SHANGHAI, Oct. 10, 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 the pricing of US$700 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2018 (the "notes"). The notes were offered to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and certain non-U.S. persons in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Company has granted the initial purchaser a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional US$100 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, based on an initial conversion rate of 12.7568 of the Company's ADSs per $1,000 principal amount of notes (which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately US$78.39 per ADS and represents an approximately 42.5% conversion premium over the closing trading price of the Company's ADSs on October 10, 2013, which was US$55.01 per ADS). The conversion rate is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain events. Holders of the notes may convert their notes, at their option, 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 notes will bear interest at a rate of 1.25% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on April 15 and October 15 of each year, beginning on April 15, 2014. The notes will mature on October 15, 2018, unless previously repurchased or converted in accordance with their terms prior to such date.
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 is entering into a convertible note hedge transaction with an affiliate of the initial purchaser (the "hedge counterparty") and 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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