Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 15, 2023


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Item 1.01          Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On September 15, 2023, Rio Grande LNG, LLC, a Texas limited liability company (“RGLNG”) and an indirect subsidiary of NextDecade Corporation (“NextDecade” or the “Company”) entered into a Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) by and among RGLNG, as borrower, Wilmington Trust, National Association, as the administrative agent (in such capacity, the “Administrative Agent”), Mizuho Bank (USA), as the P1 collateral agent (the “P1 Collateral Agent”), and the senior lenders party thereto (the “Senior Lenders”). The Credit Agreement provides for a term loan facility (the “Senior Loans”) in an amount of $356 million to finance a portion of Rio Grande LNG Trains 1, 2 and 3 and related common facilities and to pay certain fees and expenses associated with the Credit Agreement and the Senior Loans made thereunder.


The Senior Loans were disbursed in one advance for the full amount of $356 million on September 15, 2023, which resulted in a reduction in the commitments outstanding under RGLNG’s existing term loan facilities for Phase 1 from $11.1 billion to under $10.8 billion.


The Senior Loans will mature on July 7, 2033 and will accrue interest at a rate equal to 6.72% per annum on the outstanding principal amount, with such interest payable semi-annually, in cash in arrears, on March 30 and September 30 of each year, beginning on March 30, 2024 (or the next succeeding business day).


The Credit Agreement is a senior secured debt instrument under the Common Terms Agreement, dated as of July 12, 2023 (the “Common Terms Agreement”), by and among RGLNG, each senior secured debt holder representative that is a party thereto, and MUFG Bank, Ltd., as the P1 intercreditor agent. The Senior Loans are senior secured obligations of RGLNG and rank pari passu with all of RGLNG’s existing and future indebtedness that is senior and secured by the same collateral securing the Senior Loans, including all obligations under the other senior secured debt instruments pursuant to the Common Terms Agreement. 


At any time or from time to time prior to April 7, 2033, RGLNG may prepay all or a part of the Senior Loans by paying the principal of the Senior Loans to be prepaid plus the “make-whole” amount set forth in the Credit Agreement plus accrued and unpaid interest. RGLNG may also, at any time on or after April 7, 2033, prepay the Senior Loans by paying the principal of the Senior Loans to be prepaid plus accrued and unpaid interest.


The Credit Agreement contains customary terms and events of default and certain covenants that, among other things, limit RGLNG’s ability to incur additional indebtedness, make certain investments or pay dividends or distributions on equity interests or subordinated indebtedness or purchase, redeem, or retire equity interests, sell or transfer assets, incur liens, dissolve, liquidate, consolidate, merge, or sell or lease all or substantially all of RGLNG’s assets. The Credit Agreement further requires RGLNG to submit certain reports and information to the Administrative Agent and the Senior Lenders, maintain certain LNG offtake agreements, and maintain a debt service coverage ratio of at least 1.10:1.00 at the end of each fiscal quarter starting from the first quarterly payment date to occur on or after the date that is ninety days following the project completion date. With respect to certain events, including a change of control event and receipt of certain proceeds from asset sales, events of loss or liquidated damages, the Credit Agreement requires RGLNG to make an offer to the Senior Lenders to have their Senior Loans prepaid at 101% (with respect to a change of control event) or par (with respect to each other event), in each case, on the terms specified in the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement covenants are subject to a number of important limitations and exceptions, including the terms and covenants contained in the Common Terms Agreement.


Item 2.03.          Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.


The information included in Item 1.01 of this Current Report is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.


Item 7.01.          Regulation FD Disclosure.


The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report is being furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 of Form 8-K and, according to general instruction B.2. thereunder, the information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement pursuant to the Securities Act or the Exchange Act.


On September 20, 2023, the Company issued a press release regarding RGLNG's entry into the Credit Agreement and the disbursement of the Senior Loans thereunder.  A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.



Press Release issued by the Company on September 20, 2023.


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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: September 20, 2023






/s/ Vera de Gyarfas


Name: Vera de Gyarfas


Title: General Counsel






NextDecade Announces $356 Million of Senior Loans for Rio Grande LNG Phase 1


Results in a Reduction of Commitments Outstanding Under Existing Loan Facilities



HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 20, 2023-- NextDecade Corporation (NextDecade) (NASDAQ: NEXT) announced today that its subsidiary, Rio Grande LNG, LLC (RGLNG), has entered into a credit agreement with a group of lenders for $356 million of senior loans to finance a portion of the first three LNG trains (Phase 1) at NextDecade’s 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) Rio Grande LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas.


