Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 28, 2023


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Item 1.01          Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On December 28, 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 $251 million to finance a portion of Rio Grande LNG Trains 1, 2 and 3 and related common facilities (“Phase 1”) 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 $251 million on December 28, 2023, which resulted in a reduction in the commitments outstanding under RGLNG’s existing term loan facilities for Phase 1 from under $10.8 billion to approximately $10.5 billion.


The Senior Loans will be amortized over a period of approximately 18 years beginning in mid-2029, with a final maturity in September 2047, and will accrue interest at a rate equal to 7.11% 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 June 30, 2047, 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 June 30, 2047, 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.







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: January 3, 2024






/s/ Vera de Gyarfas


Name: Vera de Gyarfas


Title: General Counsel