PTGi Announces a Special Dividend of $2.50 per Common Share
(Marketwire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MCLEAN, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --
Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated ("PTGi") (NYSE: PTGI), a global facilities-based integrated provider of advanced telecommunications products and services, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Primus Telecommunications Holding, Inc. ("PTHI") has completed the exchange of $79,702,709 aggregate principal amount of its 10.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2017 (the "10% Notes") for $86,875,955 aggregate principal amount of its newly-issued 10.00% Senior Secured Exchange Notes due 2017 (the "10% Exchange Notes"), together with accrued but unpaid interest on the exchanged 10% Notes for the period from October 15, 2012 to the exchange date. The terms of the 10% Exchange Notes are substantially similar to those governing the 10% Notes, except that the applicable redemption price of the 10% Exchange Notes is at all times 100.00% of principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest.
In connection with the exchange, PTHI amended the indenture that governs the 10% Notes and 10% Exchange Notes to reinstate substantially all of the events of default, restrictive and reporting covenants and related provisions and definitions of the indenture that were eliminated by the September 17, 2012 amendment of the indenture, with certain amendments thereto to establish a new $50,000,000 restricted payment basket and to permit the incurrence of certain additional parity lien debt. Also in connection with the exchange, the plaintiffs in the case Whitebox Advisors, LLC and River Ridge Master Fund, Ltd. v. Primus Telecommunications Holding, Inc. have dismissed the case.
PTGi also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a special cash dividend of $2.50 per share on all issued and outstanding PTGi common stock. The special cash dividend will be paid on December 11, 2012 to holders of record of PTGi common stock as of November 27, 2012.
"We are pleased that we were able to expeditiously resolve this matter with our Note holders. Now we have flexibility under our indenture, and our Board has declared a $2.50 special cash dividend to our shareholders," said PTGi's Chairman, President & CEO, Peter Aquino.
PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including, traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, broadband Internet, colocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States and Canada. PTGi is also one of the leading international wholesale service providers to fixed and mobile network operators worldwide. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centers located in Canada. Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
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