PHOENIX, Ariz. – Dec. 23, 2004 – ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that it has successfully purchased $195 million principal amount of its 12 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2008 and $130 million principal amount of its 12 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2010 previously issued by the company and Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, comprising 100 percent of the outstanding notes of each series. The purchase of notes was financed with approximately $71 million of cash on hand and $325 million of new borrowings under an amendment and restatement of the company’s senior secured credit facilities.
This transaction will enable the company to reduce annualized interest expense by approximately $27 million for calendar year 2005, given current interest rates. Assuming no change in LIBOR, annualized net interest expense will decrease from prior guidance of approximately $88 million to approximately $61 million in calendar year 2005, a reduction of approximately 31 percent.
Borrowings under the company’s senior secured credit facilities have increased from approximately $320.5 million to approximately $645.5 million which is offset by the $325 million reduction of Senior Secured Notes. The $645.5 million senior secured credit facilities will bear interest at a rate of LIBOR plus 300 basis points. Due to debt prepayment costs associated with this transaction, the company no longer expects to be profitable on a U.S. GAAP basis in the fourth quarter of 2004, as previously guided.
“This transaction significantly reduces our interest burden, simplifies our financial structure by the elimination of two series of secured bonds and extends the maturity of our debt,” said Donald Colvin, ON Semiconductor senior vice president and CFO. “The purchase of $325 million aggregate principal amount of our 2008 and 2010 Senior Secured Notes concludes a year of significant capital structure improvement. With this transaction and assuming no change in LIBOR, we have reduced our annualized net interest expense by over $75 million as compared to the end of 2003.”
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ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) offers an extensive portfolio of power and data management semiconductors and standard semiconductor components that address the design needs of today’s sophisticated electronic products, appliances and automobiles. For more information visit ON Semiconductor’s website at https://www.onsemi.com.
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