First, the press release.
San Antonio, TX, March 15, 2017 – iHeartCommunications, Inc. (“iHeartCommunications”) today commenced private offers (the “Term Loan Offers”) to lenders under the Company’s Term Loan D and Term Loan E facilities (“Existing Term Loans”) to amend the Existing Term Loans and/or exchange them for new term loans of iHeartCommunications (the “New Term Loans”), and new securities (the “New Securities”) of iHeartCommunications, iHeartMedia, Inc. (“iHeartMedia”), CC Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (“CCO Holdings”) and/or Broader Media, LLC (“Broader Media”). CCO Holdings is a newly-formed entity that will hold an approximate 89.9% equity interest in Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (“CCOH”) upon closing of the Term Loan Offers if the High Participation Threshold (as defined below) is achieved.
About iHeartMedia, Inc./iHeartCommunications, Inc.
iHeartMedia, Inc (PINK: IHRT), the parent company of iHeartCommunications, Inc., is one of the leading global media and entertainment companies. The company specializes in radio, digital, outdoor, mobile, social, live events, on-demand entertainment and information services for local communities, and uses its unparalleled national reach to target both nationally and locally on behalf of its advertising partners. The company is dedicated to using the latest technology solutions to transform the company’s products and services for the benefit of its consumers, communities, partners and advertisers, and its outdoor business reaches over 35 countries across five continents, connecting people to brands using innovative new technology.
About Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: CCO) is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, with more than 650,000 displays in over 35 countries across five continents, including 43 of the 50 largest markets in the United States. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings offers many types of displays across its global platform to meet the advertising needs of its customers. This includes a growing digital platform that now offers over 1,050 digital billboards across 29 U.S. markets. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings’ International segment operates in 22 countries across Asia, Australia and Europe in a wide variety of formats.
Insiders Take – This note swap could be leading towards a separation of iHeart Media and CCO. With the addition of CCO Holdings, iHeart is hoping to create a new entity that wil hold iHearts 89.9% interest in Clear Channel Outdoor.
This will all depend on how successful iHeart is with his new offering. The full press release provides for four different potential options with only the “High Participation Scenario” providing investors with shares of the new CCO Holdings entity.
We should know more in the next month.