United Rentals Increases Asset Securitization Facility and Announces Additional $12.7 Million Redemption of Convertible Preferred Securities
Greenwich, CT - Oct 25, 2006
United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) announced today that it has amended its existing accounts receivable securitization facility to increase the facility size to $300 million from $200 million and reduce borrowing costs under the facility. In addition, the maturity date for the facility has been extended to October 2011 from May 2009. Borrowings under the amended facility will continue to be reflected as debt on the company's consolidated balance sheets. At September 30, 2006, the company had drawn $200 million under the facility.
The company also announced the redemption, effective November 30, 2006, of an additional $12.7 million of its 6½% Convertible Quarterly Income Preferred Securities ("QUIPS"). The redemption price of 101.3%, together with accrued and unpaid dividends up to, but excluding, the November 30, 2006, redemption date, will be made to registered holders of the QUIPS as of the record date of November 15, 2006. The QUIPS, $159 million of which were outstanding as of September 30, 2006, were issued in August 1998 by United Rentals Trust I. The company previously redeemed $63 million of the QUIPS last month.
Martin E. Welch, executive vice president and chief financial officer for United Rentals, said, "We are taking advantage of our strong free cash flow to reduce interest expense and strengthen our balance sheet. This most recent redemption of our QUIPS, along with the earlier $63 million redemption, the $400 million reduction in our term loan completed last month and the $44 million buy-out of equipment under operating leases in the second quarter represent effective uses of our cash. The QUIPS redemptions will reduce our diluted share count and be accretive in 2007."
A notice of redemption is being sent by the trustee to the registered holders of the QUIPS. Because only a portion of the QUIPS is being redeemed, the trustee will select the QUIPS to be redeemed in accordance with the rules of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, and no action by holders of QUIPS is required to effect the redemption. Copies of the notice of redemption, which more fully describe the redemption process and rights of holders, may be obtained from The Bank of New York, the paying agent for the QUIPS, by calling Bondholder Relations at 1-800-254-2826. The address for The Bank of New York is:
111 Sanders Creek Parkway
East Syracuse, New York 13057
Attention: Corporate Trust Operations
The CUSIP numbers for the QUIPS are 91136H306 and 91136H207.
About United Rentals
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of more than 760 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 14,000 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 20,000 classes of rental equipment with a total original cost of $4.2 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.
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VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.