NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -08/15/12)- China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited (CNR) is pleased to announce the closing for the issuance of US$60,000,000 principal amount of 14 per cent. Guaranteed secured convertible bonds (the "Bonds") due 2017 convertible into ordinary shares of the Company ("Ordinary Shares") at an initial conversion price of US$1.0811 per share, in a private placement to Willis Plus Limited (the "Investor") (the "Bond Offering"). The Investor is a special purpose entity owned by the Company's controlling shareholders. The Investor borrowed the funds used to purchase the Bonds from PA Universal Opportunity VII Limited, all as described in the Company's Form 6-K filing, referenced below.
The use of proceeds is intended for project development costs for several property development projects in mainland China.
Simultaneously with the Bond Offering, CNR granted to the Investor warrants exercisable to purchase up to 6,000,000 Ordinary Shares of the Company at an initial exercise price of US$1.2973 per share, during the 4 year period commencing one year after the date of issue of the Bonds (the "Warrants"). The Bonds are not convertible for the first year following their issuance.
The Company will file a registration statement covering the public resale of the Ordinary Shares issuable upon conversion of the Bonds and the exercise of the Warrants pursuant to a registration rights agreement between the parties.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The securities sold have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the prospectus supplement, the prospectus or CNR's shelf registration statement.
Details of the transaction documents in relation to the Bond Offering may be found in our Form 6-K furnished to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission dated August 3, 2012 or on our website at www.chinametrorural.com.
ABOUT CHINA METRO-RURAL HOLDINGS LIMITED
China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited is a leading agricultural logistics platform development and rural-urban migration and city re-development company in China.
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