PHOENIX, Ariz. – Dec. 18, 2006 – ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that it has successfully prepaid approximately $199 million of its senior secured credit facility, bringing the balance down to approximately $200 million and repurchased approximately $230 million of common stock in privately-negotiated transactions, or approximately 30.7 million shares. The prepayment of a portion of its senior secured credit facility as well as the repurchase of common stock was financed through proceeds from its 2.625% $440 million convertible senior subordinated notes offering due in December of 2026 that closed December 15, 2006. The $44 million overallotment option was exercised by the initial purchasers and the company received approximately $471 million of net proceeds associated with the offering. Net proceeds not used to repay the senior secured credit facility or to repurchase shares will be used for general corporate purposes.
Since the transactions closed late in the December quarter, the company anticipates that the net interest expense benefit and share count reduction will have minimal impact to fourth quarter 2006 results. For calendar year 2007, however, the company currently anticipates that its net interest expense will be reduced from its current run rate by approximately 30 percent to approximately $28 million. The company also anticipates it will begin 2007 with a fully diluted share count of approximately 305 million shares based on the current stock price, which takes into account the 30.7 million shares repurchased as part of the transactions. The company also anticipates it will begin 2007 with over $250 million of cash, cash equivalents and short term investments if no further shares repurchases are made during the fourth quarter.
“We are excited by our recent series of transactions that have enabled the company to repurchase approximately 9 percent of its common stock outstanding, lower the overall cost of its debt and continue to push out its overall debt amortization. We believe the company is in a position to continue generating strong free cash flow and we will continue looking at other opportunities to improve shareholder value,” said Donald Colvin, ON Semiconductor executive vice president and CFO.
This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities. The notes offering referred to in this press release was conducted through a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The notes and the common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes have not been registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.
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