Consolidated Communications Announces Pricing of Senior Secured Notes

MATTOON, Ill., Sept. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) (a??Consolidateda??) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Consolidated Communications, Inc. ("CCI"), priced an offering (the "Offering") of $750,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 6.500% senior secured notes due 2028 (the "Notes"). The Notes bear interest at a rate of 6.500% per annum, payable semi-annually on April 1 and October 1, commencing on April 1, 2021. The Notes were priced at par, which will result in total gross proceeds of $750,000,000. The aggregate offering size of $750,000,000 represents a decrease of $250,000,000 from the amount previously expected, as disclosed by Consolidated, which amount is expected to be borrowed by Consolidated pursuant to new credit facilities. The closing of the Offering is expected to occur, and the Notes are anticipated to be issued, on or about October 2, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
The Notes will be guaranteed by Consolidated and certain of its existing and future wholly-owned subsidiaries. Together with the proceeds from the previously-announced credit facilities that CCI intends to enter into, Consolidated intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to refinance CCIa??s outstanding 6.500% senior notes due 2022 and CCIa??s existing credit facilities, and to pay the fees and expenses in connection with the previously-announced strategic investment from affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the a??Securities Acta??), or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. The Notes are being offered or sold only to (1) persons reasonably believed to be a??qualified institutional buyers,a?? as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (2) outside the United States to non-U.S. persons in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell the Notes, nor a solicitation for an offer to purchase the Notes or any other securities, nor shall there be any sales of Notes or other securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.Forward-Looking Statements
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