Viacom Announces the Pricing Terms of Its Cash Tender Offers for Certain Outstanding Debt Securities

Dec 04, 2018
By ViacomCBS Staff

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom Inc. (“Viacom”, “we” or “our”) (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced the pricing terms of its previously-announced cash tender offers (collectively, the “Offers”) for (1) up to $329,847,000 in aggregate principal amount (the “Capped Tender Amount”) of the 5.625% Senior Notes due 2019 issued by Viacom (the “Capped Tender Notes”), subject to proration procedures, and (2) up to $763,698,730.61 aggregate purchase price (excluding accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the applicable settlement date and excluding fees and expenses related to the Offers) (the “Waterfall Tender Amount”) of the debt securities issued by Viacom as set forth in the table below under “Waterfall Tender Offers” (collectively referred to as the “Waterfall Tender Notes” and, together with the Capped Tender Notes, the “Securities;” and each series of Securities, a “series”), subject to the Acceptance Priority Levels (set forth in the table below) and proration procedures, in each case from each registered holder of Securities (individually, a “Holder,” and collectively, the “Holders”). The terms and conditions of the Offers are described in the Offer to Purchase dated November 19, 2018 (the “Offer to Purchase”) and the related Letter of Transmittal dated November 19, 2018 (the “Letter of Transmittal”), and remain unchanged except as amended hereby and by Viacom’s press release earlier today announcing the early tender results, the increase of the Capped Tender Amount and the Waterfall Tender Amount of the Offers and the change in the expiration date.

The total consideration to be paid in the Offers for each series of Securities validly tendered and accepted for purchase was determined by reference to the applicable fixed spread over the yield to maturity based on the bid side price of the applicable U.S. Treasury Security, in each case as set forth in the table below (the “Total Consideration”), and is payable to Holders of the Securities who validly tendered and did not validly withdraw their Securities on or before 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 3, 2018 (the “Early Tender Deadline”) and whose Securities are accepted for purchase by Viacom. The Reference Yields (as determined pursuant to the Offer to Purchase) listed in the table were determined at 11:00 a.m., New York City time, today, December 4, 2018, by the dealer managers (identified below). The Total Consideration for each series of Securities includes an early tender premium of $30 per $1,000 principal amount of Securities validly tendered and not validly withdrawn by such Holders and accepted for purchase by Viacom.

The following table sets forth certain information regarding the Securities and the Offers:

Title of Security  





Reference U.S.






Consideration (1)


Principal Amount


Aggregate Principal
Amount Expected to
be Accepted for

Capped Tender Offer:    
5.625% Senior Notes due 2019   92553PAD4   N/A   0.875% UST due

September 15, 2019

  2.703%   35   $ 1,019.57   $ 329,847,000   $ 329,847,000
Waterfall Tender Offers:    
2.750% Senior Notes due 2019   92553PAY8   1   1.375% UST due

December 15, 2019

  2.769%   35   $ 996.29   $ 162,079,000   $ 162,079,000
4.500% Senior Debentures due 2042   92553PAL6   2   3.000% UST due

August 15, 2048

  3.217%   240   $ 855.98   $ 16,571,000   $ 16,571,000
4.875% Senior Debentures due 2043   92553PAQ5   3   3.000% UST due

August 15, 2048

  3.217%   240   $ 901.83   $ 14,405,000   $ 14,405,000
4.850% Senior Debentures due 2034   92553PAZ5   4   3.000% UST due

August 15, 2048

  3.217%   210   $ 950.03   $ 196,948,000   $ 196,948,000
3.450% Senior Notes due 2026   92553PBB7   5   3.125% UST due

November 15, 2028

  2.953%   125   $ 950.16   $ 354,803,000   $ 354,803,000
2.250% Senior Notes due 2022   92553PBA9   6   2.875% UST due

October 31, 2023

  2.830%   110   $ 950.45   $ 72,570,000   $ 53,469,000
5.250% Senior Debentures due 2044   92553PAW2   7   3.000% UST due

August 15, 2048

  N/A   225     N/A   $ 239,487,000   $ 0
3.250% Senior Notes due 2023   92553PAR3   8   2.875% UST due

October 31, 2023

  N/A   120     N/A   $ 53,192,000   $ 0
3.125% Senior Notes due 2022   92553PAM4   9   2.875% UST due

October 31, 2023

  N/A   115     N/A   $ 84,905,000   $ 0
3.875% Senior Notes due 2024   92553PAX0   10   2.875% UST due

October 31, 2023

  N/A   110     N/A   $ 186,462,000   $ 0
3.875% Senior Notes due 2021   92553PAJ1   11   2.875% UST due

November 15, 2021

  N/A   75     N/A   $ 291,774,000   $ 0
4.250% Senior Notes due 2023   92553PAT9   12   2.875% UST due

October 31, 2023

  N/A   105     N/A   $ 774,289,000   $ 0
4.500% Senior Notes due 2021   925524BG4   13   2.875% UST due

November 15, 2021

  N/A   80     N/A   $ 135,801,000   $ 0
5.850% Senior Debentures due 2043   92553PAU6   14   3.000% UST due

August 15, 2048

  N/A   230     N/A   $ 583,142,000   $ 0


(1)     Per $1,000 principal amount of the Securities that are tendered and accepted for purchase.
(2) As of the Early Tender Deadline.

Viacom currently expects to accept for purchase the aggregate principal amount of each series of the Securities set forth in the column titled, “Aggregate Principal Amount Expected to be Accepted for Purchase,” in the table above.

Securities not accepted for purchase will be promptly credited to the account of the Holder of such Securities with The Depository Trust Company and otherwise returned in accordance with the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal.

All payments for Securities purchased in connection with the Early Tender Deadline will also include accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount of Securities purchased from the last interest payment date applicable to the relevant series of Securities up to, but not including, the early settlement date, which is currently expected to be December 5, 2018. In accordance with the terms of the Offers, the withdrawal deadline was 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 3, 2018. As a result, tendered Securities may no longer be withdrawn, except in certain limited circumstances where additional withdrawal rights are required by law (as determined by Viacom).

Although the Offers are scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 18, 2018, because Holders of Securities subject to the Offers validly tendered and did not validly withdraw Securities on or prior to the Early Tender Deadline for which (1) in the case of the Capped Tender Notes, the aggregate principal amount equals the Capped Tender Amount and (2) in the case of the Waterfall Tender Notes, the aggregate purchase price exceeds the Waterfall Tender Amount, Viacom does not expect to accept for purchase any tenders of Securities after the Early Tender Deadline.

Information Relating to the Offers

Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as the dealer managers for the Offers. The information agent and tender agent for the Offers is Global Bondholder Services Corporation. Copies of the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and related offering materials are available by contacting Global Bondholder Services Corporation by telephone at (866) 924-2200 (toll-free) or (212) 430-3774 (banks and brokers) or by email at Questions regarding the Offers should be directed to Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Liability Management Group, at (212) 723-6106 (collect) or (800) 558-3745 (toll-free), Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Liability Management Group, at (212) 250-2955 (collect) or (866) 627-0391 (toll-free) or RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Liability Management Group, at (212) 618-7843 (collect) or (877) 381-2099 (toll-free).

This press release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell with respect to any securities. The solicitation of offers to sell the Securities is only being made pursuant to the terms of the Offer to Purchase and the related Letter of Transmittal. The offer is not being made in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. None of Viacom, the dealer managers, the tender agent or the information agent is making any recommendation as to whether or not Holders should tender their Securities in connection with the Offers.

About Viacom

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Alex Rindler
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
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James Bombassei
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer
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