DENVER, June 23, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) (QCII) announced today that it has completed a reopening of its 7.50 percent, nine-year senior note series. The company upsized its $600 million QCII tranche in its $1.75 billion offering that closed on June 17, 2005 by an additional $200 million, which closed today.
The nine-year note with a coupon of 7.50 percent was priced at approximately $922.50 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.
?We continue to see strong market demand at all levels of our capital structure,? said Oren Shaffer, Qwest vice chairman and CFO. ?The success of these transactions enables us to strengthen our financial position by improving liquidity and extending maturities, without altering our debt profile.?
In addition, the company has pre-paid $750 million of its $1.25 billion Term Loan maturing in June 2007 at its Qwest Corporation subsidiary and will be paying off a maturity of $179 million in July 2005 at its Qwest Capital Funding subsidiary. The company also announced on June 21, 2005 that it has accepted for payment approximately $791 million of notes in its cash tender offers to purchase any and all of QC's 6 5/8% Notes due 2005 and 6 1/8% Notes due 2005 and QSC's 13.00% Senior Subordinated Secured Notes due 2007. These tender offers are scheduled to expire on July 5, 2005.
The offering was made 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.
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 www.qwest.com.
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