Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE: DVR) (“Cal Dive”) announced today its intention to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $75 million aggregate principal amount of its convertible senior notes due 2017 (the “notes”) in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Cal Dive plans to grant the initial purchasers an option to purchase up to an additional $11.25 million aggregate principal amount of notes, solely to cover over-allotments.
Pursuant to the terms of its senior secured credit agreement, Cal Dive expects to use the net proceeds from the offering of the notes to repay a portion of the term loan under its senior secured credit facility. Additionally, the senior secured credit agreement, as amended, excludes the notes from the leverage ratio covenant contained therein. Cal Dive currently has $131.8 million outstanding under its term loan and expects to have approximately $60.3 million outstanding after completion of this offering.
The notes will be general unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of Cal Dive, and will be guaranteed by certain of Cal Dive’s wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries. Interest on the notes will be payable semi-annually in arrears on January 15 and July 15 of each year, commencing January 15, 2013. The notes are expected to be convertible under certain conditions, and subject to certain limitations, into cash, shares of Cal Dive common stock or a combination thereof, at Cal Dive’s election. The notes mature on July 15, 2017, unless earlier purchased by Cal Dive or converted. Upon the occurrence of certain fundamental changes, holders of the notes will have the right to require Cal Dive to purchase all or a portion of their notes for cash at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of such notes, plus any accrued and unpaid interest. The interest rate, conversion rate, conversion price and other terms of the notes are to be determined by negotiation between Cal Dive and the initial purchasers of the notes.