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1 May 2019
Sirius Minerals Plc
Convertible Bond Offering and Concurrent Repurchase of any and all
Outstanding U.S.$244.2 million Guaranteed Convertible Bonds due 2023
Sirius Minerals Plc (the "Company") today announces the placement of U.S.$400 million of Guaranteed Convertible Bonds due 2027 (the "Bonds") pursuant to an offering (the "Offering"). The Bonds will be issued by Sirius Minerals Finance No.2 Limited (the "Issuer"), a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of the Company incorporated in Jersey, and guaranteed by the Company. Concurrently with the Offering, the Issuer also placed U.S.$106.6 million in aggregate principal amount of Guaranteed Convertible Bonds due 2027 (the "Non-Escrow Bonds") with those holders of the outstanding U.S.$244.2 million of Guaranteed Convertible Bonds due 2023 (ISIN: XS1515223516) (the "Existing Bonds") issued by Sirius Minerals Finance Limited and guaranteed by the Company who have agreed to sell their Existing Bonds for repurchase pursuant to the Repurchase (as described herein).
Concurrently with the Offering, the Company agreed to raise approximately U.S.$425 million (£327 million) from a firm placing and placing and open offer of new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the "Concurrent Equity Placement").
Upon release from escrow (as described below), the Company expects to use the net proceeds of the Offering, together with the net proceeds of the Concurrent Equity Placement to continue to incur capital expenditure in line with key project milestones for the development of a polyhalite mine, located in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom as part of the initial construction phase, covering the period until production capacity of 10 mtpa is achieved and which is now underway. The proceeds from the Non-Escrow Bonds will be used in full to fund the Repurchase Price (as defined below) for Existing Bonds purchased by the Guarantor pursuant to the Repurchase.
Convertible Bond Offering
The Bonds will be issued at par and will carry a cash coupon of 5% per annum payable quarterly in arrear in equal instalments and will be redeemed at maturity on 23 May 2027 at 160.19%, implying a yield to maturity of 10.0%. The Bonds will be convertible into fully paid ordinary shares of the Company (the "Ordinary Shares") with the initial conversion price set at U.S.$0.2443, representing a 25% premium to the clearing price of an Ordinary Share in the Concurrent Equity Placement of GBP0.15 (converted into U.S.$ at a U.S.$:GBP FX rate of 1:0.7676).
On or around 25 May 2020, the conversion price will be adjusted (but only if the conversion price so adjusted is lower than the then prevailing conversion price) based on a pre-determined formula as defined in the Terms and Conditions of the Bonds. If the adjusted conversion price thus calculated is less than U.S.$0.1954, the conversion price will then be reset to be equal to U.S.$0.1954 (subject to adjustment from time to time on an equivalent basis to any adjustment made to the conversion price pursuant to the Terms and Conditions of the Bonds).
In addition to receiving Ordinary Shares, holders of Bonds will receive a Make Whole Amount (as described in the Terms and Conditions of the Bonds) upon exercise of their conversion rights.
The gross proceeds from the issuance of the Bonds (the "Escrow Property") will be placed in escrow on the Closing Date. By no later than five London business days following the redemption of all Existing Bonds, the obligations of the Issuer under the Bonds will be secured by the Issuer in favour of the trustee for the benefit of itself and the Bondholders by way of first fixed charge in respect of all of the Issuer's rights, title and interest from time to time in and to the Escrow Property.
Save for limited circumstances described in the Terms and Conditions of the Bonds, the Escrow Property shall only be released to the Issuer upon the earlier of (i) 23 January 2020 and (ii) the completion (a "Stage 2 Debt Event") by the Company and/or a subsidiary of the Company of (a) an issuance of senior secured guaranteed bonds or other financing raising gross proceeds of at least U.S.$500 million and (b) the entry into a revolving credit facility with a committed amount available to the Company or one of its subsidiaries of at least U.S.$2.5 billion from time to time provided that, on the date such Stage 2 Debt Event is notified to Bondholders, the Company or the relevant subsidiary is in compliance with its covenants under such facility.
The Issuer will have the option to redeem all, but not some only, of the outstanding Bonds at the accreted principal amount (plus accrued interest):
· At any time on or after 13 June 2021 and up to but excluding 13 June 2023 if the Call Value of the Ordinary Shares underlying a Bond in the principal amount of U.S.$200,000 shall have been at least 150% of the accreted principal amount of a Bond in the principal amount of U.S.$200,000;
· At any time on or after 13 June 2023 if the Call Value of the Ordinary Shares underlying a Bond in the principal amount of U.S.$200,000 shall have been at least 130% of the accreted principal amount of a Bond in the principal amount of U.S.$200,000; and
· At any time, if 85 per cent. or more of the aggregate principal amount of the Bonds originally issued shall have been previously converted or repurchased and cancelled (the "Clean-up Call"),
where the "Call Value" means the value of the Ordinary Shares (converted into U.S. dollars at the prevailing rate) underlying each Bond of U.S.$200,000 in principal amount as calculated on each of at least 20 dealing days in any period of 30 consecutive dealing days ending not more than 7 days prior to the giving of the notice of redemption.
