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Avanti Communications Group plc

Announces new $100 Million Super Senior Facility at 7.5%

 

16 June 2017

Avanti Communications Group plc (the “Company”) today announces that it has entered into a facility agreement with HPS[1] which will provide a $100 million three-year super senior facility (the “Super Senior Facility”). The proceeds from the Super Senior Facility replaces an existing undrawn higher cost $50m debt facility and provides $50m additional new liquidity and will be used to complete the construction and launch of the Company’s HYLAS 4 satellite and, subject to certain conditions, may be used to redeem or repurchase some of the Company’s outstanding high yield notes.  The interest rate is 7.5% p.a, versus a rate of over 10% p.a. on the facility that is being replaced.

In order to incur the Super Senior Facility, the Company has received sufficient consents from holders of its outstanding notes to certain amendments to the indentures governing the notes and the intercreditor agreement, including amendments to the EBITDA financial covenant such that the first testing date is to be moved from 30 June 2017 to 31 March 2018 and the thresholds are to be lowered.

The Super Senior Facility will close upon execution of the necessary documents which the Company expects to occur on or around 21 June 2017. Upon the incurrence of the Super Senior Facility, the Company will cancel all outstanding commitments for holders of its 2021 PIK Toggle Notes to purchase delayed draw notes on 30 June 2017 and 30 November 2017.

Paul Walsh, Chairman of the Company, said “This transaction is a positive step for the Company to lower its cost of capital with a prominent global investor and provide additional headroom in a crucial period with the launch of HYLAS 4 pending and customer demand for our products recovering.”

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For further information please contact:

Montfort:
Nick Miles / James Olley
+44 (0)203 770 7909
Redleaf:
Lara Pyliotis
44 (0)207 382 4763
Cenkos Securities plc
Max Hartley (Nomad) / Julian Morse
+44 (0) 20 7397 8900

 

Notes to Editors

About Avanti Communications

Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.

Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.

The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.   Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).

www.avantiplc.com 

About HPS

HPS Investment Partners, LLC (“HPS”) is a leading global investment firm with a focus on non-investment grade credit. Established in 2007, HPS has approximately 100 investment professionals and over 200 total employees, and is headquartered in New York with ten additional offices globally. HPS was originally formed as a unit of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC, a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and formerly known as Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC. In March 2016, the principals of HPS acquired the firm from J.P. Morgan, which retained Highbridge’s hedge fund strategies. As of March 2017, HPS has approximately $39 billion of assets under management.

www.hpspartners.com

[1] includes certain funds or accounts managed or advised by HPS Investment Partners, LLC or an affiliate thereof