OREANDA-NEWS. November 13, 2017. Global Brokerage, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLBR) (“Global Brokerage”), announced today a series of steps to achieve stability, reduce costs, and equip Global Brokerage for the future, including entry into a restructuring support agreement and expected delisting from Nasdaq Global Market, transferring to Nasdaq Capital Market and certain changes to its board of directors and officers. 

Restructuring Support Agreement and Prepackaged Plan of Reorganization

Recently, Global Brokerage and its affiliate, Global Brokerage Holdings, LLC (“Global Brokerage Holdings”), have been engaged in a series of highly productive negotiations with an ad hoc group (the “Ad Hoc Group”) of holders of more than 68.5% of Global Brokerage’s 2.25% Convertible Notes due 2018 (the “Current Notes”). These negotiations, aimed at restructuring the terms of the Current Notes, have also included participation from FXCM Group, LLC (“FXCM Group” or “FXCM”) and Leucadia National Corporation and LUK-FX Holdings, LLC (together, “Leucadia”). 

Global Brokerage is very pleased to announce that, as a result of those negotiations, Global Brokerage, Global Brokerage Holdings, FXCM Group, Leucadia and the Ad Hoc Group have entered into a restructuring support agreement (the “RSA”) to restructure the obligations of Global Brokerage and Global Brokerage Holdings pursuant to a prepackaged plan of reorganization (the “Plan”) to be filed under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The overall purpose of the Plan is to enable Global Brokerage to extend the maturity on its current debt obligations for five years and restructure its current operations to reduce current expenses.

FXCM Group is not involved with the Chapter 11 filing.  FXCM’s customers and customer funds will not be impacted by the RSA and the Plan. Similarly, FXCM’s banking and trading counterparties, service providers, and other business relationships will not be impacted. FXCM Group, a leading retail FX and CFD broker will continue to operate normally.

Generally, the Plan provides that:

  • Current Notes will be exchanged for an equal amount of a new series of senior secured notes (the “New Secured Notes”) due five years from Global Brokerage’s emergence from Chapter 11 protection. The New Secured Notes will be guaranteed by Global Brokerage Holdings and accrue cash interest at a rate of 7% with a payment in kind toggle option.  The indenture governing the New Secured Notes will not include a convertible feature, but will include certain covenants, including covenants which, subject to certain exceptions, limit the ability of Global Brokerage and Global Brokerage Holdings to incur additional indebtedness, engage in certain asset sales, make certain types of restricted payments, engage in transactions with affiliates and create liens on assets.  The New Secured Notes are not liabilities of FXCM Group and only have recourse to the assets of Global Brokerage and Global Brokerage Holdings.
  • The credit agreement among Global Brokerage Holdings and FXCM Group, as borrowers, and Leucadia, as lender (the “Credit Agreement”), will be amended to provide a twelve-month extension.
  • The rights of holders of Global Brokerage common stock will be unimpaired.
  • The operating agreements of Global Brokerage Holdings and FXCM Group will be amended to provide certain covenants that will, among other things, permit certain excess cash generated by FXCM Group and its affiliates to be distributed to Global Brokerage Holdings and, thus, Global Brokerage.
  • The 2016 Incentive Bonus Plan for Founders and Executives, which had provided a long-term incentive program for the founders of Global Brokerage, was terminated on November 8, 2017. 
  • The waterfall for distributions from FXCM Group will be allocated as follows:   
            Amounts due under Credit Agreement: 100% Leucadia
  Next $350 million: 50% Leucadia / 50% Global Brokerage Holdings                                                                                                                                 
  Next $600 million: 90% Leucadia / 10% Global Brokerage Holdings
  All aggregate amounts thereafter: 60% Leucadia / 40% Global Brokerage Holdings 
  • Mutual releases will be effectuated among the members of the Ad Hoc Group, Leucadia, Global Brokerage, Global Brokerage Holdings and FXCM Group.  
  • All administrative expense claims, priority tax claims, and priority claims, as well as all undisputed trade obligations, of Global Brokerage will be paid in full.

Upon receipt of the requisite votes to accept the Plan, which requires the consent of more than two-thirds in terms of value of the voting holders of Current Notes and 50% in number of those noteholders who vote, Global Brokerage plans to file a Chapter 11 case to consummate the Plan. The bankruptcy case is expected to take no longer than sixty days.

FXCM Group is not involved with the Chapter 11 filing.  The RSA and the Plan were designed not to impact – and should have no impact on – FXCM Group’s business or operations. 

Nasdaq Delisting and Transfer

As previously announced, on May 2, 2017 the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) notified Global Brokerage that the market value of its publicly held shares does not meet the requirement for continued listing under the Nasdaq Global Market’s listing standards. On November 6, 2017, Global Brokerage was notified that Nasdaq would remove Global Brokerage from The NASDAQ Global Market. 

Nasdaq has approved Global Brokerage to transfer its stock to the NASDAQ Capital Market exchange, and the securities will begin trading at the opening of business on November 13, 2017.

However, by the end of the 2017 calendar year, Global Brokerage intends to initiate the steps to deregister its common stock under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) and terminate its duty to file periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ”SEC”), such as quarterly and annual reports.  As a result of deregistration, Global Brokerage expects its annual expenses to be reduced.

Board and Management Changes

In an effort to further minimize expenses as contemplated by the restructuring, the Board of Directors of Global Brokerage (the “Board”) has also decided to reduce its size.  Effective as of the Effective Date of the Plan, Messrs. David Sakhai and Eduard Yusupov will resign from their positions as members of the Board.  The decisions by Messrs. Sakhai and Yusupov to resign are not a result of any disagreement with Global Brokerage.

In addition, the following Executive Officers of Global Brokerage will submit their resignation to the Board, effective as of the Effective Date of the Plan, Margaret Deverell, Chief Accounting Officer, Robert Lande, Chief Financial Officer, and David S. Sassoon, General Counsel. The resignation of these executives from Global Brokerage will allow each of them to focus their priorities in these roles to FXCM Group.