Orbital Announces Satisfaction of Financing Condition for Convertible Notes Tender Offer


(Dulles, VA 12 December 2012) -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that the financing condition related to its previously announced cash tender offer (the "Tender Offer") for any and all of the $143.75 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 2.4375% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2027 (the "Convertible Notes") has been satisfied. As previously disclosed, the Company intends to fund the repurchase of the Convertible Notes using the net proceeds of a new term loan. As of the date hereof, the Company has amended its existing revolving credit facility to, among other things, add a new $150 million term loan facility. Entry into this amendment satisfies the financing condition to the Tender Offer requiring the Company to consummate a new term loan financing, on terms satisfactory to the Company, in an aggregate principal amount of at least $150 million.

The Tender Offer will expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on December 18, 2012, unless extended or earlier terminated by the Company.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are the dealer managers for the Tender Offer. Questions regarding the Tender Offer may be directed to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC at (800) 558-3745 (U.S. toll free). Requests for documents may be directed to Georgeson Inc., the information agent, at (888) 658-5755 (U.S. toll free) or at (212) 440-9800 (collect), or in writing to Georgeson Inc., 199 Water Street, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

None of the Company, its board of directors (or any committee thereof), the dealer managers, the depositary, the information agent, the trustee for the Convertible Notes or their respective affiliates is making any recommendation as to whether or not holders should tender all or any portion of their Convertible Notes in the Tender Offer.

This press release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, any securities discussed herein. The Tender Offer is only being made pursuant to the terms of the Offer to Purchase and Letter of Transmittal and the other related materials that the Company has distributed to holders of Convertible Notes as exhibits to the Company's Schedule TO filed with the Commission on November 11, 2012. The Tender Offer is not being made in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, "blue sky" or other laws of such jurisdiction.

About Orbital

Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. The Company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related technical services to U.S. Government agencies and laboratories. More information about Orbital can be found at http://www.orbital.com

Contact: Barron Beneski, (703) 406-5000, beneski.barron@orbital.com

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