NEWARK, N. J. — December 10, 2002 – IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT.B; IDT), a leading multinational carrier and telephone company, has been selected as the exclusive prepaid calling card provider to Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG), the nation’s largest drugstore chain. IDT will supply Walgreen-branded pre-paid calling cards to the drugstore chain’s nearly 4,000 stores.
Howard Jonas, IDT’s Chairman, said, “Walgreens is America’s No. 1 retail pharmacy chain, and IDT is one of the world’s healthiest telecommunications companies. Together, we can offer customers nationwide a high-quality calling card program.”
“We’re delighted that IDT was selected over all the major domestic phone companies competing to be Walgreens phone card provider,” said Jim Courter, IDT CEO. “Walgreens and IDT are a great fit. Walgreens is known for providing consumers with good value and reliable service. And IDT’s extensive domestic and international infrastructure and rock solid balance sheet will insure consumers get very competitive rates from a phone company that will be around a long while.”
The new Walgreens phone cards will be sold in $10, $20 and $40 denominations and are available now.
“This agreement with Walgreens, one of the largest and most trusted retailers in the U.S., is very significant for IDT Telecom in terms of both revenue and prestige,” said Motti Lichtenstein, CEO IDT Telecom. “Our Private Label calling card division has been hard at work signing up major companies as clients, offering quality service at competitive prices.”
Walgreen Co. is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2002 sales of $28.7 billion. The company operates 3,954 stores in 43 states and Puerto Rico, in addition to Walgreens Health Initiatives, which provides mail service prescriptions, pharmacy benefits management and other clinical services.
IDT Corporation, through its IDT Telecom subsidiary, is a facilities-based, multinational carrier that provides a broad range of telecommunications services to its retail and wholesale customers worldwide. IDT Telecom, by means of its own national telecommunications backbone and fiber optic network infrastructure, provides its customers with integrated and competitively priced international and domestic long distance telephony and prepaid calling cards. IDT and Liberty Media own 95% and 5 % of IDT Telecom, respectively. IDT Media is the IDT subsidiary principally responsible for the Company’s initiatives in media, new video technologies and print media.
Through its various subsidiaries, IDT has interests in several telecom, Internet-related and media companies. IDT acquired assets of Winstar Communications in December 2001. IDT Corporation common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols IDT.B and IDT. As of October 18, 2002, there were about 54.1 million shares of Class B common stock (IDT.B) outstanding, and about 25.0 million shares of common stock (IDT). Of these, approximately 4.0 million shares of Class B common stock and approximately 5.4 million shares of common stock were held by IDT Corporation.
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