Sinclair Amends and Refinances a Portion of Its Bank Credit Facility

Mar 15, 2011, 17:14 ET from Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

BALTIMORE, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (the "Company") announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinclair Television Group, Inc. ("Sinclair"), has refinanced a portion of its senior secured bank credit facility (the "Bank Credit Agreement") and amended certain of its terms.

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Under the amendment, Sinclair paid down $45.0 million of its existing $270.0 million term loan B.  Pricing on the term loan B was reduced by 100 basis points to LIBOR plus 3.00% with a LIBOR floor of 1.00%, which was reduced from 1.50%.  The term loan B maturity was extended 1 year to October 29, 2016.   Sinclair also raised a new $115.0 million term loan A that matures March 15, 2016. The term loan A is priced at LIBOR plus 2.25%. A portion of the proceeds from the term loan A was used to pay down $45.0 million of the term loan B and the remaining proceeds will be used to redeem the Company's outstanding 6% convertible bonds due September 2012.  

In addition, certain terms of the Bank Credit Agreement were also amended to provide Sinclair more incremental term loan capacity and more flexibility to use its cash balances and the revolving credit facility for restricted payments and television acquisitions.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, currently owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 35 markets.  Sinclair's television group reaches approximately 22% of U.S. television households and includes FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, MNT and CW affiliates.  The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information and can be accessed at

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