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McGraw-Hill Education Announces Tender Offer for 8.500% / 9.250% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2019 and Related Consent Solicitation

McGraw-Hill Education Announces Tender Offer for 8.500% / 9.250% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2019 and Related Consent Solicitation

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NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — McGraw-Hill Education, Inc. (“McGraw-Hill”) announced today that two of its wholly owned subsidiaries, MHGE Parent, LLC (“MHGE Parent”) and MHGE Parent Finance, Inc. (together with MHGE Parent, the “Issuers”), have launched a cash tender offer to purchase any and all of their outstanding $443,621,000 aggregate principal amount of 8.500% / 9.250% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2019 (the “Notes”). In connection with the tender offer, the Issuers are also soliciting consents from holders of the Notes to certain amendments to the indenture governing the Notes (the “Indenture”) to, among other things, eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants contained therein.

The Notes and other information relative to the Issuers’ tender offer and consent solicitation are set forth in the table below.


Notes

CUSIP
Number(s)

Aggregate
Principal Amount
Outstanding

Tender Offer
Consideration(1)

Consent
Payment(1)

Total
Consideration(1)(2)


8.500% / 9.250%
Senior PIK Toggle
Notes due 2019

55303M AA7
U59295 AA0
U59295 AB8

$443,621,000

$972.75

$30.00

$1,002.75

__________________

(1)

Per $1,000 principal amount of Notes excluding accrued and unpaid interest thereon, which interest will be paid in addition to the tender offer consideration or the total consideration, as applicable.

(2)

Includes the tender offer consideration and the consent payment.

Each holder who validly tenders its Notes and delivers its consent to the proposed amendments prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 12, 2017, unless such time is extended by the Issuers (the “Early Tender Time”), will receive, if such Notes are accepted for purchase pursuant to the tender offer, the total consideration of $1,002.75 per $1,000 principal amount of the Notes tendered, which includes $972.75 as the tender offer consideration and $30.00 as a consent payment. In addition, accrued interest up to, but not including, the applicable payment date of the Notes will be paid in cash on all validly tendered and accepted Notes.

The tender offer is scheduled to expire at midnight, New York City time, at the end of December 27, 2017, unless extended or earlier terminated (the “Expiration Date”). Holders who validly tender their Notes after the Early Tender Time but on or prior to the Expiration Date will receive the tender offer consideration of $972.75 per $1,000 principal amount of the Notes, plus any accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes up to, but not including, the payment date, but will not receive the consent payment.

In connection with the tender offer, the Issuers are soliciting consents to amend the Indenture to, among other things, eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants, certain events of default and certain other provisions contained in therein.

Tendered Notes may be withdrawn at any time prior to 5:00 pm, New York City time, on December 12, 2017, but not thereafter, except to the extent that the Issuers are required by law to provide additional withdrawal rights (such time, as the same may be extended, the “Withdrawal Deadline”). Subject to the terms and conditions described below, payment of the total consideration or tender offer consideration, as applicable, is expected to occur promptly after the Early Tender Time but prior to the Expiration Date or promptly after the Expiration Date, as applicable. The Issuers expect that such payment of the total consideration will be made on or about December 13, 2017, unless extended by the Issuers in their sole discretion. The Issuers expect that the payment of the tender offer consideration with respect to Notes tendered after the Early Tender Time will be made on or about December 28, 2017, unless extended by the Issuers in their sole discretion. In addition, at any time after the Early Tender Time but prior to the Expiration Date, and subject to the terms and conditions described below, the Issuers may accept for purchase Notes validly tendered on or prior to such time and purchase such Notes for the tender offer consideration or total consideration, as applicable, promptly thereafter.

The tender offer and consent solicitation are conditioned upon, among other things, MHGE Parent and/or one or more of its affiliates having completed one or more debt financings on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Issuers yielding sufficient net cash proceeds, when taken together with cash on hand, to pay the total consideration to purchase all of the Notes (the “Financing Condition”). For more information regarding the transactions described above, please refer to the Offer Documents (as defined below).

If any of the conditions are not satisfied, the Issuers may terminate the tender offer and consent solicitation and return tendered Notes. The Issuers have the right to waive any of the foregoing conditions with respect to the Notes and to consummate the tender offer and consent solicitation. In addition, the Issuers have the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate the tender offer and consent solicitation at any time, subject to applicable law. On November 29, 2017, the Issuers’ delivered a conditional notice of redemption with a redemption date of December 29, 2017 for any and all notes outstanding as of the redemption date. The redemption is conditioned upon the consummation of the Financing Condition described above. It is the Issuers’ current intention to redeem any Notes that are not tendered pursuant to the tender offer assuming the Financing Condition is satisfied.

This announcement shall not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The complete terms and conditions of the tender offer for the Notes are set forth in an Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated November 29, 2017 and the related Consent and Letter of Transmittal (together, the “Offer Documents”) that are being sent to holders of the Notes. The Issuers’ tender offer and consent solicitation are being made only through, and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in, the Offer Documents and related materials.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC will act as Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent for the tender offer and consent solicitation for the Notes. Questions regarding the Issuers’ tender offer and consent solicitation may be directed to Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC at (212) 538-2147 or toll free at (800) 820-1653.

D.F. King & Co., Inc. will act as the Information Agent for the Issuers’ tender offer and consent solicitation. Requests for the Offer Documents may be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (212) 269-5552 (for brokers and banks) or (866) 745-0270 (for all others).

None of McGraw-Hill or the Issuers or any other person makes any recommendation as to whether holders of Notes should tender their Notes, and no one has been authorized to make such a recommendation. Holders of Notes must make their own decisions as to whether to tender their Notes, and if they decide to do so, the principal amount of the Notes to tender. Holders of the Notes should read carefully the Offer Documents and related materials before any decision is made.

About McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators, and professionals drive results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this release may involve outlook, expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions, strategies or other statements regarding the future, which are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to us as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. The statements in this release are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results could differ materially from current expectations. Numerous factors could cause or contribute to such differences. Please refer to “Risk Factors” and “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in McGraw-Hill’s annual report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 for a further discussion of the factors and risks associated with the business.

Contacts

Investors:
David Kraut
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasurer
McGraw-Hill Education
(646) 766-2060
david.kraut@mheducation.com

Media:
Catherine Mathis
Senior Vice President, Communications
McGraw-Hill Education
(646) 766-2468
catherine.mathis@mheducation.com

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