Cogent Announces Pricing of $250 Million of 5.375% Senior Secured Notes Due 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. February 10, 2015 – Today, Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. ("Cogent Communications") announced that Cogent Communications Group, Inc. ("Cogent"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogent Communications, has priced its offering of $250 million of 5.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (the "Notes") for issuance at par. The amount offered represents an increase of $5 million from the amount previously announced. The Notes are being offered and sold only to qualified institutional buyers in an unregistered offering pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act"), and to certain non-U.S. persons in transactions outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Act. The offering is expected to close on February 20, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
Following the pricing of the offering of the Notes, Cogent issued a notice of conditional full redemption (the "Notice") with respect to its 8.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2018 (the "Existing Secured Notes"). Pursuant to the Notice, Cogent gave holders of the Existing Secured Notes notice that, subject to the conditions precedent stated therein, it will redeem (the "Redemption") all of the outstanding Existing Secured Notes on March 12, 2015 (the "Redemption Date"). The Existing Secured Notes, which have an outstanding principal balance of $240.0 million, will be redeemed in full at a redemption price equal to 104.188% of the outstanding principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon, if any, to but not including the Redemption Date.
As permitted by the terms of the Existing Secured Notes, the Notice and the Redemption are conditioned upon the consummation (as and when determined by Cogent in its sole and absolute discretion) of the offering of the Notes. Cogent expects to use the proceeds from the offering, plus cash on hand, to finance the redemption of the Existing Secured Notes.
The information in this release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Notes. The Notes offering is not being made to any person in any jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. The Notes offered have not been registered under the Act, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.
About Cogent Communications
Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI) is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five Internet backbone networks in the world. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access, Ethernet transport and colocation services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network provides services in 190 markets globally.
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