Windstream redeems senior notes and reprices, upsizes term loans
Sep 30, 2016
Windstream redeems senior notes and reprices, upsizes term loansLITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Windstream today announced it completed the redemption of all of its outstanding 7.875% senior notes due 2017 and amended its existing senior secured credit agreement.
Under the credit agreement amendment, Windstream upsized the principal amount of its existing tranche B-6 term loans from approximately $597 million to $747 million and decreased the interest rate by 100 basis points to LIBOR plus 4.00% per annum (with a minimum LIBOR rate of 0.75%). Windstream used the proceeds from the $150 million incremental term loans, together with revolver borrowings, to retire the remaining $369 million in aggregate principal amount of the 2017 notes.
“We were very pleased to see strong investor demand, enabling us to save interest and upsize our term loans to further optimize our balance sheet,” said Christie Grumbos, Windstream treasurer. “As a result of our debt reduction and refinancing activities, we have no maturities until 2019 and have significantly improved 2017 cash interest expectations to approximately $325 million.”
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