TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., parent company of XM Canada ("CSR" or the "Company") (TSX: XSR), repurchased US$9.0 million of its outstanding high yield debt for US$3.2 million ($0.35 on the dollar).
"This is in keeping with our primary objective of reducing costs and delivering long-term profitability for our shareholders," said Michael Washinushi, Chief Financial Officer of XM Canada. "The repurchase will reduce our long term debt, lead to a savings of US$1.1 million per year in debt servicing, strengthen our balance sheet and improve our overall financial picture."
The repurchased debt was part of a US$100.0 million aggregate principal amount of 12.75 per cent senior notes due in 2014. The repurchase was completed with approximately US$1.1 million cash and US$2.1 million in new notes, maturing in 2014 with an interest rate of 18 per cent payable upon maturity. XM Canada has now purchased over US$30 million of 12.75 per cent senior notes, including the previously repurchased debt of approximately US$21.2 million on April 14, 2009.
About Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.
Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as XM Canada and is Canada's premium digital audio entertainment and information company with the best signal coverage across the country. With 130 digital channels of choice, XM Canada offers Canadian listeners the most unique and original Canadian and international programming, including commercial-free music channels, exclusive live concerts and sports coverage, and the best in talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming. A free seven-day trial of XM Radio Online is available at http://www.xmradio.ca/freetrial/. Visit www.xmradio.ca for programming and subscription information.
XM Canada is the satellite entertainment leader in the Canadian automotive market with long-term factory installation agreements with manufacturers that own close to 60 per cent share of the domestic vehicle market. XM's industry-leading products are available at shop.xmradio.ca, and at retailers nationwide.
XM programming is available by subscribing directly through XM Canada and is also available as streams of commercial-free XM music channels on TELUS Mobile Radio and Rogers Wireless Radio on Demand. XM Canada is the exclusive music channel provider on Air Canada's flights and is available in select Avis Budget Group rental vehicles.
To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR), visit our website at www.xmradio.ca/about/.
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