HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (" CME") (Nasdaq:CETV) (Prague Stock Exchange:CETV) announced today the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 54,436,582 shares of its Class A common stock, par value $0.08 per share (" Class A common stock") at a public offering price of $2.75 per share before underwriting discounts and commissions.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering. CME has granted the underwriters an option to purchase from CME up to an additional 5,443,658 shares of Class A common stock. Time Warner Media Holdings B.V. (" Time Warner"), an affiliate of Time Warner Inc. and CME's largest shareholder, has exercised its preexisting contractual preemptive right and has committed to purchase 49.9% of the number of shares of Class A common stock sold in the offering, subject to certain limitations.
The offering is expected to close on May 8, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. In addition, subject to the closing of this offering and approval by our shareholders and certain other conditions, CME will sell to Time Warner $200,000,000 of its Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock, par value $0.08 per share (" Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock"), a new series of its preferred stock, in a private placement.CME intends to apply $300,000,000 of the aggregate net proceeds from the public offering and the issuance and sale to Time Warner of shares of Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock to fund the repurchase or redemption of a portion of CME's 11.625% senior notes due 2016. CME intends to use the remainder of the net proceeds from the public offering for general corporate purposes. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. The public offering is being made only through the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, which is part of a registration statement that was declared effective by the SEC on May 22, 2012. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Website at www.sec.gov . Alternatively, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement, and when available, the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to this offering can be obtained by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717 or by calling 1‑866‑803‑9204. About CME CME is a media and entertainment company operating leading businesses in six Central and Eastern European markets with an aggregate population of approximately 50 million people. CME's broadcast operations are located in Bulgaria (bTV, bTV Cinema, bTV Comedy, bTV Action, bTV Lady and Ring.bg), Croatia (Nova TV, Doma and Nova World), the Czech Republic (TV Nova, Nova Cinema, Nova Sport, Fanda, Smichov, Telka and MTV Czech), Romania (PRO TV, PRO TV International, Acasa, Acasa Gold, PRO Cinema, Sport.ro, MTV Romania and PRO TV Chisinau and Acasa Moldova), the Slovak Republic (TV Markíza, Doma, Dajto and Fooor), and Slovenia (POP TV, Kanal A, BRIO, OTO and KINO). CME also operates Voyo, the pan-regional video-on-demand service. CME is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the Prague Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CETV".