Qwest Communications Announces New $750 Million Unfunded Revolver and Tender Offer for Notes Due 2004.
Holders who validly tender their notes prior to 5:00 p.m., EST, on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 (the Early Participation Payment Deadline), will receive total consideration of $1,020 per $1,000 principal amount of notes accepted for purchase, consisting of a purchase price of $1,000 per $1,000 principal amount of notes and an early participation payment of $20 per $1,000 principal amount of notes (the Early Participation Payment). Holders who validly tender their notes by the Early Participation Payment Deadline will receive payment on the initial payment date, which is expected to be on or about February 12, 2004. Tenders of notes may be withdrawn only prior to 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 11, 2004.
The offer is scheduled to expire at midnight EST, on Thursday, February 26, 2004, unless extended or earlier terminated (the Expiration Time). Holders who validly tender their notes after the Early Participation Payment Deadline and prior to the Expiration Time will receive the purchase price of $1,000 per $1,000 principal amount of notes accepted for purchase. Holders who validly tender their notes after the Early Participation Payment Deadline will not receive the Early Participation Payment. Payment for notes tendered after the Early Participation Payment Deadline will be made promptly after the expiration time.
The regularly scheduled semi-annual interest payment on February 3, 2004, for the notes will be made on that date to registered holders of notes at the close of business on January 19, 2004. All holders whose notes are accepted for payment in the offer will also receive accrued and unpaid interest up to, but not including, the applicable date of payment for the notes.
The offer is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including the completion of a private offering of $1.75 billion aggregate principal amount of new senior notes of QCII, which has been announced concurrently with this release. The offer is not subject to the receipt of any minimum amount of tenders.
The complete terms and conditions of the offer are set forth in an offer to purchase that is being sent to holders of notes. Copies of the Offer to Purchase and Letter of Transmittal may be obtained from the Information Agent for the Offer, Global Bondholder Services Corporation, at (866) 470-3500 (US toll-free) and (212) 430-3774 (collect).
This announcement is not an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities. The offer will be made solely by the Offer to Purchase dated January 29, 2004, and the related letter of transmittal.
Banc of America Securities LLC and UBS Investment Bank are the Dealer Managers for the Offer. Questions regarding the Offer may be directed to Banc of America Securities LLC, High Yield Special Products, at (888) 292-0070 (US toll-free) and (704) 388-4813 (collect) or UBS Investment Bank, Liability Management Group, at (888) 722-9555, ext. 4210 (toll-free) and (203) 719-4210 (collect).
The $750 million revolving credit facility is being arranged by J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and Wachovia Securities, Inc. The administrative agent is Bank of America N.A. The co-syndication agents are JPMorgan Chase Bank and Wachovia Bank, N.A. and the co-documentation agents are Lehman Commercial Paper and UBS AG. In addition, the company has received a waiver on its existing QSC credit facility extending the financial reporting requirements of certain subsidiaries from January 31, 2004 to no later than March 31, 2004. The existing credit facility will be terminated upon completion of the $1.75 billion senior note offering at QCII.
Qwest Communications International Inc. is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company's 47,000 employees are committed to the "Spirit of Service" and providing world-class services that exceed customers' expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at http://www.qwest.com/ .
Forward Looking Statement Note
This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the duration and extent of the current economic downturn in our 14-state local service area, including its effect on our customers and suppliers; access line losses due to increased competition, including from technology substitution of our access lines with wireless and cable alternatives; our substantial indebtedness, and our inability to complete any efforts to de-lever our balance sheet through asset sales or other transactions; any adverse outcome of the SEC's current investigation into our accounting policies, practices and procedures and certain transactions; any adverse outcome of the current investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver into certain matters relating to us; adverse results of increased review and scrutiny by Congress, regulatory authorities, media and others (including any internal analyses) of financial reporting issues and practices or otherwise; further delays in making required public filings with the SEC; rapid and significant changes in technology and markets; any adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings, including any adverse outcome of current or future legal proceedings related to matters that are the subject of governmental investigations, and, to the extent not covered by insurance, if any, our inability to satisfy any resulting obligations from funds available to us, if any; potential fluctuations in quarterly results; volatility of our stock price; intense competition in the markets in which we compete including the likelihood of certain of our competitors emerging from bankruptcy court protection or otherwise reorganizing their capital structure and competing effectively against us; changes in demand for our products and services; acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels; higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses; adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting our business; and changes in the outcome of future events from the assumed outcome included in our significant accounting policies.
The information contained in this release is a statement of Qwest's present intention, belief or expectation and is based upon, among other things, the existing regulatory environment, industry conditions, market conditions and prices, the economy in general and Qwest's assumptions. Qwest may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in Qwest's assumptions or otherwise. The cautionary statements contained or referred to in this release should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Qwest or persons acting on its behalf may issue. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility.
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