WAYNESBORO, VA – September 8, 2011 – NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NTLS, news, filings), a leading provider of wireless and wireline communications services (branded as NTELOS) in seven Mid-Atlantic states, announced today that it has entered into a $370 million post-Separation credit facility for Lumos Networks Operating Company (“Lumos Networks”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lumos Networks Corp. (expected NASDAQ listing: LMOS). Funding under the new credit facility will occur upon consummation of the Separation.
The credit facility will consist of a $60 million senior secured five year revolving credit facility (the “Revolver”), $30 million of which is expected to be drawn upon funding; a $110 million senior secured five year amortizing term loan A (the “Term Loan A”); and a $200 million senior secured six year amortizing term loan B (the “Term Loan B”). The proceeds of the credit facility will be initially made available to Lumos Networks on the date of the Separation and will be used to fund a working capital cash reserve at Lumos Networks and to pay approximately $315 million to NTELOS (i) to pay off intercompany debt owed to NTELOS as of the Separation date and (ii) to fund a $283 million mandatory repayment on NTELOS Inc.’s credit facility that is required to reduce NTELOS’s consolidated indebtedness to the extent necessary to consummate the Separation.
Pricing of the Lumos Networks credit facility as of the initial funding will be LIBOR plus 3.25% for the Revolver and the Term Loan A and LIBOR plus 3.50% for the Term Loan B. Other terms of the credit facility are described in Lumos Networks Corp.’s Form 10 Registration Statement on file with the SEC.
NTELOS’s CEO, James A. Hyde, stated, “Arranging for this Lumos Networks financing represents a significant achievement in our progress toward consummating the Separation of our wireline business. We are especially pleased to have arranged for this reasonably priced credit facility in light of the volatile capital markets conditions the nation has been experiencing.”
CoBank, ACB and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. are serving as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners for the credit facility. CoBank will be the Administrative Agent, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. will be the Syndication Agent and Raymond James Bank, FSB is serving as Documentation Agent. Other members of the bank group include Royal Bank of Canada, Capital One, N.A., Branch Banking and Trust Company, Union Bank, N.A. and Farm Credit System institutions.
NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NTLS) is an integrated communications provider with headquarters in Waynesboro, VA. NTELOS provides products and services to customers in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina, including nationwide wireless voice and data services, local and long distance telephone, high capacity transport, networking and high-speed Broadband data services and IPTV-based video products. Detailed information about NTELOS is available at www.ntelos.com.
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