Justice Department Clears Intelsat-Panamsat Merger
May 26, 2006
WILTON, CT, -- PanAmSat Holding Corporation (NYSE: PA) announced today that it has been informed that the United States Department of Justice is closing its antitrust investigation of the Company’s proposed merger with Intelsat Ltd. The Justice Department is not seeking to condition, and is not otherwise commenting on, the proposed merger. The transaction remains under review by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
"PanAmSat today has worked hard to become one of the world’s leading providers of standard and high-definition television signals, with a highly reliable satellite fleet, top-notch service and a professional style of management,” said Joe Wright, CEO, PanAmSat. “We’ve reached the point where this merger with Intelsat makes a lot of sense for our shareholders, customers and employees. You won’t be able to match the combined quality of these two companies. We look forward to our new relationship with Dave McGlade, his management team and his employees.”
Intelsat and PanAmSat announced their merger agreement on August 29, 2005. Under the agreement, Intelsat will acquire PanAmSat for $25 per share in cash, or $3.2 billion. In addition, approximately $3.2 billion in debt of PanAmSat and its subsidiaries will remain outstanding or be refinanced. Closing of the transaction is subject, among other things, to the receipt of financing by Intelsat and to obtaining regulatory approval from the FCC. All other regulatory approvals required prior to closing have been obtained.
Through its owned and operated fleet of 23 satellites, PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) is a leading global provider of video, broadcasting and network distribution and delivery services. It transmits nearly 2,000 television channels worldwide and, as such, is the leading carrier of standard and high-definition signals. In total, the Company’s in-orbit fleet is capable of reaching over 98% of the world’s population through cable television systems, broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home operators, Internet service providers and telecommunications companies. In addition, PanAmSat supports the largest concentration of satellite-based business networks in the U.S., as well as specialized communications services in remote areas throughout the world. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at http://www.panamsat.com.
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