MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VIVUS, Inc. (Nasdaq:VVUS) announced today the pricing of its offering of $220 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50% convertible senior unsecured notes due May 1, 2020 (the "Notes") in a private placement pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). VIVUS has granted to the initial purchasers a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $30 million aggregate principal amount of the Notes. The offering is expected to close on or about May 21, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. The net proceeds from this offering, after deducting discounts and commissions to the initial purchasers and other offering expenses, are expected to be approximately $213 million. VIVUS anticipates using approximately $30 million of the net proceeds from the offering to pay the cost of a capped call transaction described below to be entered into with an affiliate of one of the initial purchasers (the "hedge counterparty"), and the remainder of the net proceeds for continued commercialization of its products and development of its product candidates, and for general corporate purposes. If the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional Notes, VIVUS may enter into an additional capped call transaction with the hedge counterparty. The Notes will bear interest at a fixed rate of 4.50% per annum, payable semiannually in arrears on May 1 and November 1 of each year, beginning on November 1, 2013, unless earlier purchased or converted. The Notes are convertible at the option of the holders at any time prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding November 1, 2019 only under certain conditions. On or after November 1, 2019 until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date for the Notes, holders may convert their Notes at their option at the conversion rate then in effect at any time, regardless of these conditions. Subject to certain limitations, VIVUS will settle conversions of the Notes by paying or delivering, as the case may be, cash, shares of its common stock or a combination of cash and shares of its common stock, at its election.