New York, NY - February 29, 2012 - The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE: IPG) today announced that it has launched and priced an offering of $250 million principal amount of its 4.00% Senior Notes due 2022. The expected net proceeds will be approximately $244.3 million after deducting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses.
Interpublic intends to use the net proceeds from the offering towards the redemption of its outstanding $400 million 4.25% convertible senior notes due 2023, which it has announced it will redeem in full on March 26, 2012. Holders of the convertible notes have the right to convert their notes into shares prior to the redemption date. If conversions of the convertible notes result in an aggregate redemption amount that is less than the net proceeds, Interpublic will apply the balance of the net proceeds towards its share repurchase program and for general corporate purposes.
"We are pleased with this strong reception by the credit market," said Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic Group. "The combination of this new issue and the call of our $400 million 4.25% convertible notes will both improve our debt profile and reduce cash interest expense for our company. In making these moves, we will also eliminate the share dilution due to the convertible feature of the notes."
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Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Draftfcb, FutureBrand, GolinHarris International, HUGE, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe and Partners, MAGNAGLOBAL, McCann Erickson, Momentum, MRM Worldwide, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Campbell Ewald; Campbell Mithun; Carmichael Lynch; Deutsch, a Lowe and Partners Company; Gotham Inc.; Hill Holliday; ID Media; Mullen and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit www.interpublic.com.
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· our ability to retain and attract key employees;
· risks associated with assumptions we make in connection with our critical accounting estimates, including changes in assumptions associated with any effects of a weakened economy;
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· developments from changes in the regulatory and legal environment for advertising and marketing and communications services companies around the world.
Investors should carefully consider these factors and the additional risk factors outlined in more detail under Item 1A, Risk Factors, in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other SEC filings.