BEIJING, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Linktone Ltd. (Nasdaq: LTON), a leading provider of interactive media and entertainment products and services to consumers in China and Southeast Asia, today announced it will purchase, through the secondary market, a portion of the senior secured guaranteed notes offering by Aerospace Satellite Corporation Holding B.V. ("Aerospace Satellite"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PT MNC Sky Vision, which is the largest pay television operator in Indonesia and an affiliate of PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk, the indirect majority shareholder of Linktone. Linktone purchased $20 million of these notes, due November 16, 2015, which bear interest at a rate of 12.75% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears.
The notes are rated B2 by Moody's and B by S&P, and guaranteed by PT MNC Sky Vision, with HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank acting as the joint lead managers and joint bookrunners for the offering. Mr. Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Linktone's Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, also serves as President Commissioner of PT MNC Sky Vision. This investment was approved by Linktone's independent director.
Mr. Tanoesoedibjo stated, "Given our strong balance sheet, with $80.5 million in cash as of September 30, 2010, we believe this represents a prudent investment for Linktone, given the terms of the notes and strong reputation and growth potential of the issuer. We believe Aerospace Satellite is well positioned for robust organic growth over the medium to long term, given the strength of its brand and significant under-penetration of pay TV in Indonesia."
ABOUT LINKTONE LTD.
Linktone Ltd. is one of the leading providers of wireless interactive entertainment services to consumers in China and Southeast Asian. Linktone provides a diverse portfolio of services to wireless consumers and corporate customers, with a particular focus on media, entertainment, communications and edutainment. These services are promoted through the Company's strong distribution network, integrated service platform and multiple marketing sales channels, as well as through the networks of the mobile operators in China and Indonesia. Through in-house development and alliances with international and local branded content partners, the Company develops, aggregates, and distributes innovative and engaging products to maximize the breadth, quality and diversity of its offerings.
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