DALLAS // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI) (NYSE: BBI.B), a leading global provider of media entertainment, today announced it has closed its previously announced offering of $675 million aggregate principal amount of 11.75 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2014 at an issue price of 94.0 percent.
J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. acted as the sole book-running manager of the Notes offering. The Company will use the net proceeds of the Notes offering to repay all indebtedness outstanding under the Company's revolving credit facility and Term Loan B, its revolving asset-based loan facility in Canada, fund fees and expenses of the transaction and for general corporate purposes. The letters of credit outstanding under the revolving credit facility will remain outstanding.
Commenting on the completion of its successful refinancing and business strategy, Blockbuster Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Keyes, stated: "The completion of the $675 million Notes offering is another important milestone for Blockbuster. We are pleased with this expression of investor confidence in the sustainability of our business model. This will enable us to increase our points of presence and expand the depth and breadth of product selection and convenience across all of our channels. Blockbuster is well positioned to continue our transformation into a multi-platform provider of media entertainment."
Blockbuster's new financing will provide flexibility as the Company provides convenient access to media entertainment to its more than 50 million annual customers through four key points of distribution - in store, by-mail, vending and digital download.
Blockbuster operates stores within a 10-minute drive of approximately 70 percent of United States households and stands to significantly increase its overall points of distribution through its DVD vending initiative with NCR Corporation; its by-mail and Total Access™ programs with over 95,000 movie titles available; and its BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® service, which is set to enter into millions of homes across the country through alliances with leading consumer electronics and device manufacturers. The BLOCKBUSTER On Demand service will also be available in select Motorola phones, providing Motorola with access to the Company's library of premium digital entertainment to mobile devices for the first time.
Additionally, in step with the transformation of its business, Blockbuster will maintain focus on operational efficiencies which have reduced general and administrative expenses by $166 million during the first half of 2009 and remains on-track to reduce its general and administrative expenses by $200 million in 2009, excluding foreign exchange and inflation. The Company continues to evaluate cost saving opportunities and liquidity enhancing initiatives and pursue the divestiture of certain non-strategic assets outside of North America.
"This new bond offering, combined with our cost savings initiatives and additional cash availability through the sale of our Irish assets and the reduction of the Viacom letters of credit, provides us with adequate liquidity and the flexibility to continue our business transformation," Keyes said." We would like to thank our lenders and agent bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, for their tremendous support over the past few years."
In line with the new financing, Standard & Poor's Rating Service recently upgraded Blockbuster's credit rating, commenting that the upgrade reflects their estimation that the Company's refinancing will enhance its liquidity and improve operating flexibility. Additionally, Moody's Investor's Service placed Blockbuster's credit rating on review for an upgrade, noting that the successful closing of the Company's refinancing would strengthen its capital structure and address key constraints to its liquidity.
The Notes were offered to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and to persons outside the United States in accordance with regulations under the Securities Act. The Notes were not registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
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Blockbuster Inc. is a leading global provider of rental and retail movie and game entertainment. The Company provides its customers with convenient access to media entertainment anywhere and anyway they want it - whether in-store, by-mail, through vending and kiosks or digital download. With a highly recognized brand name and a library of over 125,000 movie and game titles, Blockbuster leverages its multi-channel presence to best serve the 2 million daily global customers and over 50 million annual global customers who purchase its media content and to further build upon its leadership position in the media entertainment industry. The Company has approximately 7,100 stores in the United States, its territories and 19 other countries. Annual revenues were $5.3 billion as of January 4, 2009.
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