Disney Selling Bonds to Pay Down Fox Acquisition Debt

When the Walt Disney Co. acquired 20th Century Fox Film for $71 billion, it also assumed more than $13 billion of Fox’s outstanding debt.

Despite ongoing downsizing at Fox Studios and selloff of Fox’s regional sports TV networks, Disney Sept. 3 announced the commencement of an offering of one or more series of senior unsecured notes and fixed rate senior unsecured notes pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The new bonds are guaranteed by TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp., a subsidiary of Disney. 

Disney said it intends to use the net proceeds from the bond offering pay down previously existing notes related to the Fox acquisition, in addition to prepaying in full the aggregate principal amount outstanding under a “364-Day Credit Agreement,” dated as of March 15, 2019, which lists Disney as the borrower.

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