April 24, 2007 / 4:34 PM / 13 years ago

Blockbuster credit agreement amended for 4th time

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Reuters) - Blockbuster Inc BBI.N, the No. 1 U.S. movie rental chain, negotiated a credit agreement amendment with its lenders to gain more latitude in selling off assets, according to a securities filing on Tuesday. The amendment raises the value of sales, transfers or disposals of assets that Blockbuster may transact without lender approval to $250 million from $100 million.

Under the new amendment, Blockbuster must apply the net proceeds of those transactions to its debt, which totaled $984 million at year’s end.

This is the fourth time that Blockbuster has amended its credit agreements since 2005 to service its debt, although the Dallas-based company has made progress in selling off video game and international assets.

Blockbuster and other store-based video rental chains have been hit by declining rental revenue since 2005, as online DVD rental and other forms of entertainment have cut into in-store rental revenue.

Shares of Blockbuster were down 1.3 percent, or 8 cents per share, at $6.18 on Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange.

((Reporting by Gina Keating, editing by Gerald E. McCormick; Reuters Messaging: gina.keating.reuters.com@reuters.net; +1 213 955 6776)) Keywords: BLOCKBUSTER/AMENDMENT

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