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Tesco PLC (TSCO)

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Monday 19 June, 2017

Tesco PLC

Tender Offer to Purchase Senior Notes

RNS Number : 4958I
Tesco PLC
19 June 2017
 

June 19, 2017

 TESCO PLC ANNOUNCES CASH TENDER OFFER FOR UP TO $300 MILLION OF SENIOR NOTES DUE 2037

Tesco PLC (the "Offeror") announces today an invitation for an aggregate principal amount of up to $300 million of its 6.150% Senior Securities due 2037 (the "Securities") for purchase by the Offeror for cash (the "Offer"). The terms and conditions of the tender offer are described in a tender offer memorandum dated June 19, 2017 (the "Tender Offer Memorandum"). Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this announcement have the same meaning as assigned to them in the Tender Offer Memorandum.

Holders are advised to read carefully the Tender Offer Memorandum for full details of, and information on the procedures for participating in, the Offer.

 

The following table sets forth certain information relating to pricing for the Offer.

Title of Security

ISIN

CUSIP

Principal Amount Outstanding

Maximum Tender Amount*

U.S. Treasury Reference Security

Fixed Spread (basis points)

Early Tender Payment

Bloomberg Reference Page

6.150% Senior Notes due 2037

Rule 144A: US881575AC87

Regulation S: USG87621AL52

Rule 144A:

881575AC8

Regulation S: G87621AL5

U.S.$ 1,150,000,000

U.S.$300,000,000 aggregate principal amount

3.000% due February  15, 2047

275 bps

U.S.$50 per U.S.$1,000 principal amount

PX1

* Subject to increase at the sole discretion of the Offeror if the aggregate principal amount of Securities tendered at the Early Tender Time exceeds such amount as described in the Tender Offer Memorandum.

Rationale for the Offer

The Offer is being made in the context of the Offeror's continuing efforts to strengthen its balance sheet and are aimed at efficiently using surplus liquidity to reduce gross debt.

 

The Offer

The Offeror will pay a "Total Purchase Price" per U.S.$1,000 principal amount of Securities validly tendered and not validly withdrawn  prior to the Early Tender Time calculated as described in the Tender Offer Memorandum in a manner intended to result in a yield to maturity as of the Early Settlement Date equal to the sum of:

 

·        the yield to maturity of the Reference Treasury Security as measured at the Price Determination Time; and

·        the Fixed Spread.

The Total Purchase Price includes an "Early Tender Payment" of U.S.$50 per U.S.$1,000. Holders that validly tender Securities following the Early Tender Time but on or prior to the Expiration Deadline, and whose Securities are accepted for purchase, will receive only the "Purchase Price", which is an amount equal to the Total Purchase Price minus the Early Tender Payment. In addition to the payment of the Total Purchase Price or the Purchase Price, as applicable, each Holder whose Securities are validly tendered (and not validly withdrawn) and accepted for purchase will also be paid Accrued Interest equal to interest accrued and unpaid on the Securities from (and including) the immediately preceding interest payment date for the Securities to (but excluding) the Early Settlement Date or the Final Settlement Date, as applicable. 

The Total Purchase Price and the Accrued Interest for the Securities validly tendered and not validly withdrawn on or prior to the Early Tender Time and accepted for purchase will be payable on the Early Settlement Date (as defined herein). Subject to the Maximum Tender Amount and the proration arrangements applicable to the Offer, the Purchase Price and the Accrued Interest payable in respect of Securities validly tendered after the Early Tender Time and accepted for purchase (if any) will be paid on the Final Settlement Date (as defined herein).The Offeror expects that the Early Settlement Date will be July 6, 2017 and the Final Settlement Date will be July 19, 2017. No tenders submitted after the Expiration Date will be valid.

