Emergent BioSolutions Announces Completion of $250M Convertible Senior Notes Offering
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS) announced today the closing of its previously announced offering of 2.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2021 in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933. Emergent issued $250 million aggregate principal amount of its notes, which includes the additional $35 million principal amount of notes purchased by the initial purchasers under the exercise of the option granted to them by the company.
Emergent intends to use a majority of the net proceeds from the offering to finance the acquisition of Cangene Corporation, announced in December 2013. The company intends to use any remaining net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include repaying outstanding indebtedness under its existing credit facility.
Subject to Emergent's ability to terminate the conversion rights on or after January 20, 2017 as described below, the notes will be convertible at the option of the holders at any time prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the maturity date. Emergent will settle conversions of the notes by delivering shares of its common stock.
The initial conversion rate for the notes is 30.8821 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, which represents an initial conversion price of approximately $32.38 per share, and is subject to adjustment in certain circumstances. This initial conversion price represents a premium of approximately 37.5% relative to the last reported sale price of Emergent's common stock on January 23, 2014 of $23.55.
The conversion rate of the notes, and the corresponding conversion price, will be subject to adjustment for certain events, but will not be adjusted for accrued interest. In addition, following certain corporate transactions that occur on or prior to the maturity date for the notes, Emergent will increase the conversion rate for a holder that elects to convert its notes in connection with such a corporate transaction.
Emergent may terminate the conversion rights on or after January 20, 2017 if the last reported sale price of Emergent's common stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price for at least 20 trading days during the 30 consecutive trading day period prior to Emergent delivering notice of such termination (including the last trading day of such period). There is no “sinking fund” provided for the notes, which means that Emergent will not be required to redeem or retire the notes periodically.
The notes and the shares of common stock underlying the notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or any applicable state securities laws. Unless so registered, such notes and such shares of common stock may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state.
BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan acted as joint book-running managers for this offering, and Cowen and Company and Janney Montgomery Scott acted as co-managers for this offering.
About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Emergent BioSolutions is a specialty pharmaceutical company seeking to protect and enhance life by offering specialized products to healthcare providers and governments to address medical needs and emerging health threats.
Emergent BioSolutions Safe Harbor Statement
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There are a number of important factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including uncertainties with respect to our pending acquisition of Cangene Corporation; our ability to successfully integrate Cangene and realize the potential benefits of the transaction; appropriations for BioThrax® procurement; our ability to successfully integrate the recent acquisition of the HPPD business and realize the benefits of the HPPD transaction; our ability to obtain new BioThrax sales contracts or modifications to existing contracts; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax; availability of funding for our U.S. government grants and contracts; our ability to identify and acquire or in-license products or late-stage product candidates that satisfy our selection criteria; whether anticipated synergies and benefits from an acquisition or in-license are realized within expected time periods or at all; our ability to enter into selective collaboration arrangements; our ability to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance and clinical utility of our products; the success of our ongoing and planned development programs; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our product candidates; and our commercialization, marketing and manufacturing capabilities and strategy. The foregoing sets forth many, but not all, of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from our expectations in any forward-looking statement. Investors should consider this cautionary statement, as well as the risk factors identified in our periodic reports filed with the SEC, when evaluating our forward-looking statements.
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