The Dow Chemical Company Announces Tender Offer for Senior Notes
MIDLAND, Mich. – August 17, 2020 – The Dow Chemical Company (“TDCC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Inc. (“Dow”) (NYSE: DOW) announced today that it has commenced cash tender offers (each, individually with respect to a series of Notes, a “Tender Offer” with respect to such series, and collectively, the “Tender Offers”) to purchase its debt securities and certain debt securities of Union Carbide Corporation (“Union Carbide”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TDCC, listed in the table below (collectively, the “Notes”) in an aggregate purchase price (excluding Accrued Interest (as defined below)) of up to $550 million (the “Maximum Tender Offer Amount”) upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated August 17, 2020 (the “Offer to Purchase”). “Aggregate purchase price” refers to the aggregate price to be paid by us in repurchasing any of the series of Notes eligible for the Tender Offers, excluding Accrued Interest, which will not be included in the Maximum Tender Offer Amount.
Each Tender Offer is open to all registered holders of such series of Notes (individually, a “Holder” and collectively, the “Holders”). Subject to the Maximum Tender Offer Amount and the “Tender Caps” (as set forth in the table below), the amount of a series of Notes that is purchased in the Tender Offers on the applicable Settlement Date (as defined below) will be based on the acceptance priority level for such series (in numerical priority order, with 1 being the highest) (the “Acceptance Priority Level”) set forth in the table below and on the cover page of the Offer to Purchase, subject to the proration arrangements applicable to the Tender Offers.
|Title of Notes||CUSIP
(SecReg & 144A)
|7.375% Senior Notes due 2023||260543BE2||TDCC||$150,000,000||1||$75,000,000||0.125% due August 15, 2023||FIT1||75 bps||$30|
|7.875% Senior Notes due 2023||905572AD5||Union Carbide||$175,000,000||2||$85,000,000||0.125% due August 15, 2023||FIT1||75 bps||$30|
|7.500% Senior Notes due 2025||905581AR5||Union Carbide||$150,000,000||3||$50,000,000||0.250% due July 31, 2025||FIT1||100 bps||$30|
|3.150% Senior Notes due 2024||260543CT8 260543CS0 (144A) U26054KJ1 (Reg S)||TDCC||$500,000,000||4||None||0.250% due July 31, 2025||FIT1||50 bps||$30|
|3.500% Senior Notes due 2024||260543CJ0||TDCC||$900,000,000||5||None||0.250% due July 31, 2025||FIT1||50 bps||$30|
|3.625% Senior Notes due 2026||260543CX9 260543CW1 (144A) U26054KL6 (Reg S)||TDCC||$750,000,000||6||$75,000,000||0.250% due July 31, 2025||FIT1||90 bps||$30|
(1) The applicable page on Bloomberg from which the Lead Dealer Manager (as defined below) will quote the bid-side prices of the applicable Reference U.S. Treasury Security (as defined below).
(2) Per $1,000 principal amount of the applicable series of Notes tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline (as defined below) and accepted for purchase.
The Tender Offers are being made upon, and are subject to, the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase. The Tender Offers will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on September 14, 2020, unless extended by TDCC or earlier terminated with respect to any Tender Offer (such date and time, as it may be extended or earlier terminated, the “Expiration Time”). No tenders of Notes submitted after the Expiration Time will be valid. Holders of Notes that are validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 28, 2020 (such date and time, as it may be extended, the “Early Tender Deadline”) that are accepted for purchase will receive the applicable Total Consideration (as defined below), which includes an early tender premium of $30 per $1,000 principal amount of the Notes accepted for purchase (the “Early Tender Premium”). Holders of Notes that are validly tendered and not validly withdrawn following the Early Tender Deadline but at or prior to the Expiration Time that are accepted for purchase (if any) will receive only the applicable “Tender Offer Consideration,” which is, for each series of Notes, the applicable Total Consideration minus the applicable Early Tender Premium.
The “Total Consideration” for each series per $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase by TDCC pursuant to the Tender Offers will be determined in the manner described in the Offer to Purchase by reference to the applicable fixed spread specified for such series of Notes in the table above over the yield based on the bid side price of the applicable U.S. Treasury Security (the “Reference U.S. Treasury Security”) specified for each series of Notes in the table above, as calculated by the Lead Dealer Manager (as defined below) at 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on August 31, 2020, in accordance with standard market practice, subject to certain exceptions set forth in the Offer to Purchase.
In addition to the Total Consideration or Tender Offer Consideration, as applicable, Holders of Notes accepted for purchase will receive accrued and unpaid interest, rounded to the nearest cent on the applicable series of Notes from the last interest payment date with respect to such Notes to, but not including, the applicable Settlement Date, less any applicable withholding taxes (“Accrued Interest”). The Accrued Interest payable pursuant to the Tender Offers is excluded from the Maximum Tender Offer Amount.
Tendered Notes may be validly withdrawn from the Tender Offers at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 28, 2020, unless extended by TDCC with respect to any Tender Offer (such date and time, as it may be extended, the “Withdrawal Deadline”). After the applicable Withdrawal Deadline, Holders who have validly tendered their Notes may not validly withdraw such Notes unless TDCC is required to extend withdrawal rights under applicable law.
