Q.E.P. CO., INC. Amends Loan Agreement

Provides Additional Financial Flexibility to Pursue Strategic Priorities

Boca Raton, Florida, UNITED STATES

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Q.E.P. CO., INC. (OTCQX: QEPC) (the “Company” or “QEP”) announced today that it entered into Amendment No. 3 (the “Amendment”) to the Fifth Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement, Waiver, Consent and Release dated February 15, 2021 (as amended, the “Loan Agreement”) with its lending institution, Bank of America, N.A.

The Loan Agreement continues to provide QEP and certain of its subsidiaries with up to $85,000,000 in revolving credit availability for its working capital needs and other general corporate purposes.  

The Amendment provides for certain changes to the Loan Agreement, including:

(i) Permitting capital expenditures up to $10,000,000 for upgrades and expansion of certain manufacturing and distribution facilities;
(ii) The disposition of real and personal property in Apple Creek, Ohio for $1,450,000 as part of the dissolution of the Company’s AC Products business; and
(iii) Adjusting the requirements for the Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio financial covenant.

The foregoing description of the Amendment does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment which is incorporated herein by reference to the Company Quarterly Report to be filed on or about January 15, 2023.

About QEP

Founded in 1979, Q.E.P. Co., Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of best-in-class flooring and installation solutions for commercial and home improvement projects worldwide. QEP offers a comprehensive line of specialty installation tools, adhesives, and underlayment as well as a complete line of hardwood, luxury vinyl, and modular carpet tile. QEP sells its products throughout the world to home improvement retailers, professional specialty distribution outlets, and flooring dealers under brand names including QEP®, LASH®, ROBERTS®, Vitrex®, Brutus®, PRCI®, Plasplugs®, Tomecanic®, Premix-Marbletite® (PMM), Homelux®, Capitol® and XPS Foam™.  Brand names featured under QEP’s Harris Flooring Group® include Harris®, Kraus® and Naturally Aged Flooring™.

QEP is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with offices in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Please visit our website at www.qepcorporate.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Q.E.P. Co., Inc.
Enos Brown
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer