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Press Release -- January 24th, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Exchange

Level 3 Announces Private Debt for Debt Exchange

Transaction will retire Level 3’s outstanding 9% Convertible Senior Discount Notes due 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLTNews) (the “Company”) today announced it has agreed to issue $300,217,000 aggregate principal amount of its 11.875% Senior Notes due 2019 to an institutional investor in exchange for $294,732,000 aggregate principal amount of the Company’s outstanding 9% Convertible Senior Discount Notes due 2013 in a private transaction. The Company anticipates closing the transaction by the end of January, subject to customary closing conditions.

Upon completion of this exchange transaction, all of the Company’s outstanding 9% Convertible Senior Discount Notes will be retired, and there will be $605,217,000 aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 11.875% Senior Notes due 2019 outstanding.

The 11.875% Senior Notes to be issued in the exchange transaction will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) 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 and applicable state securities laws.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLT – News) 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

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statement
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.


Level 3 Communications, Inc.
Jon Paul McLeary, 720-888-3244
Valerie Finberg, 720-888-2501

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