Mitel Receives Best Financial Deal of the Year Award

OTTAWA, Ontario – April 4, 2008
Mitel Receives Best Financial Deal of the Year Award

Mitel Receives Best Financial Deal of the Year Award

OCRI Recognizes Mitel for Acquisition of Inter-Tel in 2007


“We are honoured to receive this award that recognizes the important historic and now expanded presence of Mitel in the Ottawa technology community,” said Steve Spooner, Mitel’s chief financial officer. “This award recognizes that we completed our merger with Inter-Tel during one of the worst market conditions to raise debt in two decades, as well as Mitel’s ability to attract top-flight investors and partners to close one of Ottawa’s biggest technology financing deals in over a decade. Post-merger, Mitel has positioned itself to provide superior service and communications solutions to our growing customer base and take on the competition in all markets.”

The transaction was funded by a combination of debt and equity. The debt funding, consisting of $460 million senior secured credit facilities, was arranged by Morgan Stanley on behalf of Mitel. The remaining $294.5 million cash equity contribution was facilitated by Francisco Partners, one of the largest technology-focused investment firms, with participation by Morgan Stanley Private Equity.

Co-founded in 1973 by Terence Matthews, the new Mitel now has a worldwide employee base of approximately 3,100 employees in over 90 countries through a network of over 100 direct offices and over 1,500 value-added resellers and partners. Mitel introduced the first private branch exchange in 1978 and has continued to bring the same spirit of innovation to IP communications for small, medium, and large enterprises worldwide. In addition to Mitel’s global headquarters and enterprise R&D operations in Ottawa, Inter-Tel’s Arizona headquarters has been retained as the center of operations for the combined U.S. business and serves as an important center of R&D excellence for small and medium business solutions.

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About Mitel

Mitel delivers flexibility and simplicity in smart unified communications solutions and applications for organizations of all sizes. Mitel is reinventing how successful organizations gain competitive advantage by easily collaborating and communicating over distance and time with customers, colleagues and partners. Mitel’s ( Global headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada, with 100 direct offices and 1,500 partners and resellers worldwide.