DENVER, June 9, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that its Qwest Corporation (QC) subsidiary completed its senior term loan facility totaling $1.75 billion principal amount of indebtedness. Reacting to strong demand, a reflection of market confidence in QC?s future, the company increased the previously announced term loan by 75 percent from $1 billion to $1.75 billion. QC has received the net proceeds today.
?We?re very pleased with the tremendous progress we continue to make this year strengthening the company?s financial position,? said Oren Shaffer, Qwest vice chairman and CFO. ?With the completion of this refinancing transaction, as well as the pending close of the second phase of the QwestDex sale, we expect Qwest?s business plan to be fully funded based upon our ability to generate operating cash flow and continued access to capital markets.?
QC?s senior term loan facility was structured in two tranches: a $1.25 billion floating rate tranche, maturing in 2007, and a $500 million fixed rate tranche, maturing in 2010, at a blended initial interest rate of approximately 6.6 percent, with an investment grade covenant package. The term loan facility is unsecured, ranks equally with all of Qwest Corporation?s current indebtedness and is not guaranteed by Qwest Communications International Inc. The net proceeds will be used to refinance QC debt due in 2003 and fund QC business needs. Over 100 investors and lenders participated in the loan, comprising a broad cross-section of institutional investors. The arrangers for the loan facility were Merrill Lynch & Co., Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank. Merrill Lynch & Co. acted as sole-bookrunner and syndication agent.
?The completion of this loan marks another major step in the financial transformation of Qwest. We have reduced total principal borrowings by approximately $2.2 billion from previously announced debt exchanges. Combined with the expected QwestDex sale total gross proceeds of $7.1 billion from phase one and two, the company will generate over $9 billion in cash liquidity and debt reduction,? said Janet Cooper, Qwest senior vice president and treasurer. ?The market response is an affirmation that the steps we?ve undertaken to transform the balance sheet are working. We will continue our progress and monitor conditions for additional strategic transactions.?
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