Viacom Announces $400 Million Debt Offering
Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced that it has agreed to sell $300 million in aggregate principal amount of 3.125% senior notes due 2022 (the "2022 Senior Notes") at a price equal to 98.553% of the principal amount thereof and $100 million in aggregate principal amount in a reopening of its 1.250% senior notes due 2015 (the "2015 Senior Notes" and, together with the 2022 Senior Notes, the "Senior Notes") at a price equal to 100.026% of the principal amount thereof plus accrued interest from February 28 , 2012. The sale of the Senior Notes is expected to close on June 14, 2012.
Viacom intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, the repayment of outstanding indebtedness and the repurchase of shares under its share repurchase program.
The joint book-running managers for the offering are Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.
Viacom's senior unsecured debt is currently rated BBB+ by Standard & Poor's and Fitch, and rated Baa1 by Moody's Investors Service.
The terms and conditions of the Senior Notes 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.
Viacom is home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories. With media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom's leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL,TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA. Paramount Pictures, celebrating its 100th year in 2012 and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world's most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.
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