If the aggregate principal amount of the Securities validly tendered for purchase at or prior to the Early Tender Time is greater than the Maximum Tender Amount, the Offeror intends to accept such Securities for purchase on a pro rata basis such that the aggregate principal amount of the Securities accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offer is no greater than the Maximum Tender Amount.  If the Offer is not oversubscribed at the Early Tender Time but the aggregate principal amount of the Securities validly tendered for purchase after the Early Tender Time and at or prior to the Expiration Deadline would result in the Maximum Tender Amount being exceeded, the Offeror intends to accept such Securities for purchase on a pro rata basis such that the then Maximum Tender Amount is not exceeded.  In the event any tendered Securities are not accepted for purchase due to proration, they will be promptly returned or credited to the Holder's account. Securities purchased pursuant to the Offer will be cancelled.

The Offer is not conditioned on any minimum amount of Securities being tendered.  The Offeror's obligation to accept and pay for Securities in the Offer is, however, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the General Conditions described in the Tender Offer Memorandum. Subject to applicable securities laws and the terms set within the Tender Offer Memorandum, the Offeror reserves the right, with respect to the Offer made by it, (i) to waive or modify in whole or in part any and all conditions to the Offer, (ii) to extend the Withdrawal Deadline or the Expiration Deadline, (iii) to modify or terminate the Offer or (iv) to otherwise amend the Offer in any respect.

Announcements in connection with the Offer will be made by the delivery of a press release to a recognized financial news service and through RNS.



 

 

INDICATIVE TIMETABLE

The following table sets out the expected dates and times of the key events relating to the Offer. This is an indicative timetable and is subject to change.

Date and Time

Action

June 19, 2017..............

Commencement of the Offer

Tender Offer Memorandum available from the Tender Agent.

Offer announced through a press release to a recognized financial news service, and RNS.

June 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. (New York City time)..........................

Early Tender Time

Deadline for Holders to tender Securities to be eligible for the Total Purchase Price, which includes the Early Tender Payment (in addition to Accrued Interest).

June 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. (New York City time)..........................

Withdrawal Deadline

Deadline for Holders to properly withdraw tenders of their Securities. If a tender of Securities is properly withdrawn, the Holder will not receive any consideration on any Settlement Date (unless that Holder validly re-tenders such Securities at or prior to the Expiration Deadline and the Securities are accepted by the Offeror).

July 3, 2017.................

Announcement of Early Tender Results

The Offeror expects to announce the aggregate principal amount of Securities validly  tendered on or prior to the Early Tender Time and accepted for purchase; any proration that will be applied to the tendered Securities; any amount of the Maximum Tender Amount that remains unused; and the Early Settlement Date.

July 5, 2017, 11 a.m. (New York City time)

Price Determination Time

The Dealer Managers will calculate the Total Purchase Price and the Purchase Price (as defined herein).

The Offeror will announce the Total Purchase Price and the Purchase Price as soon as reasonably practicable following the Price Determination Time.

 

 

July 6, 2017.................

Early Settlement Date

Expected Early Settlement Date for Securities accepted for purchase on the Early Tender Time. Payment of the Total Purchase Price plus Accrued Interest in respect of such Securities.

July 17, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (New York City time) .........................  

Expiration Deadline

The last time and date for Holders to tender Securities in order to be able to participate in the Offer and to be eligible to receive the Purchase Price and Accrued Interest on the Final Settlement Date.

July 18, 2017...............

Announcement of Results of the Offer

The Offeror expects to announce the amount of Securities to be accepted for purchase on the Final Settlement Date, if necessary.

July 19, 2017...............

Final Settlement Date

Expected Final Settlement Date for Securities validly tendered and accepted for purchase by the Offeror accepted for purchase after the Early Tender Time. Payment of the Purchase Price and any Accrued Interest in respect of any such Securities.

 

The above dates and times are subject, where applicable, to the right of the Offeror to extend, re-open, amend, and/or terminate the Offer, subject to applicable laws. Holders of Securities are advised to check with any bank, securities broker or other intermediary through which they hold Securities when such intermediary would require to receive instructions to participate in, or withdraw their instruction to participate in, the Offer before the deadlines set out above.

