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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 20, 2021

 

Uniti Group Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Maryland 001-36708 46-5230630

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

(Commission

File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

10802 Executive Center Drive

Benton Building Suite 300

Little Rock, Arkansas

72211
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
       

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (501) 850-0820

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock UNIT The NASDAQ Global Select Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

 
 
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On April 20, 2021, Uniti Group LP, Uniti Group Finance 2019 Inc. and CSL Capital, LLC (together, the “Issuers”), each a subsidiary of Uniti Group Inc. (the “Company” and, together with the Issuers, “us” or “we”), completed a private offering of $570,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Issuers’ 4.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 (the “Notes”). The Issuers intend to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund the redemption in full of the Issuers’ outstanding 6.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (the “2023 Secured Notes”) and to pay any related premiums, fees and expenses in connection with the foregoing.

 

The Notes were issued at an issue price of 100% of their principal amount pursuant to an Indenture, dated as of April 20, 2021 (the “Indenture”), among the Issuers, the guarantors named therein (collectively, the “Guarantors”) and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as trustee (in such capacity, the “Trustee”) and as collateral agent. The Notes mature on April 15, 2028 and bear interest at a rate of 4.750% per year. Interest on the Notes is payable on April 15 and October 15 of each year, beginning on October 15, 2021.

 

The Issuers may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at any time prior to April 15, 2024 at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes, if any, to, but not including, the redemption date, plus an applicable “make whole” premium described in the Indenture. Thereafter, the Issuers may redeem the Notes in whole or in part, at the redemption prices set forth in the Indenture. In addition, prior to April 15, 2024, the Issuers may, on one or more occasions, redeem up to 10% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes in any twelve month period at a redemption price equal to 103% of the principal amount thereof plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon, if any, to, but not including, the applicable redemption date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Issuers may not use the proceeds of any offering of Additional Notes (as defined in the Indenture) with a price to investors equal to or in excess of 103% to finance any such optional redemption. Further, at any time on or prior to April 15, 2024, up to 40% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes may be redeemed with the net cash proceeds of certain equity offerings at a redemption price of 104.750% of the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but not including, the applicable redemption date; provided that at least 60% of aggregate principal amount of the originally issued Notes remains outstanding. If certain changes of control of Uniti Group LP occur, holders of the Notes will have the right to require the Issuers to offer to repurchase their Notes at 101% of their principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but not including, the repurchase date.

 

The Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, on a senior unsecured basis by the Company and on a senior secured basis by each of Uniti Group LP’s existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries (other than the Issuers) that guarantees indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities and existing secured notes (the “Subsidiary Guarantors”). In addition, the Issuers will use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain necessary regulatory approval to allow certain non-guarantor subsidiaries of the Company to guarantee the Notes, including by making filings to obtain such approval within 60 days of the issuance of the Notes. The guarantees are subject to release under specified circumstances, including certain circumstances in which such guarantees may be automatically released without the consent of the holders of the Notes.

 

The Notes and the related guarantees are the Issuers’ and the Subsidiary Guarantors’ senior secured obligations and rank equal in right of payment with all of the Issuers’ and the Subsidiary Guarantors’ existing and future unsubordinated obligations; effectively senior to all unsecured indebtedness of the Issuers and the Subsidiary Guarantors, including the Company’s existing senior unsecured notes, to the extent of the value of the collateral securing the Notes; effectively equal with all of the Issuers’ and the Subsidiary Guarantors’ existing and future indebtedness that is secured by first-priority liens on the collateral (including indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities and existing secured notes); senior in right of payment to any of the Issuers’ and Subsidiary Guarantors’ subordinated indebtedness; and structurally subordinated to all existing and future liabilities (including trade payables) of the Company’s subsidiaries (other than the Issuers) that do not guarantee the Notes. The guarantee of the Company will be its senior unsecured obligation and will rank equally in right of payment with all of its existing and future unsubordinated obligations and senior in right of payment to any of its subordinated indebtedness. The Notes and the related guarantees will also be effectively subordinated to any existing or future indebtedness that is secured by liens on assets that do not constitute a part of the collateral securing the Notes to the

 

 
 

extent of the value of such assets, and to any existing or future secured indebtedness of the Company to the extent of the value of the assets securing such indebtedness.

 

The Notes and the related guarantees will be secured by liens on substantially all of the assets of the Issuers and the Subsidiary Guarantors, which assets also ratably secure obligations under the Company’s existing secured notes and senior secured credit facilities, in each case, subject to certain exceptions and permitted liens. The collateral will not include real property (below a specified threshold of value), but will include certain fixtures and other equipment as well as cash that we receive pursuant to our long-term exclusive triple-net leases with Windstream Holdings II, LLC.

 

The Indenture contains customary high yield covenants limiting the ability of Uniti Group LP and its restricted subsidiaries to: incur or guarantee additional indebtedness; incur or guarantee secured indebtedness; pay dividends or distributions on, or redeem or repurchase, capital stock; make certain investments or other restricted payments; sell assets; enter into transactions with affiliates; merge or consolidate or sell all or substantially all of their assets; and create restrictions on the ability of the Issuers and their restricted subsidiaries to pay dividends or other amounts to the Issuers. These covenants are subject to a number of important and significant limitations, qualifications and exceptions. The Indenture also contains customary events of default.

 

The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Indenture and the form of Note included therein, which are filed herewith as Exhibits 4.1 and 4.2, respectively, and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

 

The information set forth in Item 1.01 above is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit

No.

    Description of Exhibit
         
  4.1     Indenture, dated April 20, 2021, by and among Uniti Group LP, Uniti Group Finance 2019 Inc. and CSL Capital, LLC, as Issuers, the guarantors party thereto and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as trustee and collateral agent, governing the 4.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2028.
         
  4.2     Form of 4.750% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 (included in Exhibit 4.1).
         
  104     Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

 

 
 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Current Report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  UNITI GROUP INC.
       
  By:  

/s/ Daniel L. Heard

      Name: Daniel L. Heard
     

Title: Executive Vice President – General

Counsel and Secretary

 

Dated: April 20, 2021

 

 

 

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