16 Mar Windstream Fills Commitment Cap for “Priority” Tranche of Rights Offering and Enters into Second Amendment to Plan Support Agreement
Through these Commitments, Windstream Obtains Increased Support for Amended Plan Support Agreement and Further Bolsters Consensus Surrounding its Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Windstream announced on Monday, March 9 that it entered into an amendment to its previously announced Plan Support Agreement (the “Amended PSA”) expanding the scope of participants who may participate in the “priority” tranche of the rights offering by becoming parties to the Amended PSA and supporting the Company’s restructuring process.
The previously announced participation cap of $430 million in the priority tranche has been increased to allow additional interested holders to participate in the priority tranche on a pro rata basis. Holders of an additional $667 million of first lien claims signed up to the Amended PSA and may participate in the priority tranche. This brings the total percentage of Windstream’s first lien holders supporting the Amended PSA to 94%, along with over 54% of the second lien noteholders.
Additionally, today Windstream announced that it entered into a second amendment to the Plan Support Agreement adding 72% of the Midwest Noteholders as additional parties who support Windstream’s chapter 11 plan process and the contemplated restructuring transactions. Under the Plan, every Midwest Noteholder shall receive its pro rata share of the Midwest Notes Exit Facility Term Loans, the principal amount of which shall in no event exceed $100 million, plus any interest and fees due and owing under the governing indenture for the Midwest Notes and/or the Final DIP Order to the extent unpaid as of the Plan Effective Date.
As previously announced, Windstream intends to file its chapter 11 plan of reorganization, with its proposed new capital structure, with the court for approval as soon as possible with a target of by the end of March. The company expects to emerge from restructuring mid-year, subject to timing of court and regulatory approvals.
Windstream voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 25, 2019. Windstream is continuing to operate in the normal course during the financial restructuring process.
This release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to sell or buy, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, any securities. Any offer, issuance or sale of securities under the plan of reorganization may not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
Windstream Holdings, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions. Windstream provides data networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the U.S. The company also offers broadband, entertainment and security services for consumers and small and medium-sized businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Services are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is available at windstream.com or windstreamenterprise.com. Please visit our newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.
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