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Intelsat and OneWeb to merge, SoftBank to invest $1.7 billion

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Intelsat and OneWeb entered into a definitive combination agreement pursuant to which Intelsat and OneWeb will merge in a share-for-share transaction.

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Intelsat and SoftBank Group also entered into a definitive share purchase agreement pursuant to which SoftBank will invest $1.7 billion in newly issued common and preferred shares of the combined company.

Both the merger and the SoftBank investment are subject to, among other conditions, successful completion of debt exchange offers to certain existing Intelsat bondholders as well as receipt of certain regulatory approvals.

The complementary strengths of Intelsat and OneWeb, combined with the investment by SoftBank, are intended to create a financially stronger company with the flexibility to aggressively pursue new growth opportunities resulting from the explosion in demand for broadband connectivity for people and devices everywhere.

The debt exchange offers, together with the proceeds of the SoftBank investment, are intended to reduce Intelsat's debt by approximately $3.6 billion, assuming the minimum level of participation in the debt exchange offers is achieved.

Either party can terminate the agreement and SoftBank can terminate its investment if the debt exchange offers have not been successfully completed within 90 days of the date of the agreement.

It is expected that, upon the admission of third party limited partners to the SoftBank Vision Fund, and subject to receipt of all applicable regulatory approvals, in accordance with SoftBank Vision Fund agreements, SoftBank's investment position related to the combined company will be offered to the SoftBank Vision Fund for the purpose of transferring SoftBank's shares to the SoftBank Vision Fund.

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