Subject as provided below, settlement and delivery of the Bonds and any Non-Escrow Bonds is expected to take place on or about 23 May 2019 (the "Closing Date").
Settlement of the Bonds and any Non-Escrow Bonds is conditional upon (i) approval of the shareholders of the Company of the resolutions to be proposed at a General Meeting of the Company to be held on 21 May 2019 in relation to the issue of new Ordinary Shares in connection with any conversion of the Bonds and any Non-Escrow Bonds, and the Concurrent Equity Placement and (ii) the admission to trading of any new Ordinary Shares issued in connection with the Concurrent Equity Placement on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market (the "Settlement Conditions").
It is intended that application will be made for the Bonds and any Non-Escrow Bonds to be listed on the Official List of the FCA and admitted to trading on the regulated market of the London Stock Exchange on or around the Closing Date.
The Company and its subsidiaries have agreed to a lock-up undertaking for a period from the pricing date to 180 days after the Closing Date in respect of the Ordinary Shares (and equity-linked instruments in respect of the Ordinary Shares), subject to customary exceptions and excluding any Ordinary Shares issued pursuant to the Concurrent Equity Placement.
J.P. Morgan Cazenove acted as Sole Bookrunner in connection with the Offering.
Concurrent Offer to Repurchase Existing Bonds
Concurrently with the offering of the Bonds, the Sole Bookrunner assisted the Company with an offer to holders of the Existing Bonds to sell their Existing Bonds for cash at the Repurchase Price, which cash amount shall be immediately and mandatorily applied to the purchase of Non-Escrow Bonds of a corresponding aggregate principal amount (the "Repurchase").
U.S.$106.6 million in aggregate principal amount of the Existing Bonds had been offered to the Company for purchase by holders of the Existing Bonds. The Company has accepted all such Existing Bonds for purchase pursuant to the Repurchase and each holder of such Existing Bonds will receive U.S.$200,000 for each U.S.$200,000 in principal amount of Existing Bonds repurchased, to be automatically and mandatorily applied for the purchase of Non-Escrow Bonds. In addition, holders whose Existing Bonds are purchased pursuant to the Repurchase (based on an expected Settlement Date of 23 May 2019) are expected to receive a cash amount of U.S.$4,013.89 per U.S.$200,000 in principal amount of Existing Bonds representing the accrued but unpaid interest for the period from and including 28 February 2019 to but excluding settlement of the Repurchase, which is expected to take place on the Closing Date.
U.S.$137.6 million in aggregate principal amount of Existing Bonds is expected to remain outstanding immediately after the Closing Date.
The Company reserves the right to repurchase further Existing Bonds until settlement of the Repurchase at the same repurchase price agreed in relation to the Repurchase, and/or after settlement whether on or off the market.
This press release does not constitute or form part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for or to sell securities and the Offering is not an offer to the public in any jurisdiction.
This press release is released by Sirius Minerals Plc and contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 ("MAR"), encompassing information relating to the Offering, the Repurchase, the Bonds and the Existing Bonds described above, and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.
For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this press release is being made on behalf of the Company by Nick King, General Counsel and Company Secretary.
For further information, please contact:
Sirius Minerals Plc
Investor Relations Manager
Jennifer Wyllie, Tristan Pottas
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 845 524 0247
J.P. Morgan Cazenove
Jamie Riddell, Nicholas Hall, Aloke Gupte
Tel: +44 20 7742 4000
Liberum Capital Limited
Clayton Bush, Richard Bootle, Edward Thomas, Trystan Cullen, William Hall
Tel: +44 20 3100 2222
Alex Simmons, Ed Brown
Tel: +44 7970 174 353
About Sirius Minerals Plc
Sirius Minerals Plc is focused on the development of its polyhalite project in North Yorkshire, the United Kingdom, which the Company believes to be the world's largest known high-grade polyhalite deposit.
The Company's polyhalite product, which it markets under the trademarked name POLY4, is a multi-nutrient fertilizer that can be used to achieve balanced fertilization, which is critical to obtaining optimal crop yields and quality. Sirius Minerals' shares are traded on the premium list of the London Stock Exchange. Its shares are also traded in the United States on the OTCQX through a sponsored ADR facility.
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THIS PRESS RELEASE AND THE OFFERING WHEN MADE ARE ONLY ADDRESSED TO, AND DIRECTED IN MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (THE "EEA") AT PERSONS WHO ARE "QUALIFIED INVESTORS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2(1)(E) OF THE PROSPECTUS DIRECTIVE ("QUALIFIED INVESTORS"). FOR THESE PURPOSES, THE EXPRESSION "PROSPECTUS DIRECTIVE" MEANS DIRECTIVE 2003/71/EC, AS AMENDED.
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