AMC Networks Inc. Announces Pricing of Upsized Private Offering of $875 Million of 10.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2029

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AMC Networks Inc. announces the pricing of $875 million senior secured notes due 2029, representing an increase of $175 million from the initial amount. The company plans to use the proceeds to fund a tender offer for its outstanding 2025 Senior Notes and for general corporate purposes.
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  • The increase in debt through the issuance of senior secured notes may raise concerns about the company's financial leverage and ability to service the increased debt in the future.

The issuance of $875 million in senior secured notes by AMC Networks is a significant financial maneuver, signaling a strategic move to restructure its debt portfolio. The high interest rate of 10.25% reflects the current market conditions and the company's creditworthiness. Investors should consider the implications of the company's decision to replace its existing 4.75% notes with higher-interest debt. While this could indicate a proactive approach to managing upcoming maturities, it also suggests an increase in future interest expenses, which could impact the company's net income and cash flows.

Furthermore, the decision to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of indebtedness, provides some insight into the company's liquidity management. However, the increase in the aggregate principal amount of the Notes from the initially announced figure could raise concerns about the company's leverage and the potential dilution of existing creditors' claims. Stakeholders should monitor the company's subsequent financial statements to assess the impact of these new debt obligations on its balance sheet and overall financial health.

The offering's structure, utilizing an exemption under the Securities Act of 1933 and targeting qualified institutional buyers, means that AMC Networks is seeking to tap into a sophisticated investor base, while also limiting the regulatory burden associated with public offerings. The legal intricacies of such private placements are complex and the fact that the Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act or state securities laws limits their marketability and could affect their liquidity.

It is also important to note the guarantees provided by AMC Networks’ subsidiaries, which create a web of internal obligations that could have legal ramifications in the event of financial distress. Investors should be aware of the limitations imposed on the sale of the Notes, as they are not available to the general public and any secondary market for the Notes may be limited as a result of the offering's private nature.

The entertainment industry, in which AMC Networks operates, has been experiencing a shift towards streaming and on-demand content, affecting traditional revenue streams. The company's decision to issue new debt could be interpreted as a move to bolster its financial position in a competitive market. However, the high yield of the Notes points to a perceived higher risk associated with the company's future earnings potential.

Analysts might look at comparable offerings in the media sector to gauge whether the interest rate offered is in line with industry norms or if it reflects specific concerns about AMC Networks' prospects. The company's performance relative to its peers will be important in determining the attractiveness of this debt issue to investors. The increased principal amount could suggest a strong demand for the company's debt or a need for additional capital, each of which carries different implications for the market's view of the company's growth and risk profile.

NEW YORK, March 26, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMC Networks Inc. (“AMC Networks” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AMCX) today announced that it has priced an offering of $875 million aggregate principal amount of 10.25% senior secured notes due 2029 (the “Notes”) in a private offering, which represents an increase of $175 million in aggregate principal amount of the Notes from the amount announced at the launch of the offering.

The Notes will be unconditionally guaranteed, on a joint and several basis, by each of AMC Networks’ existing and future domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions, on a senior secured basis.

AMC Networks expects to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes to fund its tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase for cash any and all of its outstanding approximately $775 million of 4.75% Senior Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes”) and to redeem any 2025 Notes that remain outstanding after completion of the Tender Offer. AMC Networks will use the remaining proceeds from the offering of the Notes for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of indebtedness.

AMC Networks is offering the Notes (and the related guarantees) pursuant to an exemption under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The initial purchasers of the Notes will offer the Notes only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act or outside the United States to certain persons in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under any state securities laws. Therefore, the Notes may not be offered or sold within the United States to, or for the account or benefit of, any United States person unless the offer or sale would qualify for a registration exemption from the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, the solicitation of an offer to buy or a notice of redemption for any securities nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About AMC Networks
AMC Networks (Nasdaq: AMCX) is home to many of the greatest stories and characters in TV and film and the premier destination for passionate and engaged fan communities around the world. The company creates and curates celebrated series and films across distinct brands and makes them available to audiences everywhere. Its portfolio includes targeted streaming services AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, ALLBLK and HIDIVE; cable networks AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios, which includes U.S. distribution and sales responsibilities for BBC News), IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv; and film distribution labels IFC Films and RLJE Films. The company also operates AMC Studios, its in-house studio, production and distribution operation behind acclaimed and fan-favorite original franchises including The Walking Dead Universe and the Anne Rice Immortal Universe; and AMC Networks International, its international programming business.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements concerning the timing, terms and completion of the offering of the Notes, the anticipated use of proceeds from the offering of the Notes and the timing, terms and completion of the Tender Offer and the redemption of the 2025 Notes. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results, developments or events may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community perceptions of the Company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industries in which it operates and the factors described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections titled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” contained therein. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.


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AMC Networks Inc. has priced an offering of $875 million aggregate principal amount of 10.25% senior secured notes due 2029.

AMC Networks Inc. plans to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes to fund its tender offer to purchase its outstanding 2025 Senior Notes and for general corporate purposes.

The Notes (and the related guarantees) are being offered pursuant to an exemption under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under any state securities laws.
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dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, amc networks inc. (nasdaq: amcx) owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. amc, ifc, sundancetv, we tv, and ifc films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. the company also operates amc networks international, its global division.