SHANGHAI, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), a leading travel service provider of hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China ("Ctrip" or the "Company"), today announced that it proposes to offer up to US$140 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2017 (the "notes"), subject to market conditions. The conversion rate and other terms of the notes have not been finalized and will be determined at the time of pricing of the offering. The Company intends to grant to the initial purchaser a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional US$20 million principal amount of notes solely to cover over-allotments, if any. The notes will be convertible into Ctrip's American depositary shares ("ADSs"), each representing as of the date of this press release 0.25 of an ordinary share of Ctrip, at the option of the holders, in integral multiples of US$1,000 principal amount, at any time prior to the close of business on the second business day immediately preceding the maturity date. Ctrip will not have the right to redeem the notes prior to maturity. Holders of the notes will have the right to require the Company to repurchase for cash all or part of their notes on September 15, 2015 at a repurchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, September 15, 2015.
Certain senior management and directors of Ctrip, including the chairman of the board of directors, chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, have indicated their intention to purchase up to approximately US$40 million aggregate principal amount of notes from the initial purchaser in this offering.
The Company intends to use a portion of the net proceeds of the offering to: (a) purchase, depending on interest, a certain amount of ADSs from purchasers of notes in privately negotiated transactions effected through an affiliate of the initial purchaser as its agent, (b) purchase, from time to time, additional ADSs pursuant to its share repurchase program following this offering, and (c) pay the associated cost of the convertible note hedge transaction, after such cost is partially offset by the proceeds to the Company from the sale of the warrant transaction, both transactions as described below. The Company plans to use the remainder of the net proceeds from this offering for other general corporate purposes, including working capital needs and potential acquisitions of complementary businesses (although it is not currently negotiating any such acquisitions).
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