Hartford, Conn., Feb. 24, 2016 – The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (“Phoenix” or the “company”) (NYSE:PNX) today announced that it has further extended the expiration date of its previously announced solicitation of bondholders holding its 7.45% Quarterly Interest Bonds due 2032 (CUSIP 71902E 20 8) (NYSE:PFX) to amend the indenture governing the bonds.
The company also filed a Current Report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) disclosing that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the settlement of certain litigation relating to the consent solicitation.
As previously announced on Feb. 10, 2016, the solicitation’s expiration was extended to Feb. 29, 2016 after Phoenix became aware of a lawsuit brought against it relating to the solicitation. As of the original expiration time on Feb. 9, 2016, the company had received consents representing significantly more than a majority in principal amount of the outstanding bonds.
The extended expiration date is 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 4, 2016. Only bondholders of record as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Jan. 6, 2016 may provide consents.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, Phoenix will supplement the Consent Solicitation Statement to provide additional disclosures relating to the solicitation and more detail on how bondholders and other designated parties can access financial statements and other information after the company is no longer required to file reports with the SEC.
The extension of the solicitation will allow bondholders time to review the supplement to the Consent Solicitation Statement, which is furnished with the Form 8-K filed by the company today and is available in the Investor Relations section of Phoenix’s website.
Phoenix believes that the lawsuit is without merit and that no additional or amended disclosure is required under applicable laws. The company agreed to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding to eliminate the burden, expense and uncertainties inherent in such litigation. Completion of the consent solicitation is not a condition to closing the previously announced merger between Phoenix and Nassau Reinsurance Group Holdings, L.P. in which Phoenix will become a privately held, wholly owned subsidiary of Nassau.
This announcement is not a solicitation of consents with respect to the bonds. The consent solicitation is being made solely by the Consent Solicitation Statement, as may be amended and supplemented.
The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE:PNX) helps financial professionals provide solutions, including income strategies and insurance protection, to families and individuals planning for or living in retirement. Founded as a life insurance company in 1851, Phoenix offers products and services designed to meet financial needs in the middle income and mass affluent markets. Its distribution subsidiary, Saybrus Partners, Inc., offers solutions-based sales support to financial professionals and represents Phoenix’s products among key distributors, including independent marketing organizations and brokerage general agencies. Phoenix is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, and has two insurance company operating subsidiaries: Phoenix Life Insurance Company, which has its statutory home office in East Greenbush, New York, and PHL Variable Insurance Company, which has its statutory home office in Hartford, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.phoenixwm.com.
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