PDL BioPharma (PDLI) to Offer $150M in Convertible Senior Notes
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PDL BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDLI) announced today that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $150 million aggregate principal amount of new convertible senior notes due December 1, 2021 (the Notes) under PDL's shelf registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 10, 2016 and declared effective by the SEC on June 28, 2016. RBC Capital Markets (RBC) is acting as sole book-running manager and sole structuring advisor for the Notes offering. PDL also expects to grant the underwriters a 12-day overallotment option to purchase up to an additional $22.5 million aggregate principal amount of Notes on the same terms and conditions.
The Notes will be senior, unsecured obligations of PDL, and interest on the Notes will be payable semi-annually. The Notes may be converted at the option of the holders, under certain circumstances and during certain periods, into cash, shares of PDL's common stock or a combination of cash and shares of PDL's common stock, at PDL's election. The interest rate, initial conversion rate, offering price and other terms of the Notes will be determined by PDL and RBC.
In connection with the offering of the Notes, PDL expects to enter into a capped call transaction with Royal Bank of Canada, an affiliate of RBC (the Counterparty). The capped call transaction is expected generally to offset potential dilution to PDL's common stock and/or any cash payments PDL will be required to make in excess of the principal amount upon any conversion of the Notes, with such offset subject to a cap. In addition, if RBC exercises its overallotment option to purchase additional Notes, PDL expects to use a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of such additional Notes to enter into an additional capped call transaction.
PDL has been advised that, in connection with establishing their initial hedge of the capped call transaction, the Counterparty expects to enter into various derivative transactions with respect to PDL's common stock concurrently with or shortly after the pricing of the Notes. This activity could increase (or reduce the size of any decrease in) the market price of PDL's common stock or the Notes at that time. In addition, the Counterparty may modify its hedge positions by entering into or unwinding derivatives with respect to PDL's common stock and/or by purchasing or selling PDL's common stock in secondary market transactions following the pricing of the Notes (and are likely to do so during any observation period related to a conversion of notes). This activity could also cause or avoid an increase or a decrease in the market price of PDL's common stock or the Notes, which could affect a holder's ability to convert the Notes and, to the extent the activity occurs during any observation period related to a conversion of notes, could affect the amount and value of the consideration that a holder will receive upon conversion of the Notes.
PDL intends to use a portion of the net proceeds from the Notes offering to pay the cost of the capped call transactions and to repurchase a portion of its outstanding 4.00% Senior Convertible Notes due 2018. The balance of the net proceeds from the Notes offering will be used to acquire income-generating assets and pharmaceutical products, and for general corporate purposes.
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