MADISON, Wis., March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Exact Sciences Corporation (EXAS) announced today that it has priced its underwritten public offering of 0.3750% convertible senior notes due 2027 (the "Notes") and upsized the offering from $600 million to $650 million aggregate principal amount. The Company has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $97.5 million aggregate principal amount of the Notes solely to cover over-allotments, if any.
The Notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the Company and will bear interest at a rate of 0.3750% per annum. Interest on the Notes will be payable semi-annually in arrears on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning September 15, 2019. The Notes will be convertible into cash, shares of the Company's common stock (and, if applicable, cash in lieu of any fractional share), or a combination thereof, at the Company's election. The initial conversion rate will be 8.9554 shares of the Company's common stock per $1,000 principal amount of Notes, which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $111.6645 per share. The Notes will mature on March 15, 2027, unless earlier converted or repurchased in accordance with their terms prior to such date, and may not be redeemed by the Company prior to maturity. Prior to September 15, 2026, the Notes will be convertible only upon the occurrence of certain events and during certain periods, and thereafter, until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date.
The offering is expected to close on March 8, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. Concurrently with this offering, in separate transactions, the Company expects to enter into agreements with certain holders of its 1.0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2025 (the "2025 Notes") to exchange an aggregate of approximately $493.4 million of the outstanding principal amount of the 2025 Notes for consideration consisting of (1) an aggregate amount of approximately $493.3 million in cash and (2) an aggregate amount of approximately 2.16 million shares of the Company's common stock. The terms of such agreements have been or will be individually negotiated and will depend on the market price of the Company's common stock and the trading price of the 2025 Notes at the time such agreements are entered into. The cash portion of such consideration will be funded from net proceeds from this offering. The Company may also exchange or induce conversions of the 2025 Notes following completion of this offering and may fund such exchanges or conversions with the proceeds of this offering. The Company intends to use the remaining net proceeds of this offering for general corporate and working capital purposes.
BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as the sole book-running manager for the Notes offering.
An automatically effective shelf registration statement relating to the Notes was filed with the SEC on June 6, 2017. A copy of the prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to the Notes offering may be obtained free of charge on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov or by sending a request to BofA Merrill Lynch, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department (or by e-mail at email@example.com).
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state. The offering of the Notes will be made only by means of the prospectus and related prospectus supplement.
About Exact Sciences Corp.
Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer.
Certain statements made in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created by those sections. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the Company's future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seek," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate," or other comparable terms. Forward-looking statements in this news release may address the following subjects among others: the terms and size of the offering, the terms and size of the repurchases of the 2025 Notes and the use of proceeds from the offering. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including those risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations section of the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Company urges you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating the Company's forward-looking statements. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, the Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
Exact Sciences Corp.
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