|TIME WARNER INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 10/26/2017|
TIME WARNER INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
As of September 30, 2017, the Company held 101 million warrants each to purchase one share of CME Class A common stock. The warrants, which became exercisable in May 2016, have a four-year term that expires in May 2018 and an exercise price of $1.00 per share and do not contain any voting rights. The warrants are carried at fair value in Investments, including available-for-sale securities in the Consolidated Balance Sheet, which at September 30, 2017, was $309 million.
As of September 30, 2017, there were no amounts outstanding under the $115 million revolving credit facility Time Warner provided CME in 2014.
On March 2, 2017, Time Warner, CME and CME Media Enterprises B.V. (CME BV), a wholly owned subsidiary of CME, entered into an amendment (the 2017 Amendment) to the Amended and Restated Reimbursement Agreement, dated as of November 14, 2014, and as amended and restated as of February 19, 2016. Effective March 1, 2017, the 2017 Amendment reduced the guarantee fees payable by CME and CME BV to Time Warner for Time Warners guarantees of CMEs obligations under its 251 million senior unsecured term loan that matures on November 1, 2018 and its 235 million senior unsecured term loan that matures on November 1, 2019 as well as CME BVs obligation under its 469 million senior unsecured term loan that matures on February 19, 2021. The reduced fee to be paid to Time Warner for each of these guarantees is equal to a rate (the all-in rate) ranging between 5% and 8.5%, measured quarterly based on CMEs consolidated net leverage ratio, less the interest rate on the term loans. A portion of the fee equal to 5.0% less the interest rate on the term loans is payable in cash by CME and CME BV and the remainder may be payable in cash or in kind, at CMEs option. The 2017 Amendment also provides that if CMEs consolidated debt level is less than 815 million by September 30, 2018, the all-in rate will be decreased further by 50 basis points. In addition, if there is a change in control of CME, the all-in rate will increase to the lower of (i) the then applicable guarantee fee payable to Time Warner plus 3.5% and (ii) 10.0% on the date that is 180 days following such change of control. The 2017 Amendment did not affect the terms of the guarantees the Company provided to CMEs and CME BVs lenders under the term loans.
A fair value measurement is determined based on the assumptions that a market participant would use in pricing an asset or liability. A three-tiered hierarchy draws distinctions between market participant assumptions based on (i) observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets (Level 1), (ii) inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are observable either directly or indirectly (Level 2) and (iii) unobservable inputs that require the Company to use present value and other valuation techniques in the determination of fair value (Level 3). The following table presents information about assets and liabilities required to be carried at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively (millions):