Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Sep. 27, 2015
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Note 6. Debt
Revolving Credit Facility. In February 2015, the Company entered into a Revolving Credit Facility that provides for unsecured revolving facility loans, swing line loans and letters of credit in an aggregate amount of up to $4.0 billion, expiring in February 2020. Proceeds from the Revolving Credit Facility will be used for general corporate purposes. Loans under the Revolving Credit Facility bear interest, at the option of the Company, at either LIBOR (determined in accordance with the Revolving Credit Facility) plus a margin of 0.7% per annum or the Base Rate (determined in accordance with the Revolving Credit Facility), plus an initial margin of 0% per annum. The Revolving Credit Facility has a facility fee, which accrues at a rate of 0.05% per annum. The Revolving Credit Facility requires that the Company comply with certain covenants, including one financial covenant to maintain a ratio of consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to consolidated interest expense, as defined in the Revolving Credit Facility, of not less than three to one at the end of each fiscal quarter. At September 27, 2015, the Company was in compliance with the covenants, and the Company had not borrowed any funds under the Revolving Credit Facility.
Commercial Paper Program. In March 2015, the Company began an unsecured commercial paper program, which provides for the issuance of up to $4.0 billion of commercial paper. Net proceeds from this program are used for general corporate purposes. Maturities of commercial paper can range from 1 day to up to 397 days. At September 27, 2015, the Company had $1.0 billion of outstanding commercial paper recorded as short-term debt with a weighted-average interest rate of 0.19%, which included fees paid to the commercial paper dealers, and weighted-average remaining days to maturity of 38 days. The carrying value of the outstanding commercial paper approximated its estimated fair value at September 27, 2015.
Long-term Debt. In May 2015, the Company issued an aggregate principal amount of $10.0 billion of unsecured floating- and fixed-rate notes (the notes) with varying maturities. The proceeds from the notes of $9.9 billion, net of underwriting discounts and offering expenses, were used to fund the ASR Agreements (Note 4) and are also being used for other general corporate purposes. The following table provides a summary of the Company’s long-term debt as of September 27, 2015 (dollar amounts in millions):
Interest Rate
Floating-rate notes due May 18, 2018

Floating-rate notes due May 20, 2020

Fixed-rate 1.40% notes due May 18, 2018

Fixed-rate 2.25% notes due May 20, 2020

Fixed-rate 3.00% notes due May 20, 2022

Fixed-rate 3.45% notes due May 20, 2025

Fixed-rate 4.65% notes due May 20, 2035

Fixed-rate 4.80% notes due May 20, 2045

Total principal

Unamortized discount, including debt issuance costs
Hedge accounting fair value adjustments

Total long-term debt


The interest rate on the floating rate notes due in 2018 and the floating rate notes due in 2020 for a particular interest period will be a per annum rate equal to three-month LIBOR as determined on the interest determination date plus 0.27% and 0.55%, respectively. Interest is payable in arrears quarterly for the floating-rate notes and semi-annually for the fixed-rate notes. The Company may redeem the fixed-rate notes at any time in whole, or from time to time in part, at specified make-whole premiums as defined in the applicable form of note. The Company may not redeem the floating-rate notes prior to maturity. The Company is not subject to any financial covenants under the notes nor any covenants that would prohibit the Company from incurring additional indebtedness ranking equal to the notes, paying dividends, issuing securities or repurchasing securities issued by it or its subsidiaries. At September 27, 2015, the aggregate fair value of the notes, based on Level 2 inputs, was approximately $9.6 billion.
The Company has entered, and may in the future enter, into interest rate swaps to manage interest rate risk on certain notes. Such swaps allow the Company to effectively convert fixed-rate payments into floating-rate payments. These transactions are designated as fair value hedges, and the gains and losses related to changes in the fair value of the interest rate swaps substantially offset changes in the fair value of the hedged portion of the underlying debt that are attributable to changes in the market interest rates. In the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company entered into interest rate swaps with an aggregate notional amount of $3.0 billion, which effectively converted all of the fixed-rate notes due in 2018 and approximately 43% and 50% of the fixed-rate notes due in 2020 and 2022, respectively, into floating-rate notes. The net gains and losses on the interest rate swaps, as well as the offsetting gains or losses on the related fixed-rate notes attributable to the hedged risks, are recognized in earnings as interest expense in the current period.
The effective interest rates for the notes include the interest on the notes, amortization of the discount, which includes debt issuance costs and, if applicable, adjustments related to hedging. The Company recognized $97 million of interest expense on its long-term debt during fiscal 2015. The Company did not have any long-term debt outstanding in fiscal 2014.
No principal payments are due on the Company’s notes prior to fiscal 2018. At September 27, 2015, future principal payments were $1.5 billion in fiscal 2018, $2.0 billion in fiscal 2020 and $6.5 billion after fiscal 2020; no principal payments were due in fiscal 2019. Cash interest paid related to the Company’s commercial paper program and long-term debt was $8 million during fiscal 2015. There were no such amounts paid in fiscal 2014.