DENVER, February 5, 2001? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it is beginning a cash tender offer for all of the $162,500,000 current aggregate principal amount outstanding of 10 7/8 percent Series B Senior Notes Due 2007, the $555,890,000 current aggregate principal amount at maturity of 9.47 percent Series B Senior Discount Notes due 2007, and $382,951,775.25 current aggregate principal amount at maturity of 8.29 percent Series B Senior Discount Notes due 2008 issued by Qwest as well as related consent solicitations to amend the indentures governing each series of notes.
The tender offers are being conducted to retire the bonds because of their high coupon rates and to reduce interest cost to Qwest.
The total consideration to be paid for each validly tendered note and properly delivered consent will be based upon a fixed spread over the yield to maturity on the 4 3/4 percent U.S. Treasury Note due January 31, 2003, and will include a consent payment of $25.00 per $1,000 original principal amount at maturity. The fixed spread will be 37.5, 45, and 50 basis points for the 10 7/8% Notes, 9.47% Notes, and the 8.29% Notes respectively. The consent payment will be paid only for securities tendered on or prior to the consent date. The yield to maturity of the reference U.S. Treasury Note used in the fixed spread formula will be set at 11 a.m. (EST), on Thursday, March 1, 2001, unless the offer is extended.
The Company previously elected to commence the accrual of cash interest on the 8.29% Notes on February 1, 2001 and the 9.47% Notes on April 15, 2001. On February 1, 2001 the principal amount at maturity for the 8.29% Notes was fixed at $850.05 per $1,000 original amount payable at maturity for these notes. On April 15, 2001 the principal amount at maturity for the 9.47%Notes will be fixed at $870.41 per $1,000 original amount payable at maturity for these notes.
The consent solicitation will expire with respect to a series on the consent date, February 16, 2001 or as extended if Qwest has not received sufficient consents for a series on such date. The tender offer will expire with respect to a series at 5 p.m. (EST) on Monday, March 5, 2001, unless extended or earlier terminated with respect to that series. Holders who tender their notes on or before the consent date will be required to consent to the proposed amendments. Holders who consent to the proposed amendments will be required to tender their notes. Holders who tender their notes after the consent date will not be entitled to receive the consent payment. The offer for each series of notes is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including the valid tender of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount at maturity of the outstanding notes of that series and the receipt of consents from the holders thereof. The offer for each series is not conditioned on completion of the offer for the other series. The purpose of the consent solicitation is to amend, eliminate or modify certain covenants and other provisions in the applicable indenture governing the notes and enhance Qwest?s operating and financial flexibility.
The tender offer documents are being distributed to bondholders beginning today. JP Morgan is the exclusive Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent for the tender offer and the consent solicitation and can be contacted at (800) 831-2035. D.F. King & Co., Inc. is the Information Agent and can be contacted at (212) 269-5550 (collect) or (800) 659-5550 (toll-free).
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity ® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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