PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jan. 2, 2004 – ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that it has successfully refinanced approximately $48 million of the term loans under its senior secured bank facility with the proceeds of a new loan provided to the company’s joint venture in Leshan, China by the China Construction Bank. This transaction reduces the interest rate on approximately $48 million of ON Semiconductor’s bank debt from LIBOR plus 325 basis points to LIBOR plus 150 basis points. The new loan facility is comprised of two $24 million tranches, one with a 10-year term and one with a three-year term extendible for an additional three years under certain circumstances.
“As we continue to increase our presence in China, this transaction is an important step in financing our development and investment in this rapidly growing market,” said Donald Colvin, ON Semiconductor senior vice president and CFO. “Furthermore, the reduced borrowing rate is expected to save ON Semiconductor approximately $1 million per year in interest costs.”
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