Holders of Securities are advised to read carefully the Tender Offer Memorandum for full details of and information on the procedures for participating in the Offer.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Questions and requests for assistance in connection with the Offer may be directed to the Dealer Managers:

BNP Paribas

10 Harewood Avenue

London NW1 6AA

Attention: Liability Management Group

 

 

In the United States:

 

Toll Free: + 1 888 210 4358

Collect: + 1 212 841 3059

 

In Europe:

Telephone: +44 20 7595 8668

 

E-mail: [email protected]

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

200 West Street

New York, NY 10282

United States

Attention: Liability Management Group

 

In the United States:

 

Toll Free: +1 800 828 3182

Collect: +1 212 902 5183

 

In Europe:

Telephone: +44  20 7774 9862

 

E-mail: [email protected]

 

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Brookfield Place

200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10281

United States

Attention: Liability Management Group

 

In the United States:

 

Toll Free: + 1 877 381 2099

Collect: +1 212 618 7822

 

In Europe:

+44 20 7029 7063

 

E-mail:

[email protected]

 

Questions and requests for assistance in connection with the tender of Securities including requests for a copy of the Tender Offer Memorandum may be directed to:

INFORMATION & TENDER AGENT

D.F. King & Co., Inc.

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://sites.dfkingltd.com/tescousoffer

 

In New York:

48 Wall Street 22nd Floor

New York, New York 10005

United States of America

 

Telephone: +1 (212) 269-5550

Toll Free: (800) 848-3416

Attention: Andrew Beck

 

By Facsimile Transmissions (for eligible institutions only): +1 (212) 709-3328

Confirmation by Telephone: +1 (212) 269-5552

 

In London:

125 Wood Street

London EC2V 7AN

United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 20 7920 9700

In Hong Kong:

Suite 1601, 16/F, Central Tower

28 Queen's Road Central

Central Hong Kong

Telephone: +852 3953 7230

 

Holders of Securities may access the Tender Offer Memorandum at https://sites.dfkingltd.com/tescousoffer/

 

NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER

Subject to applicable law, the Offeror or any of its affiliates may at any time and from time to time following completion of the Offer purchase remaining outstanding Securities issued by it by tender, in the open market, by private agreement or otherwise on such terms and at such prices as the Offeror or, if applicable, its affiliates may determine. Such terms, consideration and prices may be more or less favorable than those offered pursuant to the Offer.

This announcement must be read in conjunction with the Tender Offer Memorandum. This announcement and the Tender Offer Memorandum contain important information which must be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Offer. If any holder of Securities is in any doubt as to the action it should take, it is recommended to seek its own legal, accounting and financial advice, including as to any tax consequences, immediately from its stockbroker, bank manager, attorney, accountant or other independent financial adviser. Any individual or company whose Securities are held on its behalf by a broker, dealer, bank, custodian, trust company or other nominee or intermediary must contact such entity if it wishes to participate in the Offer. None of the Offeror, the Dealer Managers, the Tender Agent and any person who controls, or is a director, officer, employee or agent of such persons, or any affiliate of such persons, makes any recommendation as to whether holders of Securities should participate in the Offer.

OFFER AND DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTIONS

This announcement and the Tender Offer Memorandum do not constitute an offer or an invitation to participate in the Offer in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to or from whom, it is unlawful to make such offer or invitation or for there to be such participation under applicable laws. The distribution of this announcement and the Tender Offer Memorandum in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. Persons into whose possession this announcement or the Tender Offer Memorandum comes are required by the Offeror, the Dealer Managers and the Tender Agent to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

United Kingdom

This announcement, the Tender Offer Memorandum and any other documents or materials relating to the Offer have not been approved by an authorized person for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the "FSMA"). Accordingly, such documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The communication of such documents and/or materials is exempt from the restriction on financial promotions under section 21 of the FSMA on the basis that it is only directed at and may only be communicated to (1) those persons who are existing members or creditors of either Offeror or other persons within Article 43 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, and (2) any other persons to whom these documents and/or materials may lawfully be communicated.

Neither this announcement nor the Tender Offer Memorandum is addressed to or directed at any other person, including any retail clients within the meaning of the rules, regulations and guidance issued by the Financial Conduct Authority and such other persons should not act or rely upon it.

