DENVER, December 22, 2003 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (QCII) and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Qwest Capital Funding, Inc. (QCF) and Qwest Services Corporation (QSC, and collectively with QCII and QCF, the companies) announced today that they have successfully completed the purchase of $3 billion of their outstanding debt securities (notes) under their cash tender offers (offers), which commenced on November 19, 2003. In addition, the QSC senior credit facility has been paid down by $500 million to $750 million. As a result of the tender completion and facility reduction, Qwest will realize total interest savings of over $250 million annually.
"We increased the tender offer by $750 million, to $3 billion, due to strong participation," said Oren G. Shaffer, Qwest's vice chairman and CFO. "The success of this tender, coupled with our credit facility reduction and the other steps we have taken, enabled us to reduce total debt by $8.5 billion to approximately $17.6 billion in a little over a year."
A total of approximately $3.2 billion in aggregate principal amount of notes were tendered prior to the expiration of the offers at midnight, EST, on December 19, 2003, consisting of approximately $578 million aggregate principal amount of notes maturing in 2005 through 2007, approximately $1.8 billion aggregate principal amount of notes maturing in 2008 through 2011, and approximately $736 million aggregate principal amount of notes maturing in 2014 through 2031. The companies accepted and purchased approximately $578 million aggregate principal amount of notes maturing in 2005 through 2007, approximately $1.8 billion aggregate principal amount of notes maturing in 2008 through 2011, and $620 million aggregate principal amount of notes maturing in 2014 through 2031. The settlement was completed today, and interest was paid up to, but not including today.
The table below shows, by series, the notes included in the offers, the principal amount tendered prior to expiration, the principal amount repurchased and the principal amount remaining outstanding.
||Title of Security
|Offer for Notes Maturing in 2005 through 2007|
|QCF||6.25% Notes due 2005||$179,655,000||$179,655,000||$179,205,000|
|QCF||7.75% Notes due 2006||344,142,000||344,142,000||485,471,000|
|QSC||13.00% Notes due 2007||54,456,000||54,456,000||504,103,000|
|Offer for Notes Maturing in 2008 through 2011|
|QCF||6.375% Notes due 2008||$74,199,000||$74,199,000||$171,179,000|
|QCII||7.25% Sr Notes due 2008||292,466,000||292,466,000||7,534,000|
|QCII||7.50% Sr Notes due 2008||688,183,000||688,183,000||61,817,000|
|QCF||7.00% Notes due 2009||163,804,000||163,804,000||569,992,000|
|QCF||7.90% Notes due 2010||254,524,000||254,524,000||412,923,000|
|QCF||7.25% Notes due 2011||98,829,000||98,829,000||823,967,000|
|QSC||13.50% Notes due 2010||272,117,000||272,117,000||2,232,339,000|
|Offer for Notes Maturing in 2014 through 2031|
|QCF||6.50% Debentures due 2018||$39,053,000||$39,053,000||$211,320,000|
|QCF||7.625% Notes due 2021||105,503,000||105,503,000||125,175,000|
|QCF||6.875% Debentures due 2028||176,199,000||176,199,000||589,651,000|
|QCF||7.75% Notes due 2031||373,649,000||299,245,000||419,449,000|
|QSC||14.00% Notes due 2014||42,045,000||2,000||640,877,000|
|Note: All figures include amounts repurchased under the asset sale repurchase offers.|
Qwest accepted all validly tendered notes maturing in 2005 through 2007, and accepted all validly tendered notes in 2008 through 2011 pursuant to regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The offer for the notes maturing in 2014 through 2031 was oversubscribed. In accordance with the rules established in the offer, approximately 80 percent of the tendered 7.75 percent notes due 2031 were accepted for purchase on a pro rata basis according to the principal amount tendered and none of the tendered QSC 14.00 percent notes due 2014 were accepted for purchase, other than those accepted under the asset sale repurchase offer.
Banc of America Securities LLC and Goldman, Sachs & Co. were the joint lead dealer managers for the offers and Lehman Brothers Inc. was the co-dealer manager for the offers.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) 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 www.qwest.com.
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