Viacom Announces $500 Million Debt Offering
Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) today announced that it has agreed to sell $500 million in aggregate principal amount of 3.50% senior notes due 2017 (the "Senior Notes") at a price equal to 99.139% of the principal amount thereof. The sale of the Senior Notes is expected to close on March 31, 2011.
Viacom intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, the repayment of outstanding indebtedness, which includes borrowings under its commercial paper program and the scheduled maturity of its outstanding 5.75% senior notes due April 2011, along with the repurchase of shares under its share repurchase program.
The joint book running managers for the Senior Notes are Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC., and BNP Paribas Securities Corp.
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. Through its BET Networks, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures divisions, Viacom connects with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 160 countries and territories. With approximately 170 media networks reaching more than 600 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 TV and Tr3s. Paramount Pictures, America's oldest film studio and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates more than 500 branded digital media properties, including several of the world's most popular destinations for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.
For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.
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