– Company Receives Commitment for New $250 Million Revolving Credit Facility –
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE:ABVT, news, filings), a leading provider of high-bandwidth connectivity solutions, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a special one-time cash dividend of $5.00 per share on its common stock payable on December 27, 2010 to shareholders of record on December 6, 2010. The aggregate amount of the payment to be made in connection with the special, one-time cash dividend will be approximately $129 million. As of September 30, 2010, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $194.8 million.
“The declaration of a special, one-time cash dividend and the new revolving credit facility demonstrate AboveNet’s commitment to maximizing shareholder value,” said Bill LaPerch, chief executive officer of AboveNet. “Our strong balance sheet and positive cash generation over the past two years have given us the resources to provide our shareholders with an immediate enhanced return without impacting our flexibility to invest in growth opportunities to drive longer-term shareholder value. Our expanding portfolio of scalable, low-latency network connectivity services places us in an excellent position to meet the growing demand for high-bandwidth transport.”
Separately, the company announced that it has received a commitment from SunTrust Bank for a new five-year $250 million senior secured revolving credit facility. The facility will be used to repay the company’s existing secured credit facility, which had $51.7 million outstanding as of September 30, 2010, and provide funds for general corporate purposes. The company expects to complete the new revolving credit facility by mid-January.
Commenting on the new revolving credit facility commitment, Joe Ciavarella, AboveNet’s chief financial officer, said, “Our credit profile allows us to improve the efficiency of our balance sheet at very attractive rates while maintaining a conservative debt load.”
The new revolving credit facility is subject to the negotiation, execution and delivery of definitive loan documentation and the satisfaction of various other conditions prior to closing.
About AboveNet, Inc.
AboveNet, Inc. provides high-bandwidth connectivity solutions for businesses and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and among top U.S. metro markets and globally. AboveNet’s network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care, retail and government. For more information, please visit www.above.net.
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