Dish Files For $1B Debt Offering


Dish Files For $1B Debt Offering
Proceeds for General Corporate Purposes
By Mike Farrell
Fresh off a better than expected second quarter in terms of basic subscriber growth, Dish Network is making moves to tap the debt markets, filing for a $1 billion offering of debt securities on Wednesday.
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Aug, 12, Dish said it would offer the securities in a private placement through a subsidiary, Dish DBS Corp. The proceeds of the offering would be used for general corporate purposes.
Dish surprised may analysts by adding 26,000 net new subscribers in the second quarter - consensus was for a loss of 131,000 customers - but lagged in other metrics. For example, revenue for the company was down 0.4% and operating income plunged 57% in the period. The satellite giant's stock rose sharply after reporting results on Aug, 10 (it finished the day up 88 cents, or 5% to $19.30 per share) , but gave back most of the gain the next day, closing at $18.53 each, down 78 cents per share. The decline continued on Wednesday, with the stock down 22 cents each (1%) to $18.31 in early trading.