BROOMFIELD, Colo., January 11, 2011
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) (the “Company”) today announced that it has agreed to sell $305 million aggregate principal amount of its 11.875% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “Senior 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 Senior Notes were priced to investors at 98.173% of their principal amount. The Senior Notes will not be guaranteed by any of the Company’s subsidiaries.
A portion of the net proceeds from the offering will be used to redeem the Company’s outstanding 5.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2011. The remaining net proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes, including working capital, capital expenditures and potential repurchases, redemptions or refinancing of the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ indebtedness from time to time.
The offering is expected to be completed on January 19, 2011, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.
The Senior Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, 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, as amended, and applicable state securities laws.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.level3.com.
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Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements 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. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of 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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