As part of the financial restructuring going on at Nokia, Nokia is planning to raise $1 Billion approximately by offeringÂ convertible bonds. Microsoft is already helping Nokia financially by handing over $250 million every quarter for marketing expenses. Hopefully, Nokia will return to profits to sustain financially.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE TO U.S. PERSONS OR IN, OR INTO, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN OR TO ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD BE UNLAWFUL
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES FOR SALE TO U.S. PERSONS OR IN ANY JURISDICTION, INCLUDING IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN. NEITHER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT NOR ANYTHING CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL FORM THE BASIS OF, OR BE RELIED UPON IN CONNECTION WITH ANY OFFER OR COMMITMENT WHATSOEVER IN ANY JURISDICTION.
Nokia announces today that it intends to make an offering of senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2017 convertible into ordinary shares of Nokia Corporation to certain international institutional investors through an accelerated book building process. The bonds are proposed to be issued in an aggregate principal amount of EUR 750 million. Nokia intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to prudently manage its capital structure, proactively address upcoming debt maturities while preserving existing pools of liquidity and for general corporate purposes.
“This offering is designed to further strengthen our financial position and liquidity profile while allowing us to benefit from the current attractive long-term financing opportunities in the convertible bond market,” said Timo Ihamuotila, Nokia’s Executive Vice President and CFO.
The bonds are expected to carry a coupon of between 4.25% and 5.00% per annum payable semi-annually in arrears on April 26 and October 26 in each year, commencing on or about April 26, 2013. The initial conversion price is expected to be set at a premium of 28% to 33% above the volume weighted average price of Nokia shares on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki between launch and pricing of the offering. The bonds will be issued at par and will be redeemed at par on maturity, unless otherwise redeemed, purchased, converted or cancelled, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the bonds. Nokia has the right to redeem all outstanding bonds after the third anniversary plus 30 days of the closing date if the volume weighted average price of the shares is at least 150% of the then prevailing conversion price for a specified period of time. Nokia will also have the right to redeem all outstanding bonds at any time if conversion rights are exercised and/or purchases (and corresponding cancellations) and/or redemptions effected in respect of 85% or more in principal amount of the bonds. The terms and conditions of the bonds provide for adjustments of the conversion price for any dividends in cash or in kind as well as customary anti-dilution adjustments. The final terms of the bonds, including the initial conversion price and the maximum number of shares (without any adjustments having been made to the conversion price) which may be issued by Nokia upon conversion of the bonds, are expected to be announced later today, and closing is expected on or about October 26, 2012.
Trading in the bonds is expected to commence on or about October 26, 2012. Nokia will make an application to include the bonds for trading on the Open Market (Freiverkehr) segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange after closing.
BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi and Deutsche Bank are acting as joint bookrunners and BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as settlement agent in the offering.