Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings said late Monday that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Clear Channel Worldwide Holdings is selling about $1.25 billion in notes via a private offering. Clear Channel Worldwide plans to loan proceeds of the nets to another unit, Clear Channel Outdoor (CCOI), which will make a special cash dividend to Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings. They, in turn, will make a pay a special cash dividend to all holders of Class A and Class B common stock, including Clear Channel Holdings and CC Finco. Clear Channel Holdings will use the proceeds to pay a dividend to its parent company, Clear Channel Communications, which will use the proceedds, as well as cash on hand, to repay debt. Clear Channel is backed by Thomas H. Lee and Bain Capital.
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. CCO -0.18% (the “Company”) announced today that its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, Clear Channel Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (“Clear Channel Worldwide”), will offer, subject to market and customary conditions, $250,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Series A Senior Subordinated Notes due 2020 (the “Series A Notes”) and $1,000,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Series B Senior Subordinated Notes due 2020 (the “Series B Notes” and, together with the Series A Notes, the “Notes”) in a private offering that is exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
The Company, its wholly-owned subsidiary Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. (“CCOI”), and certain of the Company’s other domestic subsidiaries will guarantee the Notes. The Notes will be unsecured senior subordinated obligations that will rank junior to all of Clear Channel Worldwide’s existing and future senior debt, equally with any of Clear Channel Worldwide’s existing and future senior subordinated debt and ahead of all of Clear Channel Worldwide’s existing and future debt that expressly provides that it is subordinated to the Notes. The guarantees of the Notes will rank junior to all of the guarantors’ existing and future senior debt, equally with any of the guarantors’ existing and future senior subordinated debt and ahead of all of the guarantors’ existing and future debt that expressly provides that it is subordinated to the guarantees of the Notes.
Clear Channel Worldwide intends to loan the proceeds of the Notes, net of the initial purchasers’ discount, to CCOI. CCOI will pay all other fees and expenses of the offering using cash on hand and, with the proceeds of the loans, make a special cash dividend to the Company, which will in turn make a special cash dividend (in the same aggregate amount) to all holders of its Class A common stock and Class B common stock, including Clear Channel Holdings, Inc. (“Clear Channel Holdings”) and CC Finco, LLC, a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Clear Channel Holdings (“CC Finco”).
The Company has been informed by Clear Channel Holdings that it intends to use the proceeds of the dividend it receives to pay a dividend to its parent company, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which will in turn use the proceeds, together with cash on hand in an amount equal to the amount of dividend proceeds distributed to CC Finco, to repay indebtedness under its senior secured credit facilities.
The Notes and related guarantees will be offered only to “qualified institutional buyers” in reliance on the exemption from registration pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to persons outside of the United States in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes and the related guarantees have not been registered under the Securities Act, or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction, and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration or an applicable exemption from the Securities Act and applicable state securities and foreign securities laws.
This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other securities. The Notes offering is not being made to any person in any jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.
About Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, with more than 750,000 displays in over 40 countries across five continents, including 48 of the 50 largest markets in the United States. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. offers many types of displays across its global platform to meet the advertising needs of its customers. This includes a growing digital platform that now offers over 850 digital displays across 37 U.S. markets. Clear Channel International operates in 30 countries across Asia, Australia and Europe in a wide variety of formats.