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Verizon announces increase to waterfall cap, early participation results, and early settlement for tender offers for 13 series of notes
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NEW YORK – Verizon Communications Inc. (“Verizon”) (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) today announced that, in connection with the Group 1 Offers (as defined below), the Group 1 Waterfall Cap (as defined below) will be increased such that all of the 2.946% Notes due 2022 validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Participation Date (as defined below) will be accepted.
In addition, Verizon today announced the early participation results, as of 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on March 16, 2018 (the “Early Participation Date”), of its previously announced 13 separate offers to purchase for cash (i) up to an aggregate purchase price equal to the Group 1 Waterfall Cap of the outstanding series of notes listed in the first table below labeled “Group 1 Offers,” (collectively, the “Group 1 Notes”), and (ii) up to $1.5 billion aggregate purchase price of the outstanding series of notes listed in the second table below labeled “Group 2 Offers” (collectively, the “Group 2 Notes,” and together with the Group 1 Notes, the “Notes”). We refer to each offer to purchase a series of Notes for cash as an “Offer,” the offers to purchase the Group 1 Notes, collectively as the “Group 1 Offers,” the offers to purchase the Group 2 Notes, collectively as the “Group 2 Offers” and all the offers to purchase Notes, collectively as the “Offers.” The Offers are made on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated March 5, 2018, as amended by this press release (the “Offer to Purchase”).
The withdrawal rights for the Offers expired at 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on March 16, 2018. The Offers will each expire at 11:59 p.m. (New York City time) on March 30, 2018, unless extended or earlier terminated by Verizon (the “Expiration Date”).
Verizon’s obligation to accept Notes tendered in the Offers is subject to the terms and conditions described in the Offer to Purchase, including (i) the Acceptance Priority Procedures (as described in Verizon’s press release dated March 5, 2018 announcing the Offers (the “Launch Press Release”)), (ii) a cap on the total cash Verizon pays to purchase the Group 1 Notes validly tendered under the Group 1 Offers (excluding the applicable Accrued Coupon Payments (as defined below)) of, after today’s increase, approximately $1.9 billion) (the “Group 1 Waterfall Cap”), and (iii) a cap on the total cash Verizon pays to purchase the Group 2 Notes validly tendered under the Group 2 Offers (excluding the applicable Accrued Coupon Payments) of $1.5 billion (the “Group 2 Waterfall Cap”).
All conditions to the Offers were deemed satisfied or waived by Verizon by the Early Participation Date. Accordingly, Verizon has elected to exercise its right to settle early all Group 1 Notes and Group 2 Notes validly tendered at or prior to the Early Participation Date and accepted for purchase, and the “Early Settlement Date” will be March 20, 2018. Since the aggregate purchase price of the Group 1 Notes (excluding the applicable Accrued Coupon Payments) validly tendered at or prior to the Early Participation Date and accepted for purchase will meet the Group 1 Waterfall Cap, there will be no Final Settlement Date (as defined in the Launch Press Release) and no additional tenders of Notes will be accepted for purchase by Verizon after the Early Participation Date with respect to the Group 1 Notes. Since the aggregate purchase price of the Group 2 Notes (excluding the applicable Accrued Coupon Payments) validly tendered at or prior to the Early Participation Date and accepted for purchase did not exceed the Group 2 Waterfall Cap, Verizon will, until the Expiration Date, continue to accept for purchase Group 2 Notes up to the Group 2 Waterfall Cap. Holders of the Group 2 Notes that are validly tendered after the Early Participation Date and prior to the Expiration Date and accepted for purchase subject to the terms and conditions described in the Offer to Purchase, will receive the applicable Tender Consideration (as defined in the Launch Press Release), which is equal to the applicable Total Consideration minus the Early Participation Payment (each as defined in the Launch Press Release).
Verizon was advised by Global Bondholder Services Corporation, as the Information Agent and the Tender Agent, that as of the Early Participation Date, the aggregate principal amounts of the Notes specified in the table below were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn:
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Promptly after 11:00 a.m. (New York City time) today, March 19, 2018, Verizon will issue a press release specifying, among other things (i) the aggregate principal amount of Notes accepted in each Offer, (ii) the offer yield, which is the fixed spread for the applicable series of Fixed Rate Notes (as defined in the Launch Press Release) plus the yield of the specified Reference U.S. Treasury Security (as set forth in the Launch Press Release) for that series as of 11:00 a.m. (New York City time) today, March 19, 2018, and (iii) the Fixed Rate Note Total Consideration (as defined in the Launch Press Release) for each series of Fixed Rate Notes. On March 20, 2018, holders of Notes validly tendered at or prior to the Early Participation Date that are accepted for purchase by Verizon will receive the applicable Total Consideration, in cash, and an additional cash payment equal to accrued and unpaid interest on such Notes to, but not including, the relevant Settlement Date (as defined in the Launch Press Release) (the “Accrued Coupon Payment”).
Verizon has retained Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC to act as lead dealer managers for the Offers, and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Loop Capital Markets LLC, Mizuho Securities USA LLC, CastleOak Securities, L.P., Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc., Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C. and The Williams Capital Group, L.P. to act as co-dealer managers for the Offers. Questions regarding terms and conditions of the Offers should be directed to Citigroup at (800) 558-3745 (toll-free) or (212) 723-6106 (collect), Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC at (800) 828-3182 (toll-free) or (212) 357-1452 (collect) or J.P. Morgan at (866) 834-4666 (toll-free) or (212) 834-4811 (collect).
Global Bondholder Services Corporation is acting as the Information Agent and the Tender Agent for the Offers. Questions or requests for assistance related to the Offers or for additional copies of the Offer to Purchase may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (866) 470-3800 (toll free) or (212) 430-3774 (collect). You may also contact your broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company or other nominee for assistance concerning the Offers.
This announcement is for informational purposes only. This announcement does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities of Verizon in any transaction. The Offers are being made solely pursuant to the Offer to Purchase. The Offers are not being made to holders of Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the securities laws or blue sky laws require the Offers to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Offers will be deemed to be made on behalf of Verizon by the dealer managers or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.
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