Indianapolis…Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) today announced that it had priced its offering of floating rate senior notes in a Rule 144A offering. The size of the offering was increased to $350 million from $325 million. The notes will bear interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus a margin, initially equal to 587.5 basis points. The margin will increase by 50 basis points on each of June 15, 2006, December 15, 2006 and June 15, 2007. The offering of the floating rate senior notes is expected to close on June 21, 2005.
Emmis intends to use the proceeds from the offering of the floating rate senior notes, together with the proceeds of other indebtedness, (i) to repurchase a portion of its outstanding shares of Class A common stock up to an aggregate purchase price of $400 million, whether pursuant to its “Dutch Auction” tender offer or in open market transactions, (ii) to repay or refinance indebtedness and (iii) to pay fees and expenses relating to these and related transactions.
The securities to be offered will not be registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
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Emmis Communications is an Indianapolis-based diversified media firm with radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and magazine publishing operations. Emmis owns 23 FM and 2 AM domestic radio stations serving the nation’s largest markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as Phoenix, St. Louis, Austin, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN. Emmis has recently announced its intent to seek strategic alternatives for its 16 television stations, which could result in the sale of all or a portion of its television assets. In addition, Emmis owns a radio network, international radio stations, regional and specialty magazines and ancillary businesses in broadcast sales and book publishing.
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