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8-K

September 16, 2004

8-K: Current report filing

Published on September 16, 2004


UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 


 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 14, 2004

 


 

CENTENE CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 


 

Delaware   000-3395   42-1406317
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

7711 Carondelet Avenue, Suite 800

St. Louis, Missouri

  63105
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (314) 725-4477

 

 

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 


 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

 

On September 14, 2004 we executed a five year $100,000,000 Revolving Credit Agreement with various financial institutions and LaSalle Bank National Association as administrative agent and arranger.

 

Borrowings under the agreement will bear interest based upon LIBOR rates, the Federal Funds Rate or the Prime Rate. Under our current capital structure, borrowings under the agreement will bear interest at LIBOR plus 1%. This rate may change under differing capital structures over the life of the agreement. The agreement is secured by the common stock and membership interests of our subsidiaries. The agreement contains non-financial and financial covenants, including requirements of minimum fixed charge coverage ratios, minimum debt-to-EBITDA ratios and minimum tangible net worth. The agreement will expire on September 14, 2009 or on an earlier date in the instance of a default as defined in the agreement. As of September 16, 2004, no funds had been drawn under the agreement.

 

Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement

 

On September 14, 2004, in connection with our entering into the agreement discussed under Item 1.01, we terminated our existing loan agreement with LaSalle Bank National Association, dated May 1, 2002, as amended, which had provided us with a $50,000,000 revolving line of credit facility.

 

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

 

The information required by this item is included under Item 1.01.


SIGNATURE

 

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.

 

   

CENTENE CORPORATION

Date: September 16, 2004

  By:  

/s/ Michael F. Neidorff


       

Michael F. Neidorff

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer