Uniti Group Inc. Announces Completion of New ABS Bridge

Uniti Group Inc. Announces Completion of New ABS Bridge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 26, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Uniti Group Inc. (“Uniti” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: UNIT) announced today that Uniti Fiber Bridge Borrower LLC ( the “ABS Borrower”), an indirect, bankruptcy remote subsidiary of the Company, has entered into a Bridge Loan and Security Agreement for up to $350 million of borrowings pursuant to a multi-draw term loan facility (the “Facility”).

Borrowings under the Facility will bear interest at an initial rate equal to Term SOFR for the applicable interest period plus an applicable margin of 3.75%, subject to customary step-ups in the applicable margin based on how long the Facility remains outstanding.   The ABS Borrower intends to cap Term SOFR for the duration of the Facility pursuant to an interest rate protection agreement. The Facility will mature 18 months from the initial draw date and is subject to customary covenants.

The ABS Borrower intends to refinance the Facility in full with proceeds from a long-term ABS facility secured primarily by certain Uniti Fiber network assets.

“We are excited to announce this new ABS bridge facility that not only helps bolster our liquidity in the near-term, but also provides access to an attractive new source of long-term capital through a permanent ABS solution that is expected to follow,” commented Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, Paul Bullington.

Barclays Bank PLC acted as sole structuring agent, lead left arranger and facility agent on the transaction. Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch and Citibank, N.A. acted as co-lead arrangers. Wilmington Trust, National Association is acting as administrative agent.

RECENT ASSET SALES

Uniti also announced today multiple asset sales that it recently completed. First, Uniti sold its remaining investment interest in the fiber network operated by Bluebird Network LLC. In addition, Uniti sold to CableSouth Media III, LLC (“SwyftFiber”) the fiber and other network assets previously leased to SwyftFiber since its 2018 sale leaseback transaction with Uniti. As part of the agreement, Uniti will continue to have access to certain strands within the SwyftFiber network at zero-cost. Finally, Uniti recently completed the sale of essentially all of its remaining wireless towers to CTI Towers, Inc., a portfolio company of Palistar Capital LP.

Total cash consideration for these transactions was approximately $87 million. For the twelve month period ending September 30, 2023, the aggregate reported revenue and Adjusted EBITDA associated with these asset sales were approximately $4 million and $9 million, respectively.

Mr. Bullington continued, “Uniti has consistently proven to be both a disciplined buyer and seller of assets, and these transactions are further examples of recycling capital at attractive valuations, while also strengthening our overall balance sheet.”

ABOUT UNITI

Uniti, an internally managed real estate investment trust, is engaged in the acquisition and construction of mission critical communications infrastructure, and is a leading provider of fiber and other wireless solutions for the communications industry. As of September 30, 2023, Uniti owns approximately 139,000 fiber route miles, 8.4 million fiber strand miles, and other communications real estate throughout the United States. Additional information about Uniti can be found on its website at www.uniti.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended from time to time. Those forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements of fact, including, without limitation, those regarding the new ABS facility.

Words such as “anticipate(s),” “expect(s),” “intend(s),” “estimate(s),” “foresee(s),” “plan(s),” “believe(s),” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “seek(s)” and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could lead to actual results differing materially from those projected, forecasted or expected. Although we believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained. Factors which could materially alter our expectations include, but are not limited to, the future prospects of Windstream, our largest customer; the ability and willingness of our customers to renew their leases with us upon their expiration, and the ability to reposition our properties on the same or better terms in the event of nonrenewal or in the event we replace an existing tenant; the availability of and our ability to identify suitable acquisition opportunities and our ability to acquire and lease the respective properties on favorable terms; the risk that we fail to fully realize the potential benefits of acquisitions or have difficulty integrating acquired companies; our ability to generate sufficient cash flows to service our outstanding indebtedness and fund our capital funding commitments; our ability to access debt and equity capital markets; the impact on our business or the business of our customers as a result of credit rating downgrades and fluctuating interest rates; our ability to retain our key management personnel; changes in the U.S. tax law and other state, federal or local laws, whether or not specific to real estate investment trusts; covenants in our debt agreements that may limit our operational flexibility; the possibility that we may experience equipment failures, natural disasters, cyber-attacks or terrorist attacks for which our insurance may not provide adequate coverage; other risks inherent in the communications industry and in the ownership of communications distribution systems, including potential liability relating to environmental matters and illiquidity of real estate investments; and additional factors described in our reports filed with the SEC.

Uniti expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any of the forward-looking statements set forth in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

INVESTOR AND MEDIA CONTACTS:

Paul Bullington, 251-662-1512
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
[email protected]

Bill DiTullio, 501-850-0872
Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasury
[email protected]

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