Disney Raises $6 Billion in Debt Offering

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek

In the filing, the company says it intends "to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of indebtedness (including commercial paper)."

The Walt Disney Company has raised $6 billion in a new debt offering. The company disclosed the figure in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

The company registered five different notes, set to mature between 2025 and 2050, with values of between $500 million and $1.75 billion, and interest rates between 3.35 percent and 4.7 percent.

In the filing, the company says it intends “to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of indebtedness (including commercial paper).” In other words, it may use the new offering to pay down other debt obligations. The company had long-term debt totaling more than $38 billion at the end of its last fiscal year.

The company signaled its intent to raise fresh cash in a filing with the SEC on Thursday. It also released a note to investors warning about the impact the novel coronavirus is having on its business, including disruptions to its sports and creative content, the closure of its theme parks, and lower advertising sales.

"We have closed our theme parks; suspended our cruises and theatrical shows; delayed theatrical distribution of films both domestically and internationally; and experienced supply chain disruption and ad sales impacts," the company wrote in the note. "In addition there has been a disruption in creation and availability of content we rely on for our various distribution paths, including most significantly the cancellation of certain sports events and the shutting down of production of most film and television content."

Disney is one of a number of large companies turning to the debt market in recent weeks. Coca-Cola, Exxon, Pepsi and Verizon have all sold debt offerings.