Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that Level 3 Escrow, Inc., its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, has completed its previously announced offering of an additional $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.125% Senior Notes due 2019 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. This offering represented an additional offering of the 8.125% Senior Notes due 2019 that were issued on June 9, 2011. These notes were offered as additional notes under the same indenture as the 8.125% Senior Notes issued on June 9, 2011, and will be treated under that indenture as a single series of notes with the previously issued 8.125% Senior Notes.
The notes will mature on July 1, 2019.
The gross proceeds from the offering of the notes were deposited into the same segregated escrow account into which the gross proceeds from the offering of the previously issued 8.125% Senior Notes were deposited on June 9, 2011. The gross proceeds from the offering of the notes will remain in the escrow account until the date on which certain escrow conditions, including, but not limited to, the substantially concurrent consummation of the acquisition by Level 3 of Global Crossing Limited and the assumption of the notes by Level 3 Financing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Level 3 and the direct parent company of Level 3 Escrow, are satisfied. If the escrow conditions are not satisfied on or before April 10, 2012 (or any earlier date on which Level 3 determines that any of such escrow conditions cannot be satisfied), Level 3 Escrow will be required to redeem the notes.
Following the release of the escrowed funds in connection with the assumption of the notes by Level 3 Financing, the gross proceeds from the offering of the notes will be used to refinance certain existing indebtedness of Global Crossing, including fees and premiums, in connection with the closing of Level 3’s proposed acquisition of Global Crossing. To the extent the gross proceeds from the offering of the notes, together with the gross proceeds from the offering of the previously issued 8.125% Senior Notes and proceeds from other indebtedness incurred concurrently with the closing of Level 3’s proposed acquisition of Global Crossing, exceed, in the aggregate, the amount necessary to refinance substantially all of that existing indebtedness of Global Crossing, those excess proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The gross proceeds from the offering reduced to zero the outstanding bridge commitment for unsecured debt that Level 3 has in place with certain financial institutions in connection with refinancing certain Global Crossing indebtedness.
The notes are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933 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 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; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate acquisitions; 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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