Washington, DC 20549





to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) May 4, 2012


(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)


0-6966   13-2739290
(Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
817 Maxwell Avenue, Evansville, Indiana   47711
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


(812) 467-4449
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Section 1 – Registrant’s Business and Operations


Item 1.01 – Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement


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


On May 4, 2012, Escalade, Incorporated (“Escalade”) entered into the Eighth Amendment (the “Eighth Amendment”) to Escalade’s Credit Agreement with its issuing bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“Chase”). The Eighth Amendment amends the Credit Agreement dated as of April 30, 2009, as amended by Amendments First through Seventh (collectively, the “Credit Agreement”), among the Company, Chase and the other lenders identified therein (collectively, “Lender”).


This Form 8-K describes the primary changes to the Credit Agreement as a result of the Eighth Amendment. For the entire text of the Eighth Amendment, which constitutes all of the changes resulting from the Eighth Amendment, please see Exhibit 10.1 attached hereto. Except as set forth in the Eighth Amendment, the terms and conditions of the Credit Agreement remain in full force and effect. All capitalized terms not defined in this Form 8-K have the meanings set forth in the Credit Agreement or, if applicable, as amended pursuant to the Eighth Amendment.


The Eighth Amendment modified the loan covenants relating to Capital Expenditures, stock repurchases, and issuances of common stock. Escalade now may incur increased Capital Expenditures of up to $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2012, and up to $4,000,000 for fiscal year 2013; repurchase shares of Escalade common stock for an aggregate amount of up to $1,000,000; and issue up to 2,500,000 shares of its common stock pursuant to the Escalade 2007 Incentive Plan, as amended at Escalade’s 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to increase the total number of shares available for grant thereunder from 1,000,000 shares to 2,500,000 shares.


Escalade’s indebtedness under the Credit Agreement continues to be collateralized by liens on all of the present and future equity of each of Escalade’s domestic subsidiaries and substantially all of the assets of the Company. In addition, each direct and indirect domestic subsidiary of Escalade has unconditionally guaranteed all of the indebtedness of Escalade arising under the Credit Agreement and has secured its guaranty with a first priority security interest and lien on all of its assets. The Pledge and Security Agreement dated April 30, 2009 by and between Escalade and Chase, and each Pledge and Security Agreement dated April 30, 2009 by and between each such Escalade subsidiary and Chase continue in full force and effect, as amended by the Master Amendment to Pledge and Security Agreements dated May 31, 2010 entered into by Chase, Escalade and each such subsidiary. The Unlimited Continuing Guaranty dated April 30, 2009 applicable to each of Escalade’s domestic subsidiaries continues in full force and effect without change. In connection with the execution of the Eighth Amendment, each of Escalade’s domestic subsidiaries consented to the execution of such Amendment and reaffirmed their Guaranty in favor of Lender.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


  (c) Exhibits


  Exhibit   Description
  10.1   Eighth Amendment to Credit Agreement dated as of May 4, 2012 by and between Escalade, Incorporated and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Escalade, Incorporated has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary