Consolidated Communications Announces Receipt of Requisite Consents and Expiration of Consent Solicitation for Its 10.875% Senior Notes Due 2020

MATTOON, Ill., April 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. ("Holdings") (Nasdaq:CNSL), today announced that its subsidiary, Consolidated Communications, Inc. ("CCI"), received the requisite consents to amend certain terms of the indenture governing CCI's 10.875% Senior Notes due 2020 (the "Senior Notes") in connection with its previously announced consent solicitation, and that the consent solicitation expired.

As previously announced on March 19, 2014, CCI solicited the consent of the holders of its Senior Notes (the "Consent Solicitation") to two proposed amendments to the indenture governing the Senior Notes (the "Indenture"). As of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on April 1, 2014, CCI has been advised by Global Bondholder Services Corporation, as the Tabulation and Information Agent for the Consent Solicitation, that the requisite consent of holders of the Senior Notes was obtained, and Holdings, CCI, certain of their subsidiaries and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee under the Indenture, entered into a supplemental indenture to the Indenture effecting the proposed amendments, as provided in CCI's Consent Solicitation Statement dated March 19, 2014 (the "Consent Solicitation Statement").

Holders of the Senior Notes who validly consented to the proposed amendments on or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on April 1, 2014 (the "Expiration Time"), are eligible to receive a consent fee of $10.00 per $1,000 principal amount of Senior Notes for which consents were received (and not validly revoked) on or prior to the Expiration Time.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or solicitation of consent with respect to any notes or any other securities of CCI. The Consent Solicitation was made solely through the Consent Solicitation Statement. Persons with questions regarding the Consent Solicitation should contact the solicitation agent, Morgan Stanley, at (212) 761-1057 or toll-free at 1 (800) 624 -1808. Requests for copies of the Consent Solicitation Statement should be directed to the Tabulation and Information Agent, Global Bondholder Services, at (212) 430 - 3774 or toll-free at 1 (866) 804 - 2200.

About Consolidated

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, the "Company") is a leading communications provider within its six state operations of California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas. Headquartered in Mattoon, IL, the Company has been providing services in many of its markets for over a century. With one of the highest quality networks in the industry, the Company offers a wide range of communications services, including IP-based digital and high definition television, high speed internet, voice over IP, carrier access, directory publishing and local and long distance service.

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Many of these risks are beyond management's ability to control or predict. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements and risk factors contained in this communication and the Company's filings with the SEC. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws or the rules and regulations of the SEC, we do not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Company Contact: Matt Smith VP of Finance & Treasurer 217-258-2959 matthew.smith@consolidated.comSource:Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.