SHANGHAI, China, April 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baozun Inc. (BZUN), the leading brand e-commerce service partner that helps brands execute their e-commerce strategies in China (“Baozun” or the “Company”), today announced the pricing on April 4, 2019 of an offering of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each currently representing three Class A ordinary shares of the Company, par value of US$0.0001 per share, which the Company will lend to affiliates of the underwriters (the “ADS Borrowers” and the “ADS Offering”).
The Company also priced the concurrent offering (the “Notes Offering”) of US$225 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2024 (the “Notes”) pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Company has granted the initial purchasers in the Notes Offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional US$50 million in principal amount of the Notes. The Company estimates that the net proceeds from the Notes Offering will be approximately US$219.8 million (or US$269.0 million if the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes in full). The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the Notes Offering for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including repayment of outstanding indebtedness and potential future acquisitions.
Concurrently with the Notes Offering, the Company has entered into the ADS lending agreements with the ADS Borrowers that are affiliates of the initial purchasers in the Notes Offering, pursuant to which the Company will lend, in total, 4,230,776 ADSs to the ADS Borrowers, of which 2,250,000 ADSs (the “Initial Borrowed ADSs”) are being initially offered at US$40.00 per ADS. The offering of the Initial Borrowed ADSs is conditioned on the closing of the Notes Offering. If the Notes Offering is not consummated, the ADS Offering will terminate and all borrowed ADSs (or ADSs fungible with borrowed ADSs) must be returned to the Company. The Company will not receive any proceeds but will receive a nominal lending fee from the ADS Borrowers, which will be applied to fully pay up the Class A ordinary shares underlying the borrowed ADSs.
The ADS Borrowers may subsequently offer the remaining borrowed ADSs for sale on a delayed basis following the Notes Offering at market prices prevailing at the time of sale or at negotiated prices. The Company has been advised by the ADS Borrowers that they expect that, over the same period as their affiliates sell such additional borrowed ADSs, the ADS Borrowers or their affiliates may, in their discretion, purchase a comparable number of ADSs in the open market and use such ADSs to facilitate short sales and/or privately negotiated derivative transactions by investors in the Notes. The activity described above could affect the market price of the Company’s ADSs or the Notes otherwise prevailing at that time.
The Company will not receive any proceeds from the offering of the borrowed ADSs. The borrowed ADSs will not be considered outstanding for purposes of computing and reporting the Company’s earnings per ADS under current U.S. GAAP rules. The Company believes that the registered ADS borrow facility, as described above, would help achieve better terms of the Notes Offering for the Company.
The Company has filed an automatic shelf registration statement on Form F-3 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). A prospectus supplement and the related base prospectus describing the terms of the ADS Offering have been filed with the SEC. When available, the final prospectus supplement for the ADS Offering will be filed with the SEC. The ADS Offering is being made only by means of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus and other documents that the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the offering. You may obtain these documents free of charge by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, a copy of the prospectus supplement and the related base prospectus may be obtained from Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department at 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010-3629, United States of America, or by calling 1-800-221-1037, or by email at email@example.com or Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attention: Prospectus Group, Bank Securities Inc., 60 Wall Street, New York, NY, 10005 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities, nor shall there be a sale of the securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
This press release contains information about the pending offerings of the Notes and the ADSs, and there can be no assurance that any of the offerings will be completed.
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About Baozun Inc.
Baozun is the leading brand e-commerce service partner that helps brands execute their e-commerce strategies in China by selling their goods directly to customers online or by providing services to assist with their e-commerce operations. The Company’s integrated end-to-end brand e-commerce capabilities encompass all aspects of the e-commerce value chain, covering IT solutions, store operations, digital marketing, customer services, warehousing and fulfillment.
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