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Senior, Senior Subordinated, Convertible Senior Notes

Senior, Senior Subordinated, Convertible Senior Notes
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Senior, senior subordinated, convertible senior notes and other borrowings consist of the following (in thousands):
At September 30, 2013
At December 31, 2012
7.731% senior subordinated notes due 2017


4.50% senior notes due 2018


7.15% senior notes due 2020. At September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, there was approximately $3,163 and $3,528 in unamortized discount, respectively


7.00% senior notes due 2022


1.875% convertible senior notes due 2032


$135 million unsecured revolving credit facility




The indentures for our 4.50%, 7.15% and 7.00% senior notes (collectively, "the senior notes") contain covenants including, among others, limitations on the amount of secured debt we may incur, and limitations on sale and leaseback transactions and mergers. Our convertible senior notes do not have any financial covenants.

Borrowings under our unsecured revolving credit facility ("the Credit Facility") are subject to, among other things, a borrowing base. The Credit Facility also contains certain financial covenants, including (a) a minimum tangible net worth requirement of $360.0 million (which amount is subject to increase over time based on subsequent earnings and proceeds from equity offerings), and (b) a maximum leverage covenant that prohibits the leverage ratio (as defined therein) from exceeding 60%. In addition, we are required to maintain either (i) an interest coverage ratio (EBITDA to interest expense, as defined therein) of at least 1.50 to 1.00 or (ii) liquidity (as defined therein) of an amount not less than our consolidated interest incurred during the trailing 12 months. No amounts were drawn under the Credit Facility as of September 30, 2013 or December 31, 2012.
In March 2013, we completed an offering of $175 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50% Senior Notes due 2018. Concurrent with this offering, we announced a tender offer to repurchase all of our 7.731% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2017 ("2017 Notes") and subsequently issued a call offer to repurchase any and all remaining notes not tendered. As a result of the tender offer, as of September 30, 2013, we had repurchased all of the $99.8 million outstanding 2017 Notes. The debt redemption transactions resulted in costs and charges of $3.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 reflected as Loss on early extinguishment of debt in our consolidated income statements.    
In June 2013, we amended our existing Credit Facility, to among other things, extend the facility maturity date by one year from July 24, 2015 to July 24, 2016, amend the formula for calculating the borrowing base to moderately increase the advance rate for certain categories of assets and to increase the accordion feature to $75 million. In addition, two additional lenders joined the Credit Facility lending syndicate, thereby increasing the total commitment currently available under the Credit Facility to $135 million.
Obligations to pay principal and interest on our notes listed in the table above are guaranteed by all of our wholly-owned subsidiaries (each a “Guarantor” and, collectively, the “Guarantor Subsidiaries”), each of which is directly or indirectly 100% owned by Meritage Homes Corporation. Such guarantees are full and unconditional, and joint and several. In the event of a sale or other disposition of all of the assets of any Guarantor, by way of merger, consolidation or otherwise, or a sale or other disposition of all of the equity interests of any Guarantor then held by Meritage and its subsidiaries, then that Guarantor will be released and relieved of any obligations under its note guarantee. There are no significant restrictions on our ability or the ability of any Guarantor to obtain funds from their respective subsidiaries, as applicable, by dividend or loan. We do not provide separate financial statements of the Guarantor Subsidiaries because Meritage (the parent company) has no independent assets or operations and the guarantees are full and unconditional and joint and several. Subsidiaries of Meritage Homes Corporation that are nonguarantor subsidiaries, if any, are, individually and in the aggregate, inconsequential.