PARIS, Sept. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; OTCQX: TCLRY) ("Technicolor" or the "Company") today announces that it will launch an incremental term loan to partially finance the acquisition of the Connected Devices division of Cisco and The Mill and a capital increase with preferential subscription rights (the "Rights Offering"). The combination of the incremental term loan and of the Rights Offering would allow Technicolor to maintain a healthy balance sheet pro forma for the acquisitions of Cisco Connected Devices and The Mill and appropriate financial flexibility for future growth.
The envisaged financing transactions should result in a pro forma expected leverage (Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA) of 1.7x at end 2015 and include:
- An incremental term loan of c.€375 million maturing in 2020 (the "Incremental Term Loan") fully underwritten by Goldman Sachs, the syndication of which will start in the coming days;
- A Rights Offering of up to €225 million, which Technicolor will launch after the publication of its Q3 2015 revenues. Banks have been appointed and are committed to underwrite the Rights Offering, subject to customary conditions; and
- Approximately €100 million of cash-on-hand will also be used to finance the acquisitions.
The Incremental Term Loan: Concurrent with the announcements of the strategic acquisitions of Cisco Connected Devices on July 23, 2015 and of The Mill today, Technicolor will launch an Incremental Term Loan in US$ and € of c.€375 million equivalent aggregate principal amount, to help fund those transactions in conjunction with the planned Rights Offering and cash on hand. The Incremental Term Loan is being led by Goldman Sachs International as Sole Lead Arranger and Bookrunner.
The Rights Offering: Technicolor will raise up to €225 million of new equity through a capital increase with the issuance of new ordinary shares. Existing shareholders will receive preferential rights to subscribe for new shares. The Rights Offering will be launched post announcement of Q3 2015 revenues on October 21, subject to market conditions and receiving the visa from the French Autorité des marchés financiers. The terms of the Rights Offering will be announced at the time of launch. Banks are committed to underwrite the Rights Offering, subject to customary conditions. Upon the launch of the Rights Offering, the Company will publish a prospectus in respect of the Rights Offering, which will be available on the website of the Company.
In addition, it is reminded that, as per the Company's press release of July 23, 2015, the acquisition of Cisco Connected Devices will be partially financed through the delivery to Cisco of Technicolor newly-issued shares.
Forward Looking Statement
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This announcement is not a prospectus within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of November 4th, 2003, as amended, in particular by Directive 2010/73/EU to the extent such Directive has been transposed in the relevant member State of the European Economic Area (together, the "Prospectus Directive").
No securities offering will be opened to the public in France before the delivery of the visa on a prospectus prepared in compliance with the Prospectus Directive, as approved by the French Autorité des marchés financiers.
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