Source: Sunddenlink Press Release
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC (dba Suddenlink) announced that its subsidiary, Cequel Communications, LLC, intends to begin a process to refinance its existing $2.525 billion credit facility with a new $2.7 billion credit facility.
The New Credit Facility is expected to consist of a $500 million revolver and a $2.2 billion term loan B. If the refinancing of the Existing Credit Facility is successful, the company expects to use the proceeds from the New Credit Facility to repay in full and terminate the Existing Credit Facility and to make distributions to Cequel Communications Holdings, LLC, Cequel`s parent company, of $370 million in March 2012 and up to an additional $70 million in May 2012. Cequel Holdings is expected to use such distributions to repay a portion of the capital contributions made by holders of common units of Cequel Holdings and to make certain payments to holders of options and restricted units of Cequel Holdings.
Cequel has no current plans for any further distributions. In any event, Cequel will not make any such additional distributions prior to April 1, 2013. There is no guarantee that any such refinancing transactions will be consummated on terms acceptable to the company or at all.
In connection with the refinancing, Cequel is disclosing to potential lenders under the New Credit Facility the following preliminary information with respect to its results for the year ended December 31, 2011. The Preliminary Financial Information below represents Cequel`s preliminary estimates and is based on information available to its management team as of the date of this release.
The Preliminary Financial Information as described below is presented both on an actual basis and on a pro forma basis to include the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of NPG Cable, Inc., Mercury Voice and Data Company, and NPG Digital Phone, Inc., which occurred on April 1, 2011, as well as other previously disclosed small acquisitions and divestitures, as if those transactions had been consummated on January 1, 2010.
On a pro forma basis for the year ended December 31, 2011, revenue is expected to be $1,929.9 million, a 7.1% increase over revenue for the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $715.0 and $718.0 million, an expected increase of 8.6% to 9.1% over Adjusted EBITDA for the prior year. For the year ended December 31, 2011, Cequel added approximately 151,300 revenue generating units, an increase of approximately 4.6%. Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA, as defined in our credit facility and bond indenture, is expected to be between $723.0 million and $726.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.