Rite Aid announces debt refinancing move, forecasts Q1 profit

Retail pharmacy chain predicts profit of up to $90 million in first quarter

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid moved to refinance its debt Friday, announcing that it would buy half a billion dollars in notes using proceeds from a new loan, while also projecting that it would turn a profit in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2014, results of which it will announce next week.

The retail pharmacy chain said it would buy $500 million worth of 7.5% Senior Secured Notes, due 2017, using the proceeds from a $500 million second lien term loan.

The offer will expire on July 5 unless it's extended, the company said.

The company estimates that it will post a profit of between $75 million and $90 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended on Saturday, compared with a loss of $28.1 million during the same period last year. This would make the quarter the third consecutive one in which the 4,615-store chain has reported a profit.


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