Verizon Offers to Repurchase MCI Senior Notes Due 2007

NEW YORK -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) today announced that it is offering to repurchase MCI, Inc. $1.983 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.908% Senior Notes Due 2007 at 101% of their par value.

For those noteholders who choose not to accept this offer, Verizon expects to satisfy and discharge the indenture governing this series of notes shortly after the close of the offer.

On Jan. 17, Verizon announced a similar offer on the two other series of MCI senior notes, and also announced that it had elected to redeem those notes. Verizon intends to complete the refinancing of all three series of MCI's long-term debt by the end of the first quarter using a combination of cash and other capital sources.



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