August 26, 2002 — Telecommunications and information services company Level 3 Communications Inc. (Level3.com) said on Friday that it has amended a $1.775 credit facility in order to preserve cash while giving the company more flexibility in running its business.
Last month, the company sold $500 million in convertible bonds to a group of investors including Warren Buffet and made a $1.1 billion offer to buy Williams Communications Group.
Level 3 said the changes to the credit facility will cut its size by 8 percent to $1.625 billion. The company cut an undrawn revolving credit line from $650 million to $500 million and maintained a $1.125 billion term loan.
The company says the changes increase Level 3?s ability to pay cash for purchases, removing two revenue-based financial covenants and modifying one cash-flow based covenant.
Level 3 said it had agreed to boost annual borrowing costs by 0.5 percentage points, offered more collateral, added restrictions to the credit line and would maintain a minimum cash balance of $525 million.