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Yellow Pages considers $300 mill bond offer

Thursday 9th August 2007

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Yellow Pages Group (YPG) says it is considering an offer of up to $300 million of six-year secured, subordinated bonds to New Zealand investors.

The bonds, to be issued by YPG Bond Finance, would be secured, subordinated and cumulative debt securities, carrying a fixed rate of interest to be paid on a semi-annual basis until maturity on 31 October 2013.

The minimum interest rate and applicable margin for the proposed offer, which is expected to open in September, will be set following a bookbuild process.

CCMP Capital and Teachers' Private Capital - the private investment arm of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan - paid Telecom $2.24 billion for Yellow Pages in April. It is intended that proceeds from the issue of bonds would be used to repay part of the acquisition funding.

The offer is expected to be underwritten by ABN AMRO New Zealand, Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank AG.

Offer documents are due out late August.

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