Cincinnati Bell Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Acquisit

|May 7|magazine13 min read

CINCINNATI, May 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) ("Cincinnati Bell"), today announced its shareholders approved all proposals related to its agreement to be acquired by a controlled subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners ("MIP").

At a virtual special meeting held today, the proposal to adopt the merger agreement was approved by more than two-thirds (or 75.35%) of shares outstanding, and more than 99% of the votes cast. The nonbinding, advisory proposal to approve the compensation that may be paid or become payable to Cincinnati Bell's named executive officers in connection with, or following, the consummation of the merger was approved by more than 97% of votes cast. The report of voting results will be made available under the Company's profile on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Lynn A. Wentworth, Chairman of the Cincinnati Bell Board of Directors, said, "Today's favorable vote supports our view that the acquisition by MIP is in the best interest of our shareholders and our company, and represents maximum value. We look forward to completing the remaining necessary conditions to finalize this transaction."

Upon the closing of the transaction, each issued and outstanding share of Cincinnati Bell common stock will be converted into the right to receive $15.50 in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion, including debt. The transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2021. The terms and conditions of the transaction are further described in an 8-K Cincinnati Bell filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on March 13, 2020 and the Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the SEC on March 25, 2020 (the "Proxy Statement").

About Cincinnati Bell Inc.

With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) delivers integrated communications solutions to residential and business customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks including high-speed internet, video, voice and data. Cincinnati Bell provides service in areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Hawaii. In addition, enterprise customers across the United States and Canada rely on CBTS and OnX, wholly owned subsidiaries, for efficient, scalable office communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions. For more information, please visit www.cincinnatibell.com. The information on Cincinnati Bell's website is not incorporated by reference in this press release. 

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