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SunEdison Announces Pricing And Upsizing Of Its Convertible Senior Note Offering

Stocks in this article: SUNE

ST. PETERS, Mo., Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SunEdison, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SUNE), announced today the pricing of its offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 2.00% convertible senior notes due 2018 (the "2018 notes") and $500 million aggregate principal amount of 2.75% convertible senior notes due 2021 (the "2021 notes" and, together with the 2018 notes, the "notes") in a private placement.  The offering was upsized from the previously announced $400 million aggregate principal amount of 2018 notes and $400 million aggregate principal amount of 2021 notes.  The notes will be offered by the initial purchasers only to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The offering is expected to close on December 20, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.  The Company has also granted the initial purchasers a 30-day option to purchase an additional $100 million aggregate principal amount of each series of notes on the same terms and conditions.

Interest and Conversion Details

The 2018 notes will bear interest at a rate of 2.00% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on April 1 and October 1 of each year, or, if any such day is not a business day, the immediately following business day, beginning on April 1, 2014.  The 2021 notes will bear interest at a rate of 2.75% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on January 1 and July 1 of each year, or, if any such day is not a business day, the immediately following business day, beginning on July 1, 2014.  The 2018 notes and the 2021 notes will mature on October 1, 2018 and January 1, 2021, respectively, unless earlier converted or purchased.  The notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the Company.  The notes will be convertible, subject to certain conditions, into cash, or, subject to certain shareholder approval requirements, shares of common stock of the Company, or a combination of cash and shares of common stock, at the Company's option.  The initial conversion rate for the notes will be 68.3796 shares of common stock (subject to adjustment in certain circumstances) per $1,000 principal amount of the notes, which is equal to an initial conversion price of approximately $14.62 per share, representing a conversion premium of approximately 27.5% above the closing price of the Company's shares of common stock of $11.47 per share on December 12, 2013.

Net Proceeds and Their Intended Use

The Company estimates that the net proceeds from this offering will be approximately $974.2 million, after deducting the initial purchasers' discount and estimated offering expenses (or approximately $1,169.2 million if the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes in full), and the cost of the initial convertible note hedge transactions, described below (taking into account the proceeds received by the Company from entering into the warrant transactions, described below) is approximately $58.9 million.  If the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes, the Company may use additional net proceeds from this offering to enter into additional convertible note hedge and warrant transactions. 

The Company intends to use the proceeds of the offering, together with proceeds from the warrant transactions described below to: (1) redeem all $550 million outstanding aggregate principal amount of its 7.75% senior notes due 2019, as well as to pay fees, expenses and redemption premium related thereto; (2) repay all amounts borrowed under its $200 million second lien term loan with a current interest rate of 10.75%, as well as to pay fees, expenses and prepayment premium related thereto; (3) fund the cost of convertible note hedge transactions described below and (4) for general corporate purposes.

Privately Negotiated Convertible Hedge and Warrant Transactions

The Company has entered into convertible note hedge transactions with multiple counterparties, including the initial purchasers and/or their affiliates (the "hedge counterparties") and in connection therewith, the Company has entered into separate privately negotiated warrant transactions with the hedge counterparties.  The strike price of the convertible note hedge transactions is initially equal the conversion price of the notes. The strike price of the warrant transactions related to the 2018 notes will initially be approximately $18.35 per share, which is approximately 60% above the closing sale price of the Company's common stock on December 12, 2013.  The strike price of the warrant transactions related to the 2021 notes will initially be approximately $18.93 per share, which is approximately 65% above the closing sale price of the Company's common stock on December 12, 2013.

These convertible note hedge transactions are expected to reduce the potential dilution with respect to the Company's common stock upon conversion of the notes or offset any cash payments the Company is required to make in excess of the principal amount of converted notes, as the case may be, upon any conversion of notes; however, the warrant transactions could have a dilutive effect with respect to the Company's common stock to the extent that the market price per share of the Company's common stock exceeds the strike price of the warrants.

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