Frontier intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes to fund a portion of the purchase price of its acquisition of the wireline properties of AT&T Inc. in Connecticut, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014. The net proceeds of the offering will be deposited in an escrow account to be applied to fund in part the acquisition or, if the acquisition is terminated or otherwise not consummated by August 17, 2015, to redeem the Notes at par plus accrued interest.
The Senior Notes consist of $775 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due 2021 (the “2021 Notes”) and $775 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes” and together with the 2021 Notes, the “Notes”).
The 2021 Notes will have an interest rate of 6.250% per annum and the 2025 Notes will have an interest rate of 6.875% per annum. The Notes will be issued at a price equal to 100% of their principal amount.
The joint book-running managers for the offering are J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and the co-managers are Barclays Capital Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and RBS Securities Inc. You may obtain a preliminary prospectus supplement and prospectus by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, at (866) 803-9204 (toll free).
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, nor shall there be any sales of securities mentioned in this press release in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. A registration statement relating to the Notes became effective on May 10, 2012, and the offering is being made by means of a prospectus supplement.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier’s approximately 13,900 employees are based entirely in the United States.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of management’s views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. Words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements (including oral representations) involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties are based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: our ability to complete the acquisition of the Connecticut operations from AT&T (the “AT&T Transaction”) on the terms or timeline currently contemplated, or at all; the ability to successfully integrate the Connecticut operations into our existing operations and the diversion of management’s attention from ongoing business and regular business responsibilities to effect such integration; the effects of increased expenses or unanticipated liabilities incurred due to activities related to the AT&T Transaction; the risk that the cost savings from the AT&T Transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected or that our actual integration costs may exceed our estimates; the sufficiency of the assets to be acquired from AT&T to enable the combined company to operate all aspects of the acquired business; failure to enter into or obtain, or delays in entering into or obtaining, certain agreements and consents necessary to operate the acquired business as planned; the failure to obtain, delays in obtaining or adverse conditions contained in any required regulatory approvals for the AT&T Transaction; disruption from the AT&T Transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers or suppliers of the Connecticut operations; our debt and debt service obligations, which will increase following this offering and the AT&T Transaction; the effects of greater than anticipated competition from cable, wireless and other wireline carriers that could require us to implement new pricing, marketing strategies or new product or service offerings and the risk that we will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; reductions in the number of our voice customers that we cannot offset with increases in broadband subscribers and sales of other products and services; our ability to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry as a result of federal and state legislation and regulation, or changes in the enforcement or interpretation of such legislation and regulation; the effects of any unfavorable outcome with respect to any current or future legal, governmental or regulatory proceedings, audits or disputes; the effects of changes in the availability of federal and state universal service funding or other subsidies to us and our competitors; our ability to successfully adjust to changes in the communications industry and to implement strategies for growth; continued reductions in switched access revenues as a result of regulation, competition or technology substitutions; our ability to effectively manage service quality in our territories and meet mandated service quality metrics; our ability to successfully introduce new product offerings, including our ability to offer bundled service packages on terms that are both profitable to us and attractive to customers; the effects of changes in accounting policies or practices adopted voluntarily or as required by generally accepted accounting principles or regulations; our ability to effectively manage our operations, operating expenses and capital expenditures, and to repay, reduce or refinance our debt; the effects of changes in both general and local economic conditions on the markets that we serve, which can affect demand for our products and services, customer purchasing decisions, collectability of revenues and required levels of capital expenditures related to new construction of residences and businesses; the effects of technological changes and competition on our capital expenditures, products and service offerings, including the lack of assurance that our network improvements in speed and capacity will be sufficient to meet or exceed the capabilities and quality of competing networks; the effects of increased medical expenses (including as a result of the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and pension and postemployment expenses, such as retiree medical and severance costs, and related funding requirements; the effects of changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or rulings, or federal or state tax assessments; our ability to successfully renegotiate union contracts; changes in pension plan assumptions and/or the value of our pension plan assets, which could require us to make increased contributions to the pension plan in 2014 and beyond; the effects of economic downturns, which could result in difficulty in collection of revenues and loss of customers; adverse changes in the credit markets or in the ratings given to our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations, which could limit or restrict the availability, or increase the cost, of financing to us; our cash flow from operations, amount of capital expenditures, debt service requirements, cash paid for income taxes and liquidity may affect our payment of dividends on our common shares; the effects of state regulatory cash management practices that could limit our ability to transfer cash among our subsidiaries or dividend funds up to the parent company; and the effects of severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms or other natural or man-made disasters, which may increase our operating expenses or adversely impact customer revenue. These and other uncertainties related to our business are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the registration statement, the prospectus supplement and our reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, and the foregoing information should be read in conjunction with these filings. We do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances.
John Gianukakis, 203-614-5708
Vice President and Treasurer
Luke Szymczak, 203-614-5044
Vice President, Investor Relations
Brigid Smith, 203-614-5042
AVP, Corporate Communications
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