SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH), a leading U.S. homebuilder, today announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $110 million aggregate principal amount of 1.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2032, which was upsized from the previously announced $100 million offering. The Company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $16.5 million aggregate principal amount of notes from the Company. The offering is expected to close on September 18, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions. The notes will be the Company's general unsecured senior obligations. The notes will pay interest on March 15 and September 15, beginning on March 15, 2013, at a rate of 1.875% per year, and will mature on September 15, 2032. The notes will be guaranteed unconditionally, jointly and severally, initially by all of the Company's direct and indirect 100% owned subsidiaries. The notes will initially be convertible into shares of common stock at a conversion rate of 17.1985 shares of the Company's common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, corresponding to an initial conversion price of approximately $58.14 per share of common stock, or approximately 47.5% above the last reported sale price of $39.42 per share of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on September 12, 2012. The conversion rate will be subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain events. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes. The notes are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement that was previously filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus describing the terms of the offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citigroup, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and BofA Merrill Lynch acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. JMP Securities acted as co-manager. Printed copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement relating to this offer and accompanying prospectus may be obtained by contacting Citigroup, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11220 or by telephone: (800) 831-9146 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at 1-212-834-4533 or by mail to Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Attention: Post-Sale Fulfillment; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attn: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005-2836 or by telephone at: (800) 503-4611, or by email at: prospectus.CPDG@db.com; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated at BofA Merrill Lynch, Attention: Prospectus Department, 222 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10038 or by emailing: email@example.com; or JMP Securities LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 600 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94111, or by telephone: 415-835-8985 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. An electronic copy of the preliminary supplement and accompanying prospectus may also be obtained at no charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov . About Meritage Homes Corporation Meritage Homes is the ninth-largest public homebuilder in the United States based on homes closed in 2011. Meritage builds a variety of homes across Southern and Western states to appeal to a wide range of buyers, including first-time, move-up, luxury and active adults. As of June 30, 2012, the company had 151 actively selling communities in 15 metropolitan areas, including Northern California, East Bay/Central Valley and Southern California, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Tucson, Las Vegas, Denver, Orlando, Tampa and Raleigh-Durham. In 2012, Meritage also announced its entry into the Charlotte market.