Amending a facility agreement
Amending a facility agreement

The following Banking & Finance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Amending a facility agreement
  • Common reasons for amending a facility agreement
  • Form of amendment documentation
  • Amending facilities which are guaranteed or supported by third party security
  • Deciding whether to consent to an amendment
  • Conditions to amendment taking effect
  • Fees, costs and expenses for amendments
  • For further information, see:

During the term of a facility, the borrower's financial position is likely to fluctuate. Sometimes, its circumstances change to such an extent that it wants the terms of the facility documentation to be formally altered to reflect this change. For example, a borrower might ask its lenders to relax the financial covenants binding on it if its financial condition has significantly improved and looks set to be sustained. Conversely, if the borrower isn't performing well financially, it might ask its lenders to reschedule the debt to make the repayment dates achievable. Those types of amendments are permanent.

One-off waivers and consents arise where the borrower's circumstances have changed in a more temporary way. For example, it might have had a bad quarter, causing it to temporarily breach a financial covenant. In these circumstances, the borrower will not need a permanent amendment to the facility agreement but rather just a short-term waiver from the lenders to avoid it being in default. Sometimes, the borrower does not need a waiver from the lenders but, rather, consent from them for something that it wishes to do which is prohibited by a negative undertaking in the facility agreement.

This Practice Note discusses the key issues involved in permanently amending an existing facility agreement. It does not deal with one-off waivers and consents. For information on waivers and