MATTOON, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNSL) (the “Company”) announced the next step in positioning the Company to continue executing its Fiber-to-the-Premise (“FttP”) upgrade expansion plan 1.6 million locations by the end of 2025. Consolidated has extended the term of its $250 million revolving credit facility (the “Revolver”) by two years from 2025 to 2027, subject to early maturity, and its financial flexibility within of the turret improved.
Consolidated is in the process of upgrading its home and small business networks to fiber. To date, the company has expanded fiber to approximately 34% of its residential and small business locations, up from 10% at the end of 2020. This fiber expansion is expected to position the company for growth by improving its competitive position by upgrading fiber to 70% of its addressable locations. Consolidated is well positioned to capitalize on the FttP opportunity with significant liquidity and significant financial flexibility.
In connection with the transactions described herein, Searchlight Capital Partners, a strategic investor in the FttP sector and a significant investor in Consolidated, has waived the Company’s obligation to begin paying cash in lieu of dividends on the Company’s preferred stock in 2025 Serie A for two years until 2027.
As of September 30, 2022, Consolidated had total pro forma liquidity of over $775 million. This includes gross proceeds of approximately $490 million from the sale of its interests in wireless limited partnerships, the pending sale of assets in Kansas City and the availability of approximately $225 million under the revolver. In addition, a unrestricted subsidiary of the Company has remitted the net cash proceeds from the sale of the Company’s Wireless Limited Partnership interest to the Restricted Credit Group.
As a result of these transactions, Consolidated does not face any debt maturities until 2027.
Additional details on the amended credit agreement are contained in the Company’s Form 8-K on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
About consolidated communication
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is dedicated to moving people, businesses and communities forward by providing the most reliable fiber optic communications solutions. Consumers, businesses, and mobile and fixed-line operators rely on Consolidated for a wide range of high-speed internet, data, voice, security, cloud and wholesale carrier solutions. With a network spanning more than 57,500 fiber route miles, Consolidated is one of the top 10 fiber providers in the US, converting technology into solutions backed by exceptional customer support. Learn more at consolidated.com.
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