AMERICAN MEDIA, INC. ANNOUNCES AN AGREEMENT WITH BONDHOLDERS TO ENHANCE CAPITAL STRUCTURE AND IMPROVE LIQUIDITY
NEW YORK, September 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – American Media, Inc. (AMI) announced today that it entered into an exchange agreement with holders of approximately 90% of its 13½% second lien notes. These holders will exchange their existing second lien notes for a new series of 10% second lien notes with a payment-in-kind feature. As a result, AMI is expected to save approximately $12 million per year in cash interest payments over the next 3 years, and AMI has agreed to use this savings to repurchase its first lien bonds. In addition, the holders have agreed to support certain additional exchange transactions in the future, under certain circumstances.
Said David J. Pecker, Chairman, President and CEO of AMI: “This exchange will reduce total debt and allow us to further invest in digital opportunities and rapidly growing media products, including Shape, Men’s Fitness and our new book publishing venture. It will also increase AMI’s financial flexibility.” Mr. Pecker further commented: “This is a watershed event for AMI. Some of our largest bondholders are recognizing the long-term strategic plan of management, and this transaction improves our liquidity, assists in future investments and provides a path to unlock value for all stakeholders. We are pleased by the confidence investors have in AMI and believe their decision to approach us on this significant transaction underscores the extraordinary momentum of our business.”
The exchange agreement is expected to close next week and is subject to customary closing conditions. There can be no assurance that these transactions will occur. AMI expects to file today a Current Report on Form 8-K with a further description of the exchange agreement.
About American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc. (AMI) owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States. AMI’s titles include National Enquirer, Star, OK!, Globe, National Examiner, Country Weekly, Soap Opera Digest, Shape, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers. AMI also manages 18 different digital sites including RadarOnline.com, OKmagazine.com, CountryWeekly.com, Shape.com, FitPregnancy.com, MensFitness.com and MuscleandFitness.com. AMI’s magazines have a combined total circulation of 7.2+ million and reach more than 60 million men and women each month. AMI’s digital properties reach an average of 24+ million unique visitors and 183+ million page views monthly.
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