BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that Level 3 Financing, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary ("Level 3 Financing"), has agreed to sell $700 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.125% Senior Notes due 2023 (the "2023 Notes") and $800 million aggregate principal amount of 5.375% Senior Notes due 2025 (the "2025 Notes" and, together with the 2023 Notes, the "Notes") in a private offering to "qualified institutional buyers", as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and non-U.S. persons outside the United States under Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
The new 2023 Notes were priced to investors at 100 percent of their principal amount and will mature on May 1, 2023. The new 2025 Notes were priced to investors at 100 percent of their principal amount and will mature on May 1, 2025. Level 3 Financing's obligations under each series of Notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed on an unsecured basis by Level 3 Communications, Inc.
The net proceeds from the offering of the Notes, together with cash on hand, will be used to (i) redeem, satisfy and discharge, defease or otherwise repay or retire all of Level 3 Financing's approximately $1.2 billion outstanding aggregate principal amount of 8.125% Senior Notes due 2019 and (ii) redeem, satisfy and discharge, defease or otherwise repay or retire all of Level 3 Communications, Inc.'s approximately $300 million outstanding aggregate principal amount of 8.875% Senior Notes due 2019.
The offering is expected to be completed on April 28, 2015, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.
The Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold except pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and applicable state securities laws.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: successfully integrate the tw telecom acquisition; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; increase revenue from its services to realize its targets for financial and operating performance; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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