Meredith Announces Intention To Redeem Series A Preferred Stock And Raise $710 Million In New Debt; Provides Capital Structure Updates

Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; announced its intention to raise $710 million aggregate principal amount of proposed new secured debt, subject to market and other conditions. A combination of cash on hand and proceeds of the new debt will be used to redeem all of its outstanding Series A preferred stock (“Series A Preferred Stock”) and pay fees and expenses incurred in connection with the financing and redemption transactions. The company also announced it has secured an amendment with its revolving line of credit lenders allowing for greater access to the credit facility (together, the “Transactions”).

“We believe these steps will create significant benefits for all of our stakeholders as we pursue our previously communicated strategy to ensure ample liquidity and enhance our financial flexibility,” said Meredith President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Harty.

Meredith expects to fully redeem the Series A Preferred Stock at a redemption price totaling $722 million, contingent upon raising the new debt.

The Company expects to derive several benefits including:
*Increased cash savings from the new debt, now tax deductible, compared to the escalating dividend rate on the current Series A Preferred Stock; and
*Additional financial flexibility by eliminating certain covenants required under the Series A Preferred Stock.

The Company expects the new financing and redemption transactions to be completed on or about June 30, 2020.
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