Jerusalem, Israel, October 12, 2000 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today that Teva Pharmaceutical Finance, LLC ("Teva Finance"), a special purpose U.S. finance subsidiary of Teva, priced its offering of $500 million in aggregate principal amount of 1.5% Convertible Senior Debentures due 2005. The debentures will be convertible into American Depositary Receipts of Teva at the conversion price of U.S. $ 86.23 per ADR (reflecting a premium of 26%, relative to the Nasdaq closing price for Teva's ADRs of U.S. $ 68.4375 on October 4, 2000).
The Debentures will be issued by Teva Finance and will be guaranteed by Teva. The net proceeds of the offering will be used to refinance existing indebtedness, to fund activities of Teva's North American and/or European subsidiaries and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
Teva Finance will have a call option, pursuant to which it may redeem the Debentures, in part or in whole, on or after October 15, 2003, in accordance with conditions specified in the offering memorandum.
Debenture holders will have a put option, pursuant to which they may require Teva Finance to repurchase all or a portion of the Debentures on October 15, 2003 at 103% of principal plus accrued interest, or upon the events of a change in control of Teva or the termination of trading in Teva's ADRs or shares, in which cases redemption would occur at 100% of principal plus accrued interest .
The offering has been made by means of an offering memorandum to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A and to certain persons in offshore transactions pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933.
Teva Finance has granted the initial purchasers a 30-day over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional $50 million of Debentures.
Assuming full conversion of the Debentures (excluding the over allotment option granted to the initial purchasers), the total number of outstanding shares will increase by 4.2%.
The offering is expected to close on October 11, 2000.
The securities will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or applicable state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold absent registration under the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or applicable exemptions from registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 50 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world. Over 80% of its sales are outside Israel, mainly in North America and Europe. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and branded pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Safe Harbor Statement under the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which express the current beliefs and expectations of management. Such statements are based on current expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause Teva's future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include Teva's ability to successfully develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products, the introduction of competitive generic products, the impact of competition from brand-name companies that sell their own generic products or successfully extend the exclusivity period of their branded products, Teva's ability to rapidly integrate the operations of acquired businesses, the availability of product liability coverage in the current insurance market, the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and pending legislation that could affect the pharmaceutical industry, the difficulty of predicting U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and other regulatory authority approvals, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structure of various countries, acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products and new therapies, uncertainties regarding market acceptance of innovative products newly launched, currently being sold or in development, the impact of restructuring of clients, reliance on strategic alliances, exposure to product liability claims, dependence on patent and other protections for innovative products, fluctuations in currency, exchange and interest rates, operating results and other factors that are discussed in Teva's Annual Report on Form 20-F and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.