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Mitel Receives US$55 Million Investment to Accelerate Growth

  • 17 May, 2005 09:09

<p>Sydney Australia, May 17th 2005 – Mitel, a leading provider of IP communications solutions, today announced that it has secured a US$55 million investment from a group of US based institutional investors. The investment round was in the form of convertible debt financing over a five-year term. JPMorgan acted as the sole agent on the transaction. Mitel will use the funds as working capital to support the ongoing sales growth of its comprehensive portfolio of IP Telephony Solutions.</p>
<p>“We are delighted with this strong endorsement from the investment community, and it represents one of the largest communications technology financing transactions in recent years,” said Steve Spooner, Chief Financial Officer, Mitel.</p>
<p>“To secure a private financing round of this size is an attractive deal for Mitel shareholders. This cash injection provides Mitel the balance sheet strength to better compete and continue its growth in the IP Telephony market, a market which is predicted to exceed U.S.$10 billion by 2009.”</p>
<p>Mitel leverages the power of broadband networks and the Internet Protocol (IP), to deliver a range of solutions that address the complete communications requirements of businesses today. Mitel’s portfolio includes IP Telephony, Mobility, Conferencing and Collaboration, Messaging and Contact Center solutions enabling businesses to save money while increasing operational efficiencies and employee productivity and by providing opportunities for improving customer loyalty and retention, and driving new revenue streams.</p>
<p>Forward Looking Statement.
Any statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those the Company anticipates. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the reports and documents the Company files from time to time with the SEC. The Company is under no obligation to publicly update or alter its forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>About Mitel
Mitel is a market leader for voice, video, and data convergence over broadband networks. With a focus on the user experience, the company delivers advanced communications solutions that are easily customized for individual business needs. Through intuitive desktop appliances and applications, businesses are provided with innovative ways to manage information and resources. Vertical markets benefit from integrated solutions that protect existing investments, while enabling new ways to be more cost effective and productive. Mitel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide. For more information please visit www.mitel.com</p>
<p>Media contact
Sebastian Rice
Silverspan
02 9959 1991 seb@silverspan.com</p>

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