GUANGZHOU, China, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) (the "Company") announced today the pricing of (i) its public offering of US$550,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 1.50% convertible senior notes due 2019 (the "Notes"), which has been upsized from the previously announced offer amount of US$400,000,000 and (ii) the public offering by certain selling shareholders of the Company of an aggregate of 1,140,000 American Depositary Shares (the "ADSs") at a price to public of US$143.74 per ADS. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares of the Company. The Company has granted to the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional US$82,500,000 aggregate principal amount of the Notes and the selling shareholders have granted to the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 171,000 ADSs.
The Notes will bear interest at a rate of 1.50% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning on September 15, 2014. The Notes will mature on March 15, 2019, unless earlier converted, redeemed or repurchased in accordance with the terms of the Notes.
The Notes will be convertible into the ADSs at any time prior to the close of business on the second business day immediately preceding March 15, 2019. The Notes will initially be convertible at a conversion rate of 4.9693 ADSs per US$1,000 principal amount of Notes, which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately US$201.24 per ADS, which represents an approximately 40% conversion premium over the price to public of the ADSs in the ADS offering described above. The initial conversion rate is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain events, but will not be adjusted for any accrued and unpaid interest. On March 15, 2017, the holders of the Notes will have the right to require the Company to repurchase for cash all or part of their Notes at a repurchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the repurchase date.
The Company intends to use a portion of the proceeds of the Notes offering for repayment of existing indebtedness under certain of its facility agreements, which were incurred in connection with a recent acquisition, and the remainder for general corporate purposes. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the ADSs by the selling shareholders.