Hedge Fund Glossary

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Maintenance Covenant

a contractual provision in a Credit Agreement that requires a Borrower to maintain a certain state of affairs, for example, to meet or exceed various financial performance measures. Financial Covenants are one category of Maintenance Covenants. Financial Covenants generally require the Borrower to meet a high threshold (typically 80-90 percent) of its projections. Credit Facilities (other than covenant lite Credit Facilities) generally contain Financial Covenants, while Indentures do not. Maintenance Covenants (including Financial Covenants) are also sometimes found in second lien Term Loans, Bridge Loans and Mezzanine Financings. See also Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, Interest Coverage Ratio and Leverage Ratio.

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