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Mitel and Aastra close $US374 million merger

Mitel and Aastra close $US374 million merger

The merged companies now boast an annual combined revenue of more than $US1 billion

Mitel Networks Corporation and Aastra Technologies have finalised their $US374 million merger.

Aastra will now fall under the Mitel banner, which now boasts an annual combined revenue of $US1.1 billion and 60 million customers worldwide.

Under the terms of the arrangement, shareholders of Aastra received $US6.52 in cash plus 3.6 common shares of Mitel for each Aastra common share held.

The total amount of cash paid by Mitel was approximately $US80 million and the number of Mitel shares issued was 44,162,509.

Mitel financed the transaction from cash on hand and from a portion of the proceeds from the new credit facility.

Mitel chief executive, Richard McBee, said the merger created the financial scale and operational leverage to drive shareholder value and profitable growth in an opportunity-rich consolidating market.

“We now have double the talent, tools and range of solutions to aggressively compete for a greater share of our market.”

In conjunction with the closing of the merger, Mitel completed financing of a $US405 million credit facility consisting of a $US355 million term loan maturing in January 2020, and an undrawn $US50 million revolving credit facility maturing in January 2019.

Mitel chief financial officer, Steve Spooner, said he was pleased to have secured new credit facilities on very favourable terms.

“Our new capital structure, combined with the enhanced cash flow generation we expect from the merger, positions Mitel with one of the best financial platforms in the industry.”

Proceeds from the new credit facilities were used to finance the merger of Aastra, repay the $US259 million outstanding under the existing credit facilities, as well as fees and expenses related to the transactions.

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