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Avaya Takes Action to Accelerate Transformation and Fortify Capital Structure

Secures Approximately $780 Million in Committed Financing; New Capital Will Accelerate Investment in Avaya’s Leading Cloud Communications Portfolio 

Enters Agreement to Eliminate More Than 75% of Debt and Substantially Increase Cash and Liquidity

Initiates Expedited, Prepackaged Financial Restructuring via Chapter 11 with Overwhelming Support of Financial Stakeholders 

Expects to Complete Process in 60 to 90 Days; Paying Vendors and Suppliers in Full and 
Paying Employees as Usual 

Extends and Expands Strategic Partnership with RingCentral to Build on Success of Avaya Cloud Office® by RingCentral 

Morristown, NJ – February 14, 2023 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) (“Avaya” or the “Company”), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, today announced that it has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (the “Financial Restructuring”) with overwhelming support of more than 90% of the Company’s secured lenders (the “Investor Group”). Implementing the Financial Restructuring will accelerate Avaya’s ongoing business transformation, significantly enhance its ability to invest in its innovative cloud-based communications portfolio and position the Company for long-term success.

Completing the Financial Restructuring will reduce the Company’s total debt by more than 75%, from approximately $3.4 billion today to approximately $800 million. Additionally, it will substantially increase Avaya’s cash and strengthen its liquidity position, resulting in an expected emergence balance sheet with less than 1x net leverage. Due to the overwhelming support of its financial stakeholders, the Company expects to implement the Financial Restructuring on an expedited basis and complete this comprehensive balance sheet de-leveraging within 60 to 90 days. These actions will not impact the Company’s customers, channel and strategic partners, suppliers, vendors or employees.

Alan Masarek, Avaya’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “I joined Avaya to help unlock the power of its iconic brand, global customer footprint, massive partner ecosystem, large-scale communications deployments and outstanding team. Building on this tremendous foundation, we have made significant progress pioneering an ambitious business model transformation, establishing a competitive product strategy for our subscription and cloud-delivered services and implementing operational efficiencies to better serve the Avaya ecosystem. Strengthening Avaya’s capital structure is a critical step to fully realize our transformation, and we are excited to move ahead as a well-capitalized company with one of the strongest balance sheets in our industry that includes substantial cash to invest in our own success.”

With substantially improved financial flexibility, the Company will accelerate its investment in innovative communications products, solutions and services for customers, including the Avaya Experience Platform, its cloud-based Contact Center offering.

Mr. Masarek continued, “We appreciate the strong support from our investors, who recognize the incredible value in Avaya’s business, brand and opportunities ahead. I also thank our customers and partners for their continued trust, as well as Avaya’s team members for their unwavering focus on providing exceptional service and support to those we serve. With this additional financial strength, we will be ideally positioned to accelerate innovation and advance our cutting-edge, long-range product roadmaps for the benefit of our customers.”

To efficiently implement the Financial Restructuring, Avaya and all of its U.S. subsidiaries today filed voluntary prepackaged Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. During this process, Avaya will continue serving its customers and partners without interruption and providing them with outstanding communications solutions, service and support as usual.

The Company has received commitments for $628 million in debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing, including a $500 million new-money term loan from the Investor Group led by Apollo Global Management, Inc. and Brigade Capital Management, LP, among others, and a $128 million ABL facility from a bank syndicate led by Citi. Upon Avaya’s emergence from the court-supervised process, the $500 million new-money term loan and $128 million ABL facility will roll into exit facilities. Additionally, as part of the Financial Restructuring, certain members of the Investor Group have committed to provide $150 million