NEW YORK -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) today announced that it is offering to repurchase two series of MCI senior notes -- MCI, Inc. $1.983 billion aggregate principal amount of 6.688% Senior Notes Due 2009 and MCI, Inc. $1.699 billion aggregate principal amount of 7.735% Senior Notes Due 2014 -- at 101% of their par value.
Due to the change in control of MCI that occurred on Jan. 6, Verizon is required to make this offer to noteholders within 30 days of the closing of the merger of MCI and Verizon.
Separately, Verizon has notified noteholders that MCI is exercising its right to redeem both series of Senior Notes prior to maturity under the optional redemption procedures provided in the indentures. The 6.688% Notes will be redeemed on March 1, 2006, and the 7.735% Notes will be redeemed on Feb. 16, 2006.
The redemption agent is Citibank, N.A.
Later this month, Verizon expects to announce the actions that it will take with respect to the remaining series of outstanding MCI senior notes -- MCI, Inc. $1.983 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.908% Senior Notes Due 2007.
Verizon intends to complete the refinancing of MCI's long-term debt by the end of the first quarter using a combination of cash and other capital sources.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million customers nationwide; one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks; and one of the nation's premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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