Gannett Announces Commitments to Amend and Extend Its Revolving Credit Agreements
McLEAN, VA – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) today announced that it has received signed commitments from the required lenders to extend the maturity date of its existing revolving credit agreements from March 15, 2012 to September 30, 2014. The company expects total commitments under the amended revolving credit agreements to be $1.63 billion through March 15, 2012, and total extended commitments from March 15, 2012 to September 30, 2014 to be $1.14 billion. The amended revolving credit agreements will continue to be guaranteed by all of its subsidiaries that guarantee the obligations under its existing revolving credit agreements, term loan agreement and certain of its notes. Entering into the amended revolving credit agreements is subject to completion of final documentation. The company also announced that it recently amended its existing revolving credit agreements and term loan agreement to permit the issuance of up to $750 million of additional indebtedness guaranteed by its subsidiary guarantors.
“We are pleased with the response from our lenders and their confidence in us. Successfully amending and extending the maturity date on our revolving credit facilities provides us with significant financial flexibility as we continue to position Gannett for the future,” said Gracia C. Martore, president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. “We expect to close the amended credit facilities by the end of the month.”
Several of the lenders and agents under the company’s revolving credit agreements are lenders under the company’s term loan agreement, and certain of the lenders and agents and their respective affiliates have performed, and may in the future perform, various commercial banking, investment banking and other financial advisory services for the company and its subsidiaries for which they have received, and will receive, customary fees and expenses.
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Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV web sites; CareerBuilder.com, the nation’s top employment site; USATODAY.com; and more than 80 local MomsLikeMe.com sites. Gannett publishes 82 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 600 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is one of the UK’s leading regional community news providers, with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of web sites.
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