SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH), a leading U.S. homebuilder, today announced the pricing of a $175 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2018. The bonds were priced with a coupon of 4.50% and sold at par. The notes were offered to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and outside the United States to persons other than U.S. persons in reliance upon Regulation S under the Securities Act. The expected closing date for the private placement of these notes is March 13, 2013. As announced earlier today, Meritage intends to use a portion of the net proceeds from the offering to repurchase or redeem all $99,825,000 aggregate principal amount of its 7.731% senior subordinated notes due 2017 with the remaining net proceeds to be used for general corporate purposes. Adjusting for the offering of the notes and the related transactions described above, as of December 31, 2012, Meritage would have had approximately $366 million of cash and cash equivalents outstanding and approximately $798 million of total debt outstanding. This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale is unlawful. The securities will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws. 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 the Southern and Western states to appeal to a wide range of buyers, including first-time, move-up, luxury and active adults. As of December 31, 2012, the company had 158 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.