Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 9, 2024


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Item 1.01          Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On February 9, 2024, Rio Grande LNG, LLC, a Texas limited liability company (“RGLNG”) and an indirect subsidiary of NextDecade Corporation (“NextDecade” or the “Company”), issued and sold $190 million aggregate principal amount of 6.85% Senior Secured Notes due 2047 (the “Notes”) pursuant to an indenture, dated as of such date, between RGLNG and Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee (the “Indenture”). The sale of the Notes was not registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), and the Notes were sold in a private placement in reliance on Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws.


The issuance and sale of the Notes resulted in a reduction in the commitments under RGLNG’s existing term loan facilities for Phase 1 from approximately $10.5 billion to approximately $10.3 billion.


The Notes will be amortized over a period of approximately 18 years beginning in mid-2029, with a final maturity in June 2047, and will accrue interest from February 9, 2024 at a rate equal to 6.85% per annum on the outstanding principal amount, with such interest payable semi-annually, in cash in arrears, on June 30 and December 30 of each year, beginning on June 30, 2024 (or the next succeeding business day).


The Indenture 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 Notes 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 Notes, 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 March 30, 2047, RGLNG may redeem all or a part of the Notes at a redemption price equal to the “make-whole” price set forth in the Indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the date of redemption. RGLNG may also, at any time on or after March 30, 2047, redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the date of redemption.


The Indenture also 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 Indenture further requires RGLNG to submit certain reports and information to the Trustee and the holders of the Notes, 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 Initial Principal Payment 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 Indenture requires RGLNG to make an offer to repurchase the Notes 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 Indenture. The Indenture 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: February 12, 2024






/s/ Vera de Gyarfas


Name: Vera de Gyarfas


Title: General Counsel