Utrecht, the Netherlands — 12 February 2021: Ziggo B.V. (the “Issuer”), a private company with limited liability (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aanspakelijkheid) incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands and an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of VodafoneZiggo Group Holding B.V. (“VodafoneZiggo”), announced today that it has successfully negotiated a private placement of $200 million in aggregate principal amount of its 4.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2030 (the “Additional Notes”). The Additional Notes will be issued and sold as an additional issuance of the Issuer’s outstanding 4.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2030, that were originally issued on 28 October 2019 in an aggregate principal amount of $500.0 million (the “Original Notes”), that are listed on the Official List of Euronext Dublin (ISIN: USN98371AC66, CUSIP: N98371AC6).
The Additional Notes are expected to be issued on 1 March 2021. Upon issuance, the Additional Notes sold pursuant to an off-shore transaction in accordance with Regulation S (“Regulation S”) under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), to non-U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S) outside of the United States will have different international securities identification numbers (“ISINs”) and CUSIPs from, and will not trade fungibly with, the Original Notes during the 40-day period prescribed by Regulation S, commencing on the issue date of the Additional Notes (the “Distribution Compliance Period”). Following the Distribution Compliance Period, the Additional Notes will become fully fungible with, and have the same ISIN as, the Original Notes sold pursuant to Regulation S, respectively.
The Issuer will use a portion of the proceeds of the Additional Notes to fund the redemption of 10% of the aggregate principal amount of the Issuer’s dollar-denominated 5.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2027, issued pursuant to an indenture dated 23 September 2016 among, inter alios, the Issuer (as successor issuer to Ziggo Secured Finance B.V.), the guarantors party thereto and Deutsche Trustee Company Limited, as trustee (the “2016 Indenture”), at a redemption price equal to 103% of the principal amount thereof, plus Additional Amounts (as defined in the 2016 Indenture), if any, plus accrued and unpaid interest to (but excluding) the date of redemption.
BNP Paribas Securities Corp. acted as Exclusive Placement Agent and Sole Bookrunner for the transaction.
VodafoneZiggo is a leading Dutch company that provides fixed, mobile and integrated communication and entertainment services to consumers and businesses. As of September 30, 2020, VodafoneZiggo had 5 million mobile, nearly 4 million video, over 3 million fixed broadband internet and approximately 2.5 million fixed telephony subscribers.
This announcement is not directed at, or intended for distribution to or use by any person or entity that is a citizen or resident or located in any locality, state, country or other jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation or which would require any registration or licensing.
The Original Notes and the Additional Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered, sold, resold or otherwise transferred, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities law of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The target market for the Additional Notes is eligible counterparties and professional clients only, each as defined in Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, “MiFID II”), and all channels for distribution of the Additional Notes to eligible counterparties and professional clients are appropriate.
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