Dow Announces Tender Offer for Any and All of its Outstanding 8.55% Notes due 2019
MIDLAND, Mich. - November 28, 2018 - The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) announced today that it has commenced a cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) for any and all of the $2,114,827,000 outstanding principal amount of its 8.55% Notes due May 15, 2019 (the “Notes”). The terms and conditions of the Tender Offer are more fully described in the Offer to Purchase, dated November 28, 2018 and the related Notice of Guaranteed Delivery (collectively, the “Tender Offer Documents”).
Certain information regarding the Notes and the pricing for the Tender Offer is set forth in the table below:
|Title of Security||CUSIP Number||Principal Amount Outstanding||U.S. Treasury Reference Security||Bloomberg Reference Page||Fixed Spread|
|8.55% Notes due May 15, 2019||260543 BX 0||$2,114,827,000||3.125% due May 15, 2019||PX3||+50 bps|
The Tender Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., Eastern time, on December 4, 2018, unless extended or earlier terminated (such time and date, as the same may be extended, the “Expiration Date”). Holders of Notes must validly tender (including by Notice of Guaranteed Delivery) and not validly withdraw their Notes prior to or at the Expiration Date to be eligible to receive the Tender Offer Consideration.
Holders who validly tender their Notes may validly withdraw their tendered Notes at any time prior to the earlier of (i) the Expiration Date, and (ii) if the Tender Offer is extended, the 10th business day after commencement of the Tender Offer. Notes may also be validly withdrawn at any time after the 60th business day after commencement of the Tender Offer if for any reason the Tender Offer has not been consummated within 60 business days after commencement of the Tender Offer.
The “Tender Offer Consideration” for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offer will be determined in the manner described in the Tender Offer Documents by reference to a fixed spread for the Notes specified in the table above plus the yield based on the bid-side price of the U.S. Treasury Reference Security specified in the table above as quoted on the Bloomberg Bond Trader PX3 series of pages at 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on December 4, 2018, unless extended or earlier terminated.
Holders whose Notes are validly tendered and accepted for purchase will also receive accrued and unpaid interest on their Notes from, but not including, the last interest payment date up to, but excluding, the date Dow initially makes payment for such Notes, which date is anticipated to be December 5, 2018 (the “Settlement Date”). Notes tendered by Notice of Guaranteed Delivery and accepted for purchase will be purchased on the third business day after the Expiration Date but payment of accrued interest on such Notes will only be made to, but not including, the Settlement Date.
Assuming the financing condition referred to below has been met, Dow intends to redeem any Notes not purchased pursuant to the Tender Offer in accordance with the indenture governing the Notes, which currently provides for a make-whole redemption price, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the redemption date. Any redemption would be made solely pursuant to a notice of redemption delivered pursuant to the indenture governing the Notes and the information in this press release is not a notice of redemption with respect to the Notes.
The consummation of the Tender Offer is conditioned upon the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions, including the financing condition, described in the Offer to Purchase.
Dow intends to use the proceeds from a concurrent private offering of notes (the “New Notes Offering”) toward (i) the purchase of Notes accepted in the Tender Offer and (ii) the redemption of Notes remaining outstanding following the consummation of the Tender Offer. Additional terms and conditions of the Tender Offer are set forth in the Tender Offer Documents. This press release is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy notes to be offered in the New Notes Offering.
The full details of the Tender Offer, including complete instructions on how to tender Notes, are included in the Tender Offer Documents. Holders are urged to read the Tender Offer Documents, including materials incorporated by reference therein, carefully before making any decision with respect to the Tender Offer. Copies of the Tender Offer Documents are available at http://www.gbsc-usa.com/dow/ or may be obtained from Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the Depositary and Information Agent for the Tender Offer, at (866) 470-4300 (toll-free) or (212) 430-3774 (collect). Questions regarding the Tender Offer may be directed to the Dealer Managers for the Tender Offer, BofA Merrill Lynch at (888) 292-0070 (toll-free) or (980) 387-3907 (collect), Citigroup Global Markets Inc. at (800) 558-3745 (toll-free) or (212) 723-6106 (collect), Mizuho Securities at (866) 271-7403 (toll-free) or (212) 205-7736, (collect), Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC at (800) 624-1808 (toll-free) or (212) 761-1057 (collect) or SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. at (888) 284 9760 (toll-free) or (212) 224-5328 (collect).
This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation to buy any of these Notes or any other securities of Dow nor is it a solicitation for acceptance of the Tender Offer. Dow is making the Tender Offer only by, and pursuant to the terms of, the Tender Offer Documents. The Tender Offer is not being made in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. None of Dow, the Dealer Managers or the Depositary and Information Agent makes any recommendation in connection with the Tender Offer.
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