Time Inc. Using Spin-Off Debt to Buy IPC Media
$1.4 billion will be raised through unsecured senior note offering.
Time Warner officially announced that it’s spinning Time Inc. off with $1.4 billion in debt, adding that the financing will be used to purchase Time Inc.’s U.K. operation, IPC Media.
The debt will be raised through an offering of unsecured senior notes and Time Inc. will enter into a secured loan facility, according to a statement.
Whatever remains of the debt facility after buying IPC will be used to pay a cash dividend back to Time Warner.
Time Warner’s chief financial officer Howard Averill first revealed a $1.3 billion debt load attached to the Time Inc. spin-off in early February during TW’s fourth quarter earnings call.
Time Warner bought IPC Media, which publishes brands such as Woman’s Weekly, NME and InStyle, in 2001 for about $1.7 billion.
The spinoff is on track to happen by the end of the second quarter.