Belgium

None of this announcement, the Tender Offer Memorandum or any other documents or materials relating to the Offer have been submitted to or will be submitted for approval or recognition to the Financial Services and Markets Authority (Autorité des services et marchés financiers / Autoriteit financiële diensten en markten) and, accordingly, the Offer may not be made in Belgium by way of a public offering, as defined in Articles 3 and 6 of the Belgian Law of April 1, 2007 on public takeover bids as amended or replaced from time to time. Accordingly, the Offer may not be advertised and the Offer will not be extended, and none of this announcement, the Tender Offer Memorandum or any other documents or materials relating to the Offer (including any memorandum, information circular, brochure or any similar documents) has been or shall be distributed or made available, directly or indirectly, to any person in Belgium other than "qualified investors" in the sense of Article 10 of the Belgian Law of June 16, 2006 on the public offer of placement instruments and the admission to trading of placement instruments on regulated markets, acting on their own account. This announcement and/or the Tender Offer Memorandum have been issued only for the personal use of the above qualified investors and exclusively for the purpose of the Offer. Accordingly, the information contained in this announcement and/or the Tender Offer Memorandum may not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any other person in Belgium.

France

The Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, to the public in France. None of this announcement, the  Tender Offer Memorandum nor any other documents or offering materials relating to the Offer, has been or shall be distributed to the public in France and only (i) providers of investment services relating to portfolio management for the account of third parties (personnes fournissant le service d'investissement de gestion de portefeuille pour compte de tiers) and/or (ii) qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés), other than individuals, all as defined in, and in accordance with, Articles L.411-1, L.411-2 and D.411-1 of the French Code monétaire et financier, are eligible to participate in the Offer. Neither this announcement nor the Tender Offer Memorandum has been submitted to the clearance procedures (visa) of the Autorité des marchés financiers.

Italy

None of the Offer, this announcement, the Tender Offer Memorandum or any other document or materials relating to the Offer has been or will be submitted to the clearance procedures of the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa ("CONSOB") pursuant to Italian laws and regulations.

The Offer is being carried out in Italy as an exempted offer pursuant to article 101-bis, paragraph 3-bis of the Legislative Decree No. 58 of February 24, 1998, as amended (the "Financial Services Act") and article 35-bis, paragraph 4 of CONSOB Regulation No. 11971 of May 14, 1999, as amended. Holders or beneficial owners of the Securities that are located in Italy can tender Securities for purchase in the Offer through authorised persons (such as investment firms, banks or financial intermediaries permitted to conduct such activities in Italy in accordance with the Financial Services Act, CONSOB Regulation No. 16190 of October 29, 2007, as amended from time to time, and Legislative Decree No. 385 of September 1, 1993, as amended) and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations or with requirements imposed by CONSOB or any other Italian authority.

Each intermediary must comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning information duties vis-à-vis its clients in connection with the Securities or the Offer.

Switzerland

None of this announcement, the Tender Offer Memorandum or any other offering or marketing material relating to the Securities constitutes a prospectus as such term is understood pursuant to article 652a or article 1156 of the Swiss Federal Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus within the meaning of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Accordingly, the investor protection rules otherwise applicable to investors in Switzerland do not apply to the Offer. When in doubt, investors based in Switzerland are recommended to contact their legal, financial or tax adviser with respect to the Offer.

General

The Offer does not constitute an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell Securities in any circumstances in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. In those jurisdictions where the securities or other laws require the Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer and any of the Dealer Managers or, where the context so requires, any of their respective affiliates is such a licensed broker or dealer in that jurisdiction, the Offer shall be deemed to be made on behalf of the Offeror by such Dealer Manager or affiliate (as the case may be) in such jurisdiction.

Each Holder participating in the Offer will be deemed to give certain representations in respect of the jurisdictions referred to above and generally as set out in "Procedures for Participating in the Offer" in the Tender Offer Memorandum. Any tender of Securities for purchase pursuant to the Offer from a Holder that is unable to make these representations may be rejected. Each of the Offeror, the Dealer Managers and the Tender Agent reserves the right, in their absolute discretion, to investigate, in relation to any tender of Securities for purchase pursuant to the Offer, whether any such representation given by a Holder is correct and, if such investigation is undertaken and as a result the Offeror determines (for any reason) that such representation is not correct, such tender may be rejected.

 


This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange
 
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