SOURCE: PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Incorporated

Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated

December 14, 2009 10:20 ET

PRIMUS Prices $130,000,000 Unit Offering Consisting of Senior Secured Notes of Primus Telecommunications Holding, Inc. and Primus Telecommunications Canada, Inc.

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Incorporated ("Primus") (OTCBB: PMUG), a global, facilities-based integrated communications services provider, today announced the pricing of an offering by its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Primus Telecommunications Holding, Inc. (the "U.S. Issuer") and Primus Telecommunications Canada, Inc. (the "Canadian Issuer" and, together with the U.S. Issuer, the "Issuers") of $130,000,000 aggregate principal amount of units (the "Units"), each Unit consisting of $653.85 principal amount of 13% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 issued by the U.S. Issuer (the "U.S. Notes") and $346.15 principal amount of 13% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 issued by the Canadian Issuer (the "Canadian Notes" and, together with the U.S. Notes, the "Notes").

The U.S. Notes and the Canadian Notes will be senior secured obligations of the U.S. Issuer and the Canadian Issuer, respectively. The U.S. Notes will be guaranteed on a senior secured basis by Primus and each of its existing and future United States subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions. The Canadian Notes will be guaranteed on a senior secured basis by 3082833 Nova Scotia Company and each of the Canadian Issuer's existing and future Canadian subsidiaries. The Canadian Notes will also be guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by Primus.

The U.S. Issuer and the Canadian Issuer will pay interest on the notes semi-annually in arrears on June 15 and December 15 in each year, commencing on June 15, 2010. Beginning December 15, 2013, the Issuers may redeem any or all of the notes at specified redemption prices together with accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date. In addition, at any time on or before December 15, 2012, the Issuers may use the proceeds of certain equity offerings to redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes at a redemption price equal to 113% of the principal amount thereof, together with accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date. If a change of control occurs, the Issuers will be required to make an offer to purchase the Notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount thereof, together with accrued and unpaid interest to the repurchase date.

Primus intends to use the proceeds of the offering to repay indebtedness under and terminate its approximately $94.8 million senior secured term loan facility and approximately $27.0 million Canadian secured credit facility, each of which are due in 2011, and to pay related fees and expenses.

The Units were offered in a private offering that was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The Units were offered within the United States only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act and outside the United States only to non-U.S. investors in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. Neither the Units nor the underlying Notes have been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. Unless so registered, neither the Units nor the underlying Notes may be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

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Contact Information

  • Investor Contact:
    Lippert/Heilshorn & Assoc., Inc.
    Amy Gibbons/Carolyn Capaccio
    212-838-3777
    agibbons@lhai.com