Material adverse change provisions in credit agreements are under much heightened scrutiny in the current circumstances.
In the current environment, both corporates and their lenders are trying to assess a fast-moving situation. Businesses are suspending operations, countries are limiting travel and non-essential activities, events are being cancelled and consumers are in actual or semi-lockdown.
At present, credit arrangements are an important source of cash for companies, and continuation of trade is a function of continued access of those credit lines. An absence of liquidity may force a board of directors to consider whether a company can continue to trade as a going concern in many jurisdictions. In many cases, this consideration involves an assessment of access to available lines of liquidity and credit, as well as a company’s ability to continue to meet its ongoing payment obligations.