Viacom Announces $1.3 Billion Subordinated Debt Offering
Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB, VIA) today announced that it has agreed to sell $650 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.875% fixed-to-floating rate junior subordinated debentures due 2057 at a price equal to 100.000% of the principal amount thereof (the “NC5 Debentures”) and $650 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.250% fixed-to-floating rate junior subordinated debentures due 2057 at a price equal to 100.000% of the principal amount thereof (the “NC10 Debentures” and, together with the NC5 Debentures, the “Debentures”). The sale of the Debentures is expected to close on February 28, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.
Viacom intends to use the net proceeds from the offering primarily for the repayment of outstanding indebtedness, which includes the repayment, in whole or in part, of up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.125% senior notes due October 2017, up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of its 2.500% senior notes due September 2018, up to $400 million aggregate principal amount of its 2.200% senior notes due April 2019 and borrowings under its commercial paper program, and, to the extent that any proceeds remain, for general corporate purposes.
The joint structuring agents and book-running managers for the offering are Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC.
The Debentures, which constitute unsecured subordinated indebtedness of Viacom, are expected to be rated BB (negative) by S&P Global Ratings, BB+ (negative) by Fitch Ratings and Ba1 (stable) by Moody's Investors Service.*
The terms and conditions of the Debentures are set forth in a prospectus, which can be obtained by contacting Viacom Investor Relations at 1-800-516-4399 or by written request to Viacom Inc., 1515 Broadway, 52nd Floor, New York, New York 10036, Attn: Investor Relations.
*A securities rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and may be subject to revision or withdrawal at any time.
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.
For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.
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Alex Rindler, 212-846-4337
Senior Manager, Viacom Corporate Communications
James Bombassei, 212-258-6377
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Kareem Chin, 212-846-6305
Vice President, Investor Relations