NCL ANNOUNCES THE PRICING OF ITS $450 MILLION SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING AND ENTRY INTO $750 MILLION NEW REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY
MIAMI -- November 05, 2009
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL Corporation Ltd. or the "Company") announced today that yesterday it entered into an agreement to sell $450 million aggregate principal amount of its 11.75% senior secured notes due 2016 (the "Notes") in connection with a private offering (the "Offering") that is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). In addition, the Company has entered into a new $750 million senior secured revolving credit facility (the "New Revolving Credit Facility"). The initial funding of the New Revolving Credit Facility is expected to occur concurrently with the consummation of the Offering.
The Notes and New Revolving Credit Facility are guaranteed by certain of the Company's subsidiaries (the "Guarantors") which own four of the Company's cruise ships, namely, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Dawn (the "Ships"). The guarantees of the Notes are secured by the same collateral securing the New Revolving Credit Facility (other than pledges of ordinary shares or similar items of the Guarantors), including first priority mortgages on the Ships, and the liens securing the guarantees of the Notes rank pari passu in priority to the liens securing the New Revolving Credit Facility.
The net proceeds from the Offering will be approximately $444.75 million before underwriting discounts and estimated offering expenses. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Offering and from the initial borrowings under the New Revolving Credit Facility to retire indebtedness under certain of its existing senior secured credit facilities and for transaction fees and expenses. The Company also expects to discharge its existing 10?% senior notes in connection with the Offering and the New Revolving Credit Facility.
The Notes are being sold only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act, and outside the United States, only to non-U.S. investors pursuant to Regulation S. The Notes will not be initially registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from registration requirements or a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act or any state securities laws.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line(Norwegian)is the innovator in cruise travel with a 43-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.
Today, Norwegian has the youngest fleet in the industry with 10 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.
Norwegian is presently building Norwegian Epic, the company's largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, for delivery in summer 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic.
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