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                               THE EXCHANGE OFFER
     We sold the original notes on March 17, 1999 in a transaction exempt from
the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933. The initial
purchasers of the notes subsequently resold the original notes to qualified
institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A and under Regulation S under the
Securities Act of 1933.
     In connection with the sale of original notes to the initial purchasers
pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, dated March 12, 1999, among us and Goldman,
Sachs & Co., Chase Securities Inc., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities
Corporation, Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., NationsBanc Montgomery Securities LLC,
Salomon Smith Barney Inc., Credit Lyonnais Securities (USA), Inc., First Union
Capital Markets Corp., Prudential Securities Incorporated, TD Securities (USA)
Inc., CIBC Oppenheimer Corp. and Nesbitt Burns Securities Inc., the holders of
the original notes became entitled to the benefits of the exchange and
registration rights agreements dated March 17, 1999, among us and the initial
     Under the registration rights agreements, the issuers became obligated to
file a registration statement in connection with an exchange offer within 90
days after March 17, 1999 and cause the exchange offer registration statement to
become effective within 150 days after March 17, 1999. The exchange offer being
made by this prospectus, if consummated within the required time periods, will
satisfy our obligations under the registration rights agreements. This
prospectus, together with the letter of transmittal, is being sent to all
beneficial holders known to the issuers.
     Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this prospectus
and in the accompanying letter of transmittal, the issuers will accept all
original notes properly tendered and not withdrawn prior to the expiration date.
The issuers will issue $1,000 principal amount of new notes in exchange for each
$1,000 principal amount of outstanding original notes accepted in the exchange
offer. Holders may tender some or all of their original notes pursuant to the
exchange offer.
     Based on no-action letters issued by the staff of the Securities and
Exchange Commission to third parties we believe that holders of the new notes
issued in exchange for original notes may offer for resale, resell and otherwise
transfer the new notes, other than any holder that is an affiliate of ours
within the meaning of Rule 405 under the Securities Act, without compliance with
the registration and prospectus delivery provisions of the Securities Act. This
is true as long as the new notes are acquired in the ordinary course of the
holder's business, the holder has no arrangement or understanding with any
person to participate in the distribution of the new notes and neither the
holder nor any other person is engaging in or intends to engage in a
distribution of the new notes. A broker-dealer that acquired original notes
directly from the issuers cannot exchange the original notes in the exchange
offer. Any holder who tenders in the exchange offer for the purpose of
participating in a distribution of the new notes cannot rely on the no-action
letters of the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission and must comply
with the registration and prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act
in connection with any resale transaction.
     Each broker-dealer that receives new notes for its own account in exchange
for original notes, where original notes were acquired by such broker-dealer as
a result of