MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwired - May 10, 2013) - Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) (NYSE: PTGI), a global facilities-based integrated provider of advanced telecommunications products and services, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its North American retail telecommunications operations in the United States and Canada to affiliates of York Capital Management, for approximately US$129 million.
The transaction will require PTGi stockholder approval and regulatory approvals, and is subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is currently expected to close by the third quarter of 2013, with the exception of the closing of the sale of its PTI subsidiary which is expected to occur subsequent to the third quarter. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.
One of the largest alternative consumer service providers in Canada based on net revenue, PTGi's retail telecommunications operations in Canada provides international and domestic long-distance voice, local, broadband, Ethernet, hosted-VoIP and wireless services to SMEs, residential customers and government agencies. In the United States, PTGi provides international and domestic voice, data, business-class broadband, hosted IP-PBX, SIP trunking and VoIP services to SMEs and residential customers, and sales personnel offer business customers voice, data and hosted IP-PBX services.
Neil S. Subin, Chairman, stated, "This transaction represents a meaningful outcome of the board's strategic process. The Board is considering alternatives for the deployment of the proceeds from this sale."
The transaction was approved by the PTGi Board of Directors and the Special Committee of the Board of Directors.
Jefferies LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of PTGi. BMO Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to York Capital Management.
PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) is one of the leading international wholesale service providers to fixed and mobile network operators worldwide. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, and media gateways. Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
About York Capital Management
York Capital Management is an investment firm established in 1991. The firm pursues a multi-strategy investment style and manages approximately $15 billion across several different investment strategies with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.
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