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RNS Number : 9074J
03 July 2017
July 3, 2017
TESCO PLC ANNOUNCES EARLY RESULTS OF CASH TENDER OFFER FOR UP TO $300 MILLION OF SENIOR NOTES DUE 2037
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Tesco PLC (the "Offeror") announces today the early results as of 5:00 p.m. New York City time on June 30, 2017 (the "Early Tender Time") of the cash tender offer commenced on June 19, 2017 for 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.
The aggregate principal amount of Securities validly tendered and not withdrawn by the Early Tender Time was $637,113,000. The Maximum Tender Amount of $300 million aggregate principal amount of Securities has therefore been reached. Because the aggregate principal amount of validly tendered Securities exceeded the Maximum Tender Amount, the Securities will be purchased subject to proration, with an expected proration factor of 47.9925 per cent., as described in the Tender Offer Memorandum. Securities not accepted for purchase will be promptly returned or credited to the holder's account. Securities purchased pursuant to the Offer will be cancelled.
The Offeror will announce the pricing of the Offer, including the yield to maturity of the Reference Treasury Security as measured at the Price Determination Time, the Total Purchase Price and the Purchase Price, as soon as reasonably practicable after the determination thereof, on July 5, 2017.
The Securities have the following ISIN/CUSIP numbers: US881575AC87 / 881575AC8 (Rule 144A); USG87621AL52 / G87621AL5 (Regulation S).
In accordance with the terms of the Offer, the withdrawal deadline was 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on June 30, 2017. As a result, tendered Securities may no longer be withdrawn. The Offer is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on July 17, 2017. Because the Maximum Tender Amount has been reached, the Offeror does not expect to accept for purchase any Securities tendered after the Early Tender Time.
The Early Settlement Date for Securities validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Time and accepted for purchase is expected to occur on July 6, 2017. Payments for Securities that are validly tendered and accepted for purchase will include accrued and unpaid interest from the last interest payment date for the Securities up to, but not including, the Early Settlement Date.
Questions and requests for assistance in connection with the Offer may be directed to the Dealer Managers:
BNP Paribas Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC RBC Capital Markets, LLC
10 Harewood Avenue 200 West Street Brookfield Place
London NW1 6AA New York, NY 10282 200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor
Attention: Liability Management Group United States New York, NY 10281
In the United States: Attention: Liability Management Group United States
Toll Free: + 1 888 210 4358 In the United States: Attention: Liability Management Group
Collect: + 1 212 841 3059 Toll Free: +1 800 828 3182 In the United States:
In Europe: Collect: +1 212 902 6595 Toll Free: + 1 877 381 2099
Telephone: +44 20 7595 8668 In Europe: Collect: +1 212 618 7822
E-mail: Telephone: +44 20 7774 9862 In Europe:
firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com Telephone: +44 20 7029 7063
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.
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
Confirmation by Telephone: +1 (212) 269-5552
In London: In Hong Kong:
125 Wood Street Suite 1601, 16/F, Central Tower
London EC2V 7AN 28 Queen's Road Central
United Kingdom Central Hong Kong
Telephone: +44 20 7920 9700 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tesco PLC - LEI Number: 2138002P5RNKC5W2JZ46
Tesco Corporate Treasury Services PLC - LEI Number: 21380018AJDKNF3A6712
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