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Iridium Announces Closing of $1.45 Billion Refinancing

8 Nov 2019, 14:05 UTC
Iridium Announces Closing of $1.45 Billion Refinancing
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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 4, 2019 (Iridium PR) — Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) today announced the closing of a $1.45 billion, seven-year term loan that sets the stage for the company to complete its financial transformation. The new credit agreement formally retires Iridium’s previous credit facility initiated in 2010 and guaranteed by BPI France (formerly COFACE), which enabled Iridium to finance the Iridium® NEXT program. An additional $100 million, five-year revolving loan facility is also included in the new agreement.

The new term-loan offering was significantly oversubscribed and, as a result, achieved favorable terms, including an interest rate of LIBOR plus 3.75% with a 0.5% original issue discount. The success of the offering highlighted the company’s position as a unique investment opportunity, showing its rare combination of growth and levered free cash flow generation. The term loan provides Iridium added financial flexibility to consider shareholder-friendly activities, including share buybacks, dividends and opportunistic strategic investments, coincident with anticipated reductions in net leverage.

“This transaction simplifies Iridium’s capital structure and adds financial flexibility to benefit our shareholders,” said Tom Fitzpatrick, chief financial officer, Iridium. “As we continue to de-lever our balance sheet, Iridium and our shareholders will increasingly see the fruits ...

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