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Qwest Communications Places $1.75 Billion in Senior Notes

DENVER, June 8, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and its Qwest Corporation (QC) subsidiary announced today that they have priced an offering of $1.75 billion aggregate principal amount of senior debt securities. Reacting to strong demand, the company increased the previously announced offering by 40 percent from $1.25 billion to $1.75 billion.

The debt securities will be issued in three series:

  • An eight-year senior note series with a floating interest rate determined by LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) plus 325 basis points, with an aggregate principal amount of $750 million at QC.
  • A ten-year senior note series priced at 7.625 percent with an aggregate principal amount of $400 million at QC.
  • A nine-year senior note series priced to yield 8.875 percent with an aggregate principal amount of $600 million at Qwest Communications International Inc. (QCII).

?We?re pleased with the strong demand and success of this offer,? said Oren G. Shaffer, Qwest vice chairman and CFO. ?This series of transactions further strengthens our financial position by improving liquidity and extending maturities, without altering our debt profile.?

The QC floating interest rate note and the ten-year note were priced at par. The QCII nine-year note with a coupon of 7.50 percent was priced at approximately $918.27 per $1,000 principal amount. The net proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes, including repayment of indebtedness, and funding and refinancing investments in the company and its subsidiaries? telecommunications assets.

Concurrent with the initial announcement of this offering, the company announced an offer to purchase for cash up to $904 million aggregate principal amount of its specified series of outstanding debt securities at Qwest Services Corporation and QC. In addition, the company plans to call $750 million of its $1.25 billion Term Loan at QC.

The sales of the fixed rate notes and the floating rate notes are expected to close on June 17, 2005.

The company placed the securities in a private placement transaction pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services. With more than 40,000 employees, Qwest is 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

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