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Lance J.M. Steinhart, P.e.
Attorney At Law
1720 Windward Concourse
Suite 115
Alpharetta, Georgia 30005
Also Admitted in New York
and Maryland

Telephone: (770) 232-9200
Facsimile: (770) 232-9208
Email: lsteinhart@telecomcounsel.com

December 17,2010

VIA E-DOCKET
Ms. Patty VanGerpen
Executive Director
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
(605) 773-3201
Re:

Global Tel'Link Corporation
Financing Transactions

Dear Ms. VanGerpen:

Please be advised that Global Tel*Link Corporation ("GTL") will be participating in certain debt
issuance financing arrangements. Specifically, GTL seeks approval to act as a borrower on certain
secured credit facilities (the "Transactions"), which will include GTL granting a security interest in
substantially all of its assets.
In connection therewith, we provide the following information:

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
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December 17,2010

I.

The Parties

A.

Global Tel*Link Corporation

GTL is a privately-held Delaware corporation whose principal offices are located at 2609
Cameron Street, Mobile, Alabama 36607. GTL is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary ofGTEL Holdings,
Inc. GTL is engaged in the business of providing managed telecommunications services to imnates of
state and county departments of corrections and in owning and operating prison payphones and public
payphones. These services enable inmates to communicate with friends, family members, legal counsel
and other approved parties outside the correctional facilities. GTL provides these services throughout
most ofthe continental United States. GTL currently holds the following authorization in the State of
South Dakota: Certificate of Authority to Provide Alternate Operator Services and Interexchange
Telecommunication Services (Docket No. TCOS-OS3 granted on May 26, 2005). The Transactions will
have no effect on GTL' s current rates, teuns, or conditions for its managed imnate services.
B.

GTEL Holdings, Inc.

GTEL Holdings, Inc. is a privately held Delaware corporation whose principal offices are located
at 2609 Cameron Street, Mobile, Alabama 36607. GTEL Holdings, Inc. is a holding company, whose
only business activities are conducted through GTL. GTEL Holdings, Inc. is a wholly owned direct
subsidiary of GTEL Acquisition Corp.

C.

GTEL Acquisition Corp.

GTEL Acquisition Corp. is a privately held Delaware corporation whose principal offices are
located at 590 Madison Avenue, 41st Floor, New York, New York 10022. GTEL Acquisition Corp. is a
holding company, whose only business activities are conducted through GTL. GTEL Acquisition Corp.
is wholly owned by GTEL Holding LLC, a privately held Delaware limited liability company whose
principal offices are located at 590 Madison Avenue, 41st Floor, New York, New York 10022.

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D.

GTEL Holding LLC

GTEL Holding LLC is controlled by a board of managers including the CEO ofGTL and other
managers appointed by The Veritas Capital Fund III, L.P. and GS Direct, L.L.C. The Veritas Capital
Fund III, L.P. is a private equity investment partnership managed by its sole general partner, Veritas
Capital Partners III, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company. Veritas Capital Partners III, L.L.C. is
controlled by its managing member, Robert B. McKeon, the managing member of Veritas Capital Fund
Management, L.L.C., d/b/a Veritas Capital. Veritas Capital is a private equity investment firm
headquartered in New York. Founded in 1992, Veritas Capital invests in a broad range of companies
through buyouts, growth capital investments, and leveraged recapitalizations. The firm's primary
objective is to partner with experienced management teams to develop leading companies in their
respective markets. In addition to providing long-tenn capital, the firm works closely with its
management partners in creating and executing a well-defined strategic plan that exploits a company's
core competencies as well as attractive industry dynan1ics. Principals at Veritas Capital bring long tenn
investing experience through a variety of economic conditions allowing the firm to apply its skills and
capital to a broad spectrum of industries. However, Veritas Capital has developed specific expertise in
the defense, aerospace, govenID1ent services, mediaiteleconID1unications, consumer products, and
specialty manufacturing industries.
GS Direct, L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company, is wholly owned by The Goldman Sachs
Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation. GS Direct, L.L.C.'s sole manager is Goldman, Sachs & Co., a New
York limited partnership. All of the limited partner equity interests in Goldman, Sachs & Co. are held
directly or indirectly by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., a bank holding company. The Goldman, Sachs
& Co. L.L.C. controls Goldman, Sachs & Co. as its sole general partner. All of the equity interests
(voting and non-voting) in The Goldman, Sachs & Co. L.L.C. are held by The Goldman Sachs Group,
Inc., which is a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. GS Direct, L.L.C. invests
capital primarily alongside corporate and sponsor clients in situations in which access to its or its
affiliates' capital, relationships or advisory services can enhance the value of the investment. The
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., provides investment banking, securities, and investment management
services primarily to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals
worldwide.

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
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December 17, 20 I 0

II.

Contact Information
Questions and correspondence concerning this Notice may be addressed to:
Lance J.M. Steinhart, Esq.
Lance lM. Steinhart, P.C.
1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 115
Alpharetta, Georgia 30005
(770) 232-9200 (Tel)
(770) 232-9208 (Fax)
Isteinhati@telecomcounsel.com (E-Mail)
Attorney for Global Tel*Link Corporation

III.

Description of the Transactions

GTL will be participating in a series of debt financing Transactions. Specifically, GTL will act as a
borrower in certain new senior secured long term debt arrangements in the aggregate atnount of up to $607.1
million. The proposed financing arrangements are expected to include letter of credit, revolving long-term
credit atld term loan components. In connection with the proposed Transactions, GTL will also grant a
security interest in substantially all of its assets.
The proposed indebtedness will replace GTL's outstanding credit facilities and thereby allow GTL to
obtain long term credit on favorable tenns. In addition, GTL expects that the proposed issuance will: (a)
substantially increase the ability of GTL to expand its operations in the State of South Dakota; (b) pay a
deferred redemption amount on GTEL Holdings, Inc.' s preferred stock; (c) pay a dividend on GTEL
Holdings, Inc.' s common stock; (d) fund potential acquisitions; and (e) provide GTL with the financial
resources necessary to compete more effectively with other service providers in South Dakota.

IV.

Pnblic Interest Considerations

GTL respectfully submits that the Transactions described in this Notice will serve the public
interest. The proposed Transactions will not adversely affect the operation of GTL. In particular, GTL
submits that: (I) the Transactions increase competition in the South Dakota telecommunications market
by reinforcing GTL's status as a viable competitor and ensuring that GTL can continue to provide service
on an uninterrupted basis; (2) the contemplated Trat1sactions will allow GTL to significantly expat1d its
operations, including in South Dakota; and (3) the proposed Transactions are solely finat1cial
arrangements that will not affect the day-to-day operations of GTL and will be entirely transparent to its
customers.

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December 17,2010

The Transactions are expected to support competition in South Dakota. In particular, the
financing Transactions described above will provide GTL with additional capital that will allow the
company to continue to compete effectively as a leading provider of payphone and inmate-only payphone
services. The additional financing provided by the financing Transactions will also allow GTL to
continue to execute the company's business plan and offer alternative high-quality, competitively priced
services to a substantial number of potential customers in its operating areas.
At the same time, the financing Transactions will be entirely transparent to existing GTL
customers. The proposed Transactions do not create any new owners ofGTL and will not affect the dayto-day management of GTL or the services that GTL provides. Because the Transactions are financial in
nature and will not affect the rates, terms and conditions under which GTL operates, the financing
Transactions will be entirely transparent to customers ofGTL in terms of the services those customers
receIve.
If you have any questions or if I may provide you with iJ,dditional information, please do not
hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
/

/

Itted,

. Steinhart
ey for Global Tel*Link Corporation
cc:

David B. Silverman, Esq.
James Smith, Esq.

 

 

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