NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB, VIA) today announced that it has agreed to sell $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 2.200% senior notes due 2019 at a price equal to 99.947% of the principal amount thereof (the “2019 Senior Notes”), $550 million in aggregate principal amount of 3.875% senior notes due 2024 at a price equal to 99.192% of the principal amount thereof (the “2024 Senior Notes”) and $550 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.250% senior debentures due 2044 at a price equal to 99.831% of the principal amount thereof (the “Senior Debentures” and, together with the 2019 Senior Notes and the 2024 Senior Notes, the “Senior Notes and Debentures”). The sale of the Senior Notes and Debentures is expected to close on March 11, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
Viacom intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, the repayment of outstanding indebtedness, which includes redemption of $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 4.375% Senior Notes due 2014 and borrowings under its commercial paper program, and the repurchase of shares under its share repurchase program.
The joint book-running managers for the offering are Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Mizuho Securities USA Inc. and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.
Viacom's senior unsecured debt is currently rated BBB by Standard & Poor's, BBB+ by Fitch, and Baa2 by Moody's Investors Service.
The terms and conditions of the Senior Notes and Debentures are set forth in a prospectus, which can be obtained by contacting Viacom Investor Relations at 1-800-516-4399 or by written request to Viacom Inc., 1515 Broadway, 52nd Floor, New York, New York 10036, Attn: Investor Relations.
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 160 countries and territories. Viacom's media networks, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach approximately 700 million television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures, America's oldest film studio, is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.
For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.
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