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Virgin Media Inc. (“Virgin Media”) (NASDAQ:VMED) (LSE:VMED), a leading UK entertainment and communications business, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Virgin Media Finance PLC intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, approximately $1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2022 in dollar - and sterling-denominated tranches.
The notes will be guaranteed by Virgin Media and certain of Virgin Media’s subsidiaries, will rank pari passu with Virgin Media Finance PLC's outstanding senior notes due in 2019 and 2022 and will be effectively subordinated to any future secured indebtedness of Virgin Media Finance PLC.
Virgin Media intends to use the net proceeds from the notes offering to repurchase its outstanding 9.50% senior notes due 2016 and up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8.875% sterling- and 8.375% dollar- denominated senior notes due 2019 that are validly tendered in connection with Virgin Media Finance PLC’s tender offer, announced October 10, 2012, to pay related fees and expenses, or to repurchase, redeem or repay any other indebtedness. The Company expects to use cash on hand and drawings under its existing revolving credit facility to
fund the remaining costs of the tender offer.
As of October 10, 2012, $850 million aggregate principal amount of dollar- and €180 million aggregate principal amount of euro-denominated 9.50% senior notes due 2016 were outstanding. As of October 10, 2012, $600 million aggregate principal amount of 8.375% dollar- and £350 million aggregate principal amount of 8.875% sterling-denominated senior notes due 2019 were outstanding.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the notes or any other securities of Virgin Media, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of the notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. A registration statement relating to the notes became effective on February 27, 2012, and this offering is being made by means of a prospectus supplement.