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Physicians Formula completes subordinated debt refinancing

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. — Beauty company Physicians Formula Holdings has completed the previously announced refinancing of its subordinated debt held by Mill Road Capital, and expects interest expense to be reduced by $1.5 million for the first 12 months, following the refinancing.

The company refinanced $8.9 million of subordinated debt principal, accrued paid-in-kind interest, accrued interest expense, and prepayment penalties under the Mill Road subordinated debt, with proceeds from its previously announced $4 million term note with Wells Fargo Business Credit and borrowings of $4.9 million under its existing line of credit with Wells Fargo.

"The completion of our refinancing is an important step in the improvement of Physicians Formula’s cost of capital and financial flexibility, and will help ensure that we have the financial resources necessary to execute our growth strategies. The significant savings that will be generated, coupled with the success we have seen in our 2011 investment strategy, has set the foundation for both growth and profitability in 2012,” Physicians Formula chairwoman and CEO Ingrid Jackel said.

This refinancing lowers the company’s interest expense and extends debt maturities. The company noted that the primary, specific benefits of the refinancing are as follows:

  • The effective, annualized borrowing rate on the new term note is LIBOR plus 3.5%, or approximately 3.9% using the three-month LIBOR rate as of Nov. 11. This is significantly lower than the cost of the Mill Road subordinated debt, which was 14.1% when including the impact of annually compounded paid-in-kind interest expense;

  • The borrowing rate on the line of credit with Wells Fargo has been reduced from LIBOR plus 3.5% to LIBOR plus 2.75%; and

  • The maturity date on the line of credit with Wells Fargo has been extended by three years, from November 2012 to November 2015. The term note also expires in November 2015, versus the Mill Road subordinated debt’s maturity of November 2014.

Given current rates and the borrowing costs noted above, the company expects to save approximately $1.5 million in interest expense in the first 12 months following the refinancing, before the impact of one-time refinancing costs. This translates to approximately 6 cents of earnings per diluted common share, net of tax.

The company incurred $1.3 million of one-time expenses associated with the refinancing on Nov. 10, 2011. The company noted that it expects another $100,000 of refinancing-related legal fees in the coming months. In total, these one-time expenses are expected to be the equivalent of a decrease of 6 cents of earnings per diluted common share, net of tax, and will be reflected on the company’s fourth quarter 2011 profit and loss statement.

 

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Nair awards ‘Step Out Challenge’ grand-prize winner

BY Antoinette Alexander

PRINCETON, N.J. — Church and Dwight, the maker of Nair hair removal products, has concluded the second annual "Step Out Challenge" and named a grand-prize winner.

More than 1,400 people who tried Nair shared their smooth skin experiences through written and video testimonials and received free music from Grooveshark, a music-streaming website. The grand-prize winner, Kelly Wilkie from New York, received a weekend experience, including VIP tickets to one of this year’s most sought-after concerts.

In her video, Wilkie highlighted her favorite product, Nair face wax strips. These strips are part of a line of Nair facial products, including several depilatories — moisturizing face cream, precision face and upper lip kit and sensitive formula face cream.

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This November, Colgate Total supports Stop Diabetes movement

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — In support of National Diabetes Month, Colgate Total is donating $100,000 to help support Stop Diabetes, a movement launched by the American Diabetes Association to help educate and increase awareness of the link between oral health and diabetes.

Ninety-five percent of the 26 million people living with diabetes also have a form of gum disease. This is significant in comparison to the fact that only 50% of the general population has a form of gum disease, Colgate said. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease as people without diabetes.

“People living with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums,” said Maria Emanuel Ryan, professor of oral biology and pathology at Stony Brook University. “Conversely, scientific evidence suggests that periodontal disease may play a serious role in the development and progression of diabetes by adversely affecting blood-glucose control. It is important that both patients and their healthcare providers be aware of the connection, monitor and take appropriate action to both prevent and treat periodontal disease.”

A misconception is that patients always experience pain if they have gum disease; this is not the case, and is especially important for diabetes patients to know and watch for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss;

  • Red, swollen, puffy or sore gums;

  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth;

  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite;

  • Pus that appears between your teeth and gums; and

  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

People living with diabetes and those who may be at risk should take an active role in their condition management to combat the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems by flossing, visiting the dentist regularly and brushing twice daily with antibacterial toothpaste specially formulated for gum health, the company said.

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