Globalstar's Failure to Repay Loan Triggers Lockheed Martin Guarantee Under Bank Credit Agreement
BETHESDA, MD, 30-JUN-00 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) disclosed that The Chase Manhattan Bank notified the Corporation on Friday, June 30, 2000 that Globalstar Telecommunications (Nasdaq:GSTRF) failed to repay borrowings of $250 million under a revolving credit agreement on which Lockheed Martin is a partial guarantor. It is Lockheed Martin's understanding that Globalstar drew under this facility earlier this month. In fulfillment of its contractual obligations under the guarantee, the Corporation has paid $207 million, including applicable interest and fees to the bank. Lockheed Martin is entitled to repayment by Globalstar of the amounts paid under the guarantee and has not yet reached agreement with respect to the form and timing of repayment.
Loral Space & Communications (NYSE:LOR) has paid $57 million to Lockheed Martin. That payment is based on a separate indemnification agreement made by Loral to Lockheed Martin.
The Corporation is not changing its previous estimate of generating at least $500 million in free cash for the year 2000. The Corporation also affirms its previous year 2000 earnings estimate, excluding nonrecurring and unusual items, of $1.05 per share. The Corporation is evaluating the need for any pretax, nonrecurring charge against earnings in the 2nd quarter 2000.
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