GUANGZHOU, China, March 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (Nasdaq:YY), a revolutionary rich communication social platform ("YY" or the "Company"), today announced that it proposes to offer up to US$400 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2019 (the "notes"), subject to market conditions and other factors. The Company intends to grant to Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, the initial purchasers, a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional US$60 million principal amount of notes. The notes will be convertible into YY's American Depositary Shares ("ADSs"), each representing, as of the date of this press release, 20 Class A common shares of YY. The notes will mature on April 1, 2019 unless earlier converted, redeemed for certain tax-related events or repurchased in accordance with the terms of the Notes. Holders will have the right to require YY to repurchase the notes on April 1, 2017 or upon the occurrence of certain fundamental changes. YY plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including working capital needs and potential acquisitions of complementary businesses. 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 notes, the ADSs deliverable upon conversion of the notes and the Class A common shares represented thereby have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. They may be offered and sold only in a transaction not subject to, or exempt from, registration under the Securities Act and other applicable securities laws. Accordingly, YY is offering the notes only to qualified institutional buyers ("QIBs") in reliance on the exemption from registration provided by Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to certain non-U.S. persons in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.