Intelsat Announces Completion of Acquisition by Serafina Holdings
February 4, 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, today announced the successful closing of the acquisition of all of the primary equity ownership of its parent, Intelsat Holdings, Ltd. (“Intelsat Holdings”) by Serafina Holdings, Limited (“Serafina Holdings”), an entity formed by funds advised by BC Partners, Silver Lake and certain other equity investors.
Under the transaction, the equity of Intelsat Holdings was valued at approximately $5.0 billion. Of the current shareholders of Intelsat Holdings, the funds advised by or associated with Apax Partners Worldwide LLP, Apax Partners, L.P., Apollo Management V, L.P., Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC and Permira Advisers LLC, will sell 100 percent of their interests in the company. Following the closing, Intelsat’s current executives will remain in place and have an equity interest in Serafina Holdings, which is expected to be renamed Intelsat Global, Ltd.
Immediately following the consummation of the transaction, Intelsat (Bermuda), Ltd. assumed certain debt obligations entered into by Serafina Holdings to effect the transaction and refinance certain existing debt of Intelsat. The assumed debt includes a bridge financing comprised of two tranches, a $2.805 billion cash pay senior unsecured bridge loan and a $2.155 billion PIK election bridge loan.
“This transaction closes at a time when Intelsat is seeing strong momentum. We have improved the operating profile of our company, based on initiatives such as our fleet management program and the introduction of new services. Speaking on behalf of Intelsat’s management, we are looking forward to working with BC Partners and Silver Lake as we continue to execute our growth strategy,” said Dave McGlade, the Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat.
Raymond Svider, a Managing Partner at BC Partners, added, “Intelsat is a rare investment opportunity, providing revenue diversity, stability and global presence combined with attractive growth potential. We are proud to become associated with this world class management team and are looking forward to supporting them in taking the business to its next stage of development.”
Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to Intelsat, Ltd. in connection with the transaction. Intelsat’s legal advisors included Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCoy LLP, Wiley Rein LLP, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Merrill Lynch & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners LP acted as financial advisors, Latham & Watkins LLP as legal advisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as accounting and tax advisor to the acquiror.
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Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide, delivering advanced transmission access for information and entertainment to some of the world’s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat also offers seamless service for voice, data and video transmission unmatched in the industry. With the globalization of content, broadband, telecom, HD and IPTV fueling next-generation growth, the ever expanding universe of satellite services are the cornerstones of today's Intelsat. Real-time, advanced communications with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.
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