Lumen Announces Broad Agreement With Creditors That Will Provide The Company with Significant Flexibility to Execute Its Transformation Strategy
DENVER, Oct. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumen Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: LUMN) ("Lumen" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a transaction support agreement with a group of creditors holding over $7 billion of the outstanding indebtedness of the Company and its subsidiaries to, among other things, extend maturities of the debt instruments of the Company and Level 3 Financing, Inc. In addition, the creditors have committed to provide $1.2 billion of financing to the Company through new long-term debt. The consummation of the transactions contemplated by the transaction support agreement is subject to the satisfaction of various closing conditions.
"After several months of constructive discussions, we are pleased to have reached this agreement. This transaction will position the Company to better align our balance sheet with our current business needs," said Kate Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "As we move forward, we remain focused on executing our strategic transformation and delivering excellent value to our customers."
"We appreciate the engagement of the creditors involved in this transaction in determining the best path forward for our business. We look forward to swiftly consummating the transactions contemplated by the transaction support agreement, and to utilizing the flexibility we have retained in addressing the needs of our other key stakeholders," said Chris Stansbury, Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
Guggenheim Securities, LLC served as financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal advisor to the Company.
About Lumen Technologies
Lumen connects the world. We are igniting growth by connecting people, data, and applications – quickly, securely, and effortlessly. Everything we do at Lumen takes advantage of our network strength. From metro connectivity to long-haul data transport to our edge cloud, security, and managed service capabilities, we meet our customers' needs today and as they build for tomorrow.
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our ability to successfully maintain the quality and profitability of our existing product and service offerings, to introduce profitable new offerings on a timely and cost-effective basis and to transition customers from our legacy products to our newer offerings; our ability to successfully and timely implement our corporate strategies, including our deleveraging and buildout strategies; our ability to successfully and timely consummate the pending divestiture of our European, Middle Eastern and African business, to successfully and timely realize the anticipated benefits from that divestiture and our divestitures completed in 2022, and to successfully operate and transform our remaining business; changes in our operating plans, corporate strategies, or capital allocation plans, whether based upon changes in our cash flows, cash requirements, financial performance, financial position, market or regulatory conditions, or otherwise; the impact of any future material acquisitions or divestitures that we may transact; 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our ability to use our net operating loss carryforwards in the amounts projected; the effects of changes in accounting policies, practices or assumptions, including changes that could potentially require additional future impairment charges; continuing uncertainties regarding the impact that COVID-19 and its aftermath could have on our business, operations, cash flows and corporate initiatives; the effects of adverse weather, terrorism, epidemics, pandemics, rioting, vandalism, societal unrest, or other natural or man-made disasters or disturbances; the potential adverse effects if our internal controls over financial reporting have weaknesses or deficiencies, or otherwise fail to operate as intended; the effects of changes in interest rates or inflation; the effects of more general factors such as changes in exchange rates, in operating costs, in public policy, in the views of financial analysts, or in general market, labor, economic or geopolitical conditions; and other risks referenced from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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