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STMicroelectronics announces (i) a US$1.5 billion dual-tranche offering of New Convertible Bonds and (ii) the early redemption of its 2022 Convertible Bonds
AMSTERDAM, 28 July 2020 — STMicroelectronics N.V. (the “Company” or “STMicroelectronics”) announces today the launch of a US$1.5 billion offering of senior unsecured bonds convertible into new or existing ordinary shares of STMicroelectronics (the “Shares”) (the “New Convertible Bonds”) and the early redemption of the outstanding US$750 million Zero Coupon Convertible Bonds due 2022 (ISIN: XS1638064953, the “2022 Convertible Bonds”).
The New Convertible Bonds will be offered in two tranches (with a minimum size of US$500 million per tranche) with a maturity of 5 years and 7 years, respectively. The terms of the New Convertible Bonds are expected to contain customary provisions which will allow the Company to satisfy conversion rights on the New Convertible Bonds with a combination of cash and Shares, or cash or Shares only including, unless the Company elects otherwise, by way of net share settlement. The offering proceeds, net of costs, will be used by STMicroelectronics for general corporate purposes, including the early redemption of the 2022 Convertible Bonds.
Offering of New Convertible Bonds
The Company proposes to issue the dual-tranche New Convertible Bonds as follows:
- The 5-year maturity New Convertible Bonds will not bear interest. The New Convertible Bonds will be issued at 104.5% – 107.1% of their principal amount and will be redeemed at 100% of their principal amount on 4 August 2025, unless previously redeemed, converted or purchased and cancelled. This corresponds to an initial gross yield to maturity range between (1.36)% to (0.88)%; and
- The 7-year maturity New Convertible Bonds will not bear interest. The New Convertible Bonds will be issued at 102.7% – 106.3% of their principal amount and will be redeemed at 100% of their principal amount on 4 August 2027, unless previously redeemed, converted or purchased and cancelled. This corresponds to an initial gross yield to maturity range between (0.87)% to (0.38)%.
The initial conversion price for the New Convertible Bonds is expected to be set:
- In relation to the 5-year maturity New Convertible Bonds, at a premium between 45% – 50%; and
- In relation to the 7-year maturity New Convertible Bonds, at a premium between 50% – 55%,
in each case over the volume-weighted average price of a Share between opening of trading today and pricing of the offering on the Mercato Telematico Azionario organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., converted into US dollars at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of pricing.
The final terms of the New Convertible Bonds are expected to be determined and announced later today and settlement is expected to take place on or about 4 August 2020.
Application will be made for the New Convertible Bonds to be admitted to trading on the Open Market (Freiverkehr) segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
In the context of the offering of the New Convertible Bonds, the Company will commit to a lock-up period from (and including) the pricing date to (and including) 90 days after closing in respect of the Shares and related securities.
BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan and UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and Citigroup Global Markets Limited, IMI – Intesa Sanpaolo, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc and Natixis are acting as Joint Bookrunners in respect of the offering.
Early redemption of the 2022 Convertible Bonds
The Company will today give notice to the holders of the 2022 Convertible Bonds to redeem all of the 2022 Convertible Bonds on 27 August 2020 at their principal amount in accordance with Condition 7(b)(i) of the Terms and Conditions of the 2022 Convertible Bonds.
Holders of the 2022 Convertible Bonds are entitled to exercise their right to convert their 2022 Convertible Bonds into Shares, cash or a combination of Shares and cash by reference to the prevailing conversion price, currently US$20.54 per Share, in accordance with Condition 6(a)(i) of the Terms and Conditions of the 2022 Convertible Bonds. If holders of such Bonds exercise their conversion right, the Company intends to settle such exercise through the payment of cash and delivery of Shares pursuant to the Net Share Settlement provisions of Condition 6(a)(ii) of the Terms and Conditions of the 2022 Convertible Bonds.
For such delivery of Shares in connection with the Net Share Settlement, the Company will utilise a certain number of existing Shares (“the Settlement Treasury Shares”), repurchased under the share buy-back programme that was launched on 5 November 2018. The Settlement Treasury Shares were initially repurchased for the purpose of meeting the Company’s obligations in relation to its employee stock award plans as set forth by the abovementioned share buy-back programme and therefore, the Settlement Treasury Shares will be reallocated to settle the 2022 Convertible Bonds.
At ST, we are 46,000 creators and makers of semiconductor technologies mastering the semiconductor supply chain with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. An independent device manufacturer, we work with our 100,000 customers and thousands of partners to design and build products, solutions, and ecosystems that address their challenges and opportunities, and the need to support a more sustainable world. Our technologies enable smarter mobility, more efficient power and energy management, and the wide-scale deployment of the Internet of Things and 5G technology.
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