WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 2, 2011— AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE: ABVT), a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced it has closed a new five-year $250 million senior secured revolving credit facility. The purpose of the credit facility is to provide the company with funds for general corporate purposes and to repay the company’s existing credit facility.
AboveNet initially drew down $55 million from the new facility which was principally used to repay all amounts outstanding under the existing secured credit facility, totaling $49.9 million, and to fund related debt acquisition costs.
Borrowings under the new senior secured revolving credit facility will carry interest, at the company’s option, of either the Administrative Agent’s Base Rate, as defined, plus the applicable margin ranging from 1.25 percent to 2 percent or LIBOR plus the applicable margin ranging from 2.25 percent to 3 percent, with the applicable margin being set based on the company’s leverage ratio.
The new facility contains certain affirmative, negative and financial covenants and customary events of default. The facility also provides for AboveNet to increase the aggregate principal by up to $125 million through one or more term loans or additional revolving credit, subject to the agreement of one or more lenders and other conditions set forth in the credit agreement.
Joe Ciavarella, AboveNet’s chief financial officer, said, “The new revolving credit facility gives us the continued flexibility to be able to execute our growth plans at attractive rates. We appreciate the support of the lenders who are participating in this facility.”
SunTrust led the syndication of the new $250 million credit facility.
About AboveNet, Inc.
AboveNet, Inc. provides high bandwidth connectivity solutions for business and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and among top U.S. and European markets. AboveNet’s network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care, retail and government.
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