CommScope Holding Co. Inc. said Wednesday that The Carlyle Group is selling 20 million shares in a secondary offering. The underwriter, J.P. Morgan Securities, also has the option to buy up to 3 million additional shares from Carlyle. Following the deal, Carlyle’s stake will drop to about 31 percent if the underwriter exercises its option. Carlyle acquired CommScope, which makes telecommunications equipment, in 2010. CommScope went public in October 2013.
HICKORY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM) has announced the sale of 20,000,000 shares of its common stock on an underwritten basis by an affiliate of The Carlyle Group. In addition, the underwriter will have an option to purchase up to 3,000,000 additional shares from Carlyle. CommScope will not receive any of the proceeds from the offering of shares by Carlyle. Closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about June 16, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as the sole underwriter for the offering. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC proposes to offer the shares of common stock from time to time to purchasers directly or through agents, or through brokers in brokerage transactions on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, or to dealers in negotiated transactions or in a combination of such methods of sale, at a fixed price or prices, which may be changed, or at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, at prices related to such prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices.
Following the offering, Carlyle will continue to beneficially own 61,216,970 shares, or approximately 32%, of CommScope’s outstanding common stock after giving effect to the offering (or 58,216,970 shares, or approximately 31%, if the underwriter fully exercises its option to purchase additional shares). The sale of the shares of common stock contemplated hereby will trigger the obligation under the Amended and Restated Stockholders Agreement for three Carlyle designees to CommScope’s Board of Directors to resign upon closing of the offering. In addition, going forward, Carlyle will only be afforded the right to designate six directors rather than nine. However, CommScope’s Board of Directors anticipates that it will waive the obligation that three Carlyle designees immediately resign and allow such directors to continue to serve their remaining terms.
CommScope has filed an automatically effective registration statement (including a prospectus) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the offering to which this communication relates, and the offering may only be made by means of such written prospectus. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents CommScope has filed with the SEC for more complete information about CommScope and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by writing J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717; or by telephone: 866-803-9204.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks. Our network infrastructure solutions help customers increase bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and availability; increase energy efficiency; and simplify technology migration. You will find our solutions in the largest buildings, venues and outdoor spaces; in data centers and buildings of all shapes, sizes and complexity; at wireless cell sites and in cable headends; and in airports, trains, and tunnels. Vital networks around the world run on CommScope solutions.
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