Daily News: March 5, 2012

Credit Suisse Refinances Hawaiian Telcom Credit Facility

Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc. announced the closing of the refinancing of its existing senior secured credit facility. In connection with the refinancing, the company entered into a new $300 million senior secured credit facility maturing February 28, 2017. Pricing on the new term loan was set at LIBOR plus 5.75% with a LIBOR minimum of 1.25%, and sold at $98.5 per $100 of principal amount.

With respect to the new senior secured credit facility: Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, was sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner for the refinancing. Credit Suisse, Cayman Islands Branch is the administrative agent and collateral agent for the lenders.

“We are very pleased to close this new credit facility, which significantly lowers our cost of debt and provides us with improved covenant flexibility,” said Eric K. Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom’s president and CEO. “Furthermore, securing this financing underscores the confidence that our financial partners have in our business model and better positions us to execute on our strategic plan and drive long-term value for our shareholders,” concluded Yeaman.

The proceeds from the new $300 million term loan were used, along with $16 million of existing cash, to pay off the company’s outstanding term loan, and to pay accrued interest and call premium amounts, as well as closing costs and other third-party expenses related to the transaction.