U.S. Cellular to issue debt

Nov 24, 2014, 07:33 ET from U.S. Cellular

CHICAGO, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE: USM) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized U.S. Cellular to issue debt securities under its existing Form S-3 Registration Statement and/or enter into new lines of credit or other credit arrangements with one or more banks or financial institutions, including term loans, up to a maximum aggregate amount of $500 million.

"U.S. Cellular's existing liquidity and capital structure provide a strong financial foundation," said Kenneth R. Meyers, U.S. Cellular president and CEO.  "Additionally, U.S. Cellular continues to make progress on monetizing non-strategic spectrum and towers.  However, these resources may not be sufficient to fund all of the long-term investments that the company is making."

Any funds obtained would be used for general corporate purposes including potential spectrum purchases and capital expenditures.

The ability of U.S. Cellular to complete any such financing is subject to various factors, including changes in market conditions, possible changes in U.S. Cellular's credit ratings or other factors. No agreements have been entered into as of the date of this disclosure and no assurance can be provided that U.S. Cellular will be able to complete arrangements for all or any of the $500 million, or if completed, that such funding will be on pricing and terms that are favorable to U.S. Cellular.

About U.S. Cellular
United States Cellular Corporation provides a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, excellent customer support, and a high-quality network to 4.7 million customers in 23 states. The Chicago-based company had 6,500 full- and part-time associates as of Sept. 30, 2014. At the end of the third quarter of 2014, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. owned 84 percent of U.S. Cellular. For more information about U.S. Cellular, visit uscellular.com.

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