Waste Management Announces Pricing of $500 Million Senior Notes
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America.
Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 2.60% senior notes due September 1, 2016 under an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Waste Management Holdings, Inc. The notes have been assigned ratings of BBB by both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch and Baa3 by Moody’s.
The offering is expected to close on August 29, 2011. The Company plans to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay in full the outstanding borrowings under the Company’s $2.0 billion revolving credit facility, which totaled approximately $100 million as of August 23, 2011. All remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including additions to working capital, capital expenditures and the funding of potential share repurchases and acquisitions and investments in businesses.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC acted as joint book-running managers of the offering. In addition, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, Comerica Securities, Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., Mizuho Securities USA Inc., and SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited acted as co-managers of the offering. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and related prospectus for this offering may be obtained by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov or, upon request, from any of the joint book-running managers at: Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC at One Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10010, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by calling toll free at 1-800-221-1037; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at 383 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10179, Attention: Syndicate Desk, or by calling toll free at 1-800-261-5767; or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC at 1525 West W.T. Harris Blvd., MAC D1109-010, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262, Attention: Syndicate Operations, or by calling toll free at 1-800-326-5897.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the notes described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these notes in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The notes will be offered only by means of a prospectus, including the prospectus supplement relating to the notes, meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
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