LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Uniti Group Inc. (“Uniti”) (Nasdaq: UNIT) commented today on the commencement of voluntary reorganization proceedings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code by Windstream Holdings, Inc. and all of its subsidiaries (“Windstream”) in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Windstream is Uniti’s largest customer and tenant under a master lease agreement. In a press release issued February 25, 2019, Windstream indicated it has secured $1 billion of debtor-in-possession financing, expects to continue operating in the normal course of business, and intends to pay vendors in full for all goods received and services provided to Windstream after the filing date.
Kenny Gunderman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uniti, commented, “We continue to closely monitor Windstream’s situation, and believe it will successfully navigate through the reorganization process. We were pleased to see Windstream state its intent to continue operations in the ordinary course and pay in full its service providers. We are also encouraged by the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) recent statement regarding the importance of Windstream’s continued service to its customers, and the FCC’s focus on the importance that federal funds provided to Windstream are put to their appropriate use. We believe access by Windstream to Uniti’s network remains critical to Windstream’s operations and ability to serve those customers.”
Mr. Gunderman continued, “Uniti remains focused on the operations of each of our business segments and serving the interests of our stockholders, our employees, our customers, and our other partners.”
Uniti, an internally managed real estate investment trust, is engaged in the acquisition and construction of mission critical communications infrastructure, and is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure solutions for the communications industry. As of September 30, 2018, Uniti owns 5.4 million fiber strand miles, approximately 850 wireless towers, and other communications real estate throughout the United States and Latin America. Additional information about Uniti can be found on its website at www.uniti.com.
Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended from time to time. Those forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements of fact, including, without limitation, those regarding the unfavorable court ruling against Windstream and subsequent commencement of voluntary reorganization proceedings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
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Uniti expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any of the forward-looking statements set forth in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
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