The senior loans were disbursed in one advance for the full amount of $356 million on September 15, 2023, which resulted in a reduction in the commitments outstanding under RGLNG’s existing term loan facilities for Phase 1 from $11.1 billion to under $10.8 billion. These senior loans will mature in July 2033, will accrue interest at a fixed rate of 6.72%, and rank pari passu to RGLNG’s existing term loan facilities, the $500 million working capital facility, and the $700 million of 10-year senior notes issued at FID of Phase 1.


This financing transaction aligns with NextDecade’s long-term balance sheet strategy for Phase 1, which includes extending and staggering debt maturities, diversifying sources of capital, reducing bank capital over time to provide potential capacity for financing future LNG expansions, and mitigating interest rate exposure. As of the date hereof, RGLNG’s outstanding fixed-rate debt and executed interest rate swaps have reduced its exposure to movement in interest rates for over 80% of the debt currently projected to be incurred in support of Phase 1 construction.



About NextDecade Corporation


NextDecade Corporation is an energy company accelerating the path to a net-zero future. Leading innovation in more sustainable LNG and carbon capture solutions, NextDecade is committed to providing the world access to cleaner energy. Through our wholly owned subsidiaries Rio Grande LNG and NEXT Carbon Solutions, we are developing a 27 MTPA LNG export facility in South Texas along with one of the largest carbon capture and storage projects in North America. We are also working with third-party customers around the world to deploy our proprietary processes to lower the cost of carbon capture and storage and reduce CO2 emissions at their industrial-scale facilities. NextDecade’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “NEXT.” NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit


Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. The words “anticipate,” “contemplate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can have,” “likely,” “continue,” “design,” “assume,” “budget,” “guidance,” and “forecast” and other words and terms of similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, and these statements may relate to the business of NextDecade and its subsidiaries. These statements have been based on assumptions and analysis made by NextDecade in light of current expectations, perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and projections about future events and trends and involve a number of known and unknown risks, which may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks include NextDecade’s progress in the development of its LNG liquefaction and export projects and CCS projects and the timing of that progress; the timing of achieving a final investment decision on the Rio Grande LNG terminal (the “Terminal”); reliance on third-party contractors to successfully complete the Terminal, the pipeline to supply gas to the Terminal and any CCS projects; ability to develop NEXT Carbon Solutions’ business though implementation of CCS projects; ability to secure additional debt and equity financing in the future to complete the Terminal and CCS projects on commercially acceptable terms; accuracy of estimated costs for the Terminal and CCS projects; ability to achieve operational characteristics of the Terminal and CCS projects, when completed, including liquefaction capacities and amount of CO2 captured and stored, and any differences in such operational characteristics from expectations; development risks, operational hazards and regulatory approvals applicable to NextDecade’s development, construction and operation activities and those of its third-party contractors and counterparties; technological innovation which may lessen NextDecade’s anticipated competitive advantage or demand for its offerings; global demand for and price of LNG; availability of LNG vessels worldwide; changes in legislation and regulations relating to the LNG and CCS industries, including environmental laws and regulations that impose significant compliance costs and liabilities; scope of implementation of carbon pricing regimes aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions; global development and maturation of emissions reduction credit markets; adverse changes to existing or proposed carbon tax incentive regimes; global pandemics, including the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, other sources of volatility in the energy markets and their impact on NextDecade’s business and operating results, including any disruptions in its operations or development of the Terminal and the health and safety of its employees, and on its customers, the global economy and the demand for LNG; risks related to doing business in and having counterparties in foreign countries; NextDecade’s ability to maintain the listing of our securities on the Nasdaq Capital Market or another securities exchange or quotation medium; changes adversely affecting the businesses in which NextDecade is engaged; management of growth; general economic conditions; ability to generate cash; and the result of future financing efforts and applications for customary tax incentives; and other matters discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of NextDecade’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additionally, any development of the Terminal or CCS projects remains contingent upon execution of definitive commercial and financing agreements, securing all financing commitments and potential tax incentives, achieving other customary conditions and making a final investment decision to proceed. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak as of the date of this release. Although NextDecade believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the expectations will prove to be correct. NextDecade may from time to time voluntarily update its prior forward-looking statements, however, it disclaims any commitment to do so except as required by securities laws.




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