today that it has extended its exchange offer through February 6, 2004, due to the response to the exchange offer and the processing volume experienced during the holiday season. During the initial phase of the exchange offer, which ended December 31, 2003, $74.6 million of the investment notes were exchanged for $35.3 million of senior collateralized subordinated notes and 39.3 million shares of Series A convertible preferred stock.
The exchange offer as extended, gives eligible noteholders two options. The first option allows eligible noteholders to exchange the principal amount of their investment note in increments of $1,000 (unless waived by the Company) for equal amounts of:
-- a senior collateralized note, with the same maturity date and
an interest rate of 10 basis points (.10%) higher than their
existing note; and
-- shares of Series A preferred stock, with a liquidation value
equal to $1.00 per share (plus any unpaid dividends). The
Series A preferred stock will be convertible into shares of
the Company's common stock commencing 24 months after the
issuance date, at an exchange rate of 20% above the
liquidation value, and at an exchange rate of 30% above the
liquidation value commencing 36 months after the issuance
The second option allows eligible noteholders to exchange 100% of the investment notes principal amount in increments of $1,000 (unless waived by the Company) for shares of Series A preferred stock.
American Business Financial Services, Inc. is a diversified financial services company operating predominantly in the eastern and central portions of the United States. The Company primarily originates, sells and services home equity and, subject to market conditions in the secondary loan market, business purpose loans through a combination of channels, including a national processing center located at its centralized operating office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a small processing center in Roseland, New Jersey. The Company also processes and purchases home equity loans from other financial institutions through its Bank Alliance Services program.
For further information, contact Stephen M. Giroux, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, 215-940-4537, or Keith Bratz, VP--Corporate Communications, 215-940-4525.
Certain statements contained in this press release, which are not historical fact, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. There are many important factors that could cause American Business Financial Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries' actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including interest rate risk, future residential real estate values, regulatory changes (legislative or otherwise) affecting the mortgage lending and real estate industries, regulatory investigations of lending practices, lending to credit-impaired borrowers, competition, demand for the Company's products, relationships with brokers, ability to obtain financing, loan prepayment rates, delinquency and default rates, access to securitization markets, changes in factors influencing or interruptions in securitization and whole loan sale markets, ability to successfully implement changes in business strategy, amount of debt outstanding, restrictive covenants in debt instruments and other risks identified in American Business Financial Services, Inc.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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|Date:||Jan 2, 2004|
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