TDCC reserves the right, but is under no obligation, at any point following the Early Tender Deadline and before the Expiration Time, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to the Tender Offers (including the Financing Condition (as defined below)), to accept for purchase any Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline (the settlement date of such purchase being the “Early Settlement Date”), subject to the Maximum Tender Offer Amount, the Tender Caps, the Acceptance Priority Levels and the proration arrangements applicable to the Tender Offers. The Early Settlement Date will be determined at TDCC’s option and is currently expected to occur on or after September 1, 2020, subject to all conditions to the Tender Offers (including the Financing Condition) having been either satisfied or waived by TDCC. Irrespective of whether TDCC chooses to exercise its option to have an Early Settlement Date, TDCC will purchase any remaining Notes that have been validly tendered at or prior to the Expiration Time and that TDCC chooses to accept for purchase, subject to all conditions to the Tender Offers (including the Financing Condition) having been either satisfied or waived by TDCC, promptly following the Expiration Time (the settlement date of such purchase being the “Final Settlement Date”; the Final Settlement Date and the Early Settlement Date each being a “Settlement Date”), subject to the Maximum Tender Offer Amount, the Tender Caps, the Acceptance Priority Levels and proration arrangements applicable to the Tender Offers. The Final Settlement Date is expected to occur on September 16, 2020, the second business day following the Expiration Time, assuming that the conditions to the Tender Offers (including the Financing Condition) are satisfied or waived and Notes in an aggregate purchase price equal to the Maximum Tender Offer Amount are not purchased on the Early Settlement Date.
Subject to the Maximum Tender Offer Amount, the Tender Caps and the proration arrangements applicable to the Tender Offers, all Notes validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline having a higher Acceptance Priority Level will be accepted before any Notes validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline having a lower Acceptance Priority Level are accepted. Among any Notes validly tendered following the Early Tender Deadline but at or prior to the Expiration Time, Notes having a higher Acceptance Priority Level will be accepted before any Notes having a lower Acceptance Priority Level are accepted. However, if the Tender Offers are not fully subscribed as of the Early Tender Deadline, subject to the Tender Caps, Notes validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline will be accepted for purchase in priority to other Notes tendered following the Early Tender Deadline, even if such Notes tendered following the Early Tender Deadline have a higher Acceptance Priority Level than Notes tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline.
Acceptances for tenders of Notes of a series may be subject to proration if the aggregate purchase price of the Notes of such series validly tendered would cause the applicable Tender Cap or the Maximum Tender Offer Amount to be exceeded. Furthermore, absent an amendment of the Tender Offers, (i) if the Tender Offers are fully subscribed as of the Early Tender Deadline, Holders who validly tender Notes following the Early Tender Deadline will not have any of their Notes accepted for purchase, and (ii) if any Tender Cap is reached as of the Early Tender Deadline, Holders who validly tender Notes subject to such Tender Cap following the Early Tender Deadline will not have any of their Notes of such series accepted for purchase.
TDCC’s obligation to accept for payment and to pay for any of the Notes validly tendered in the Tender Offers is not subject to any minimum purchase price of Notes in the aggregate or of any series being tendered, but is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of a number of conditions described in the Offer to Purchase, including a financing condition in respect of issuing senior debt securities on satisfactory terms and conditions (the “Financing Condition”). TDCC reserves the right, subject to applicable law, to: (i) waive any and all conditions to any Tender Offer; (ii) extend or terminate any Tender Offer; (iii) increase or decrease the Maximum Tender Offer Amount and/or increase, decrease or eliminate any of the Tender Caps; or (iv) otherwise amend any Tender Offer in any respect.
A Holder wishing to tender Notes may do so by book-entry transfer and delivery of an agent’s message pursuant to DTC’s Automated Tender Offer Program. TDCC has retained BofA Securities to act as lead dealer manager in connection with the Tender Offers (the “Lead Dealer Manager”) and BNP Paribas Securities Corp. and HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. to act as Co-Dealer Managers (the “Co-Dealer Managers” and, together with the Lead Dealer Manager, the “Dealer Managers”). Questions and requests for assistance regarding the terms of the Tender Offers should be directed to BofA Securities at (980) 387-3907 (collect) or email@example.com (email); BNP Paribas Securities Corp. at (888) 210-4358 (toll-free); and HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. at (866) 811-8049 (toll-free). Copies of the Offer to Purchase and any amendments or supplements to the foregoing may be obtained from Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the depositary and information agent for the Tender Offers (the “Depositary and Information Agent”), by calling (212) 430-3774 (for banks and brokers only) or (866) 470-4300 (toll-free) (for all others) or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
None of TDCC, Union Carbide, the Depositary and Information Agent, the Dealer Managers or the trustee under the indenture governing the Notes, or any of their respective affiliates, is making any recommendation as to whether Holders should tender or refrain from tendering all or any portion of their Notes in response to the Tender Offers, and no one has been authorized by any of them to make such a recommendation. Holders must make their own decision as to whether to tender their Notes and, if so, the principal amount of Notes as to which action is to be taken. Holders should consult their tax, accounting, financial and legal advisers regarding the tax, accounting, financial and legal consequences of participating or declining to participate in the Tender Offers.
The Tender Offers are only being made pursuant to the Offer to Purchase. This press release is neither an offer to purchase or sell nor a solicitation of an offer to purchase or sell any Notes in the Tender Offers or any other securities of TDCC and Union Carbide. The Tender Offers are not being made to Holders of Notes 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. In any jurisdiction in which the Tender Offers are required to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Tender Offers will be deemed to be made on behalf of TDCC or Union Carbide by the Dealer Managers, or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
Union Carbide Corporation is a chemicals and polymers company that has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company since 2001.
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