HOUSTON, Aug. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Occidental (NYSE: OXY) today announced the early tender results for the 2021 Notes (as defined below) in connection with its offers to purchase for cash (collectively, the “Tender Offers” and each, a “Tender Offer”) its outstanding 4.10% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “4.10% 2021 Notes”), 2.600% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “2.600% 2021 Notes”), Floating Interest Rate Notes due August 2021 (the “Floating Rate August 2021 Notes” and, together with the 4.10% 2021 Notes and 2.600% 2021 Notes, the “2021 Notes”), Floating Interest Rate