Filed by Verizon Communications Inc.
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: MCI, Inc.
Commission File No.: 001-10415
Verizon calls for vote of MCI shareholders
Verizon raises its bid
Verizon bows out with break-up fee
But please excuse the fact Im not going to produce any new information at this point but I dont think well disclose publicly until were ready to take the next step.
As you know, the saga says we made a strategic deal with MCI.
We believe its a reasonably good asset.
It has a good customer base.
Does require some investment in its network and system.
We think we will be a very good partner for them.
On the other hand, of course, weve indicated we need to be prudent and smart about what we pay for the asset to make sure we do create value long term.
Qwest has come over the top and tried to make a bid for MCI.
Last week, the MCI board decided that their bid of $30 was higher than our bid of $23.10.
That shouldnt be a surprise to anybody.
30 is higher than 23.
Our view is that 30 is based on a set of premises thats different than the premises that our 23.10 is based on and now we have the end of the week, until Friday night at some point, to look at a bunch of scenarios we might have that you see posted on the chart.
We do have the right to call for a vote.
We do have the ability to raise our bid if we choose to, and we do have the capacity to bow out if we would like to do that and get a breakup fee.
Most of you would say, gee that covers the waterfront.
To be honest, we are looking at all options.
All I ask you to do is be patient, follow the drama like everybody else.
Well communicate and get the necessary information out to everybody else.
Question: Is the impending merger I guess thats the MCI a key factor in driving our stock down? Is it because investors are afraid we wont make the deal and be trumped by SBC or is it afraid well make the deal and pay too much for a dying business?
Well, I think its all of the above. I think different groups of investors all have different concerns. If I had to summarize all of this, it was just really an issue of uncertainty. When there is uncertainty around the company, whether its because they think youre going to win or because they think youre not going to win, they think youre going to pay too much, theyre worried about what SBC is going to do, all this is uncertainty. Over the course of the next couple of months, as we clarify this, remove the cloud and articulate clearly where the company is in all these things, whether we move forward with MCI or not, I think well be able to eliminate some of that uncertainty, and I feel comfortable that well be able to win the day, so to speak with our investors. Again, lets remember, our first quarter results really are the proof of the pudding.
Question: Why dont we buy Qwest and MCI?
Well, we think we have an interest in MCI, as Ive said. In Qwests case, as some of you might know, even though we could afford it, the fact is, its a small company that serves very rural states for the most part and has a lot of debt. So theyre not a strong company, as we would understand it. And so they dont add a lot or would not add a lot to our business. So our focus is really its on MCI.
In connection with the proposed acquisition of MCI, Verizon filed, with the SEC on April 12, 2005, a proxy statement and prospectus on Form S-4 that contain important information about the proposed acquisition. These materials are not yet final and will be amended. Investors are urged to read the proxy statement and prospectus filed, and any other relevant materials filed by Verizon or MCI because they contain, or will contain, important information about Verizon, MCI and the proposed acquisition. The preliminary materials filed on April 12, 2005, the definitive versions of these materials and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed by Verizon or MCI with the SEC, may be obtained for free at the SECs website at www.sec.gov. Investors may also obtain free copies of these documents at www.verizon.com/investor, or by request to Verizon Communications Inc., Investor Relations, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Free copies
of MCIs filings are available at www.mci.com/about/investor_relations, or by request to MCI, Inc., Investor Relations, 22001 Loudoun County Parkway, Ashburn, VA 20147. Investors are urged to read the proxy statement and prospectus and the other relevant materials when such other materials become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed acquisition.
Verizon, MCI, and their respective directors, executive officers, and other employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from MCI shareowners with respect to the proposed transaction. Information about Verizons directors and executive officers is available in Verizons proxy statement for its 2005 annual meeting of shareholders, dated March 21, 2005. Information about MCIs directors and executive officers is available in MCIs proxy statement for its 2005 annual meeting of stockholders, dated April 20, 2005. Additional information about the interests of potential participants will be included in the registration statement and proxy statement and other materials filed with the SEC.
NOTE: This document contains statements about expected future events and financial results that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following important factors could affect future results and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements: a significant change in the timing of, or the imposition of any government conditions to, the closing of the transaction, if consummated; actual and contingent liabilities; and the extent and timing of our ability to obtain revenue enhancements and cost savings following the transaction. Additional factors that may affect the future results of Verizon and MCI are set forth in their respective filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.verizon.com/investor/ and www.mci.com/about/investor_relations/sec/.