SHANGHAI, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), a leading travel service provider of hotel accommodations, ticketing services, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China ("Ctrip" or the "Company"), today announced that it proposes to offer up to US$500 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2018 (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$75 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 October 15, 2016 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, October 15, 2016.
The Company intends to use a portion of the net proceeds of the offering to 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, as described below. The Company expects to enter into a convertible note hedge transaction with an affiliate of the initial purchaser (the "hedge counterparty") and to enter into a warrant transaction with the hedge counterparty at a higher strike price. In connection with these transactions, the Company has been advised that the hedge counterparty and/or its affiliates expect to enter into various derivative transactions with respect to the ADSs and/or to purchase ADSs concurrently with, or shortly after, the pricing of the notes, and may adjust or unwind such derivative transactions or enter into additional derivative transactions, and buy or sell ADSs or other securities from time to time. These activities could impact the trading price of the ADSs and/or the notes.
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