CARMIEL, Israel, Sept. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT:PLX) (TASE:PLX) announced today that it intends, subject to market conditions, to offer and sell $60 million principal amount of its convertible notes due 2018 (the "notes") through a private offering. The Company expects to grant the initial purchaser an option to purchase up to an additional $9 million principal amount of notes, exercisable for 30 days after the pricing date of the notes offering. The offering is subject to market conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed, or as to the actual size or terms of the offering.
The notes will be unsecured, unsubordinated obligations of the Company, and interest will be payable semi-annually. The interest rate, initial conversion rate and other terms and conditions of the notes will be determined by the Company and the initial purchaser of the notes at the time of pricing of the notes. The notes may be converted at the option of holders into shares of the Company's common stock at any time prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the stated maturity date of the notes.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to fund clinical trials for its product candidates, to fund its research and development activities, to enhance its manufacturing capacity and for working capital and general corporate purposes.The offering is being made to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale is unlawful. Any offer of the securities will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum. The notes and the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes, if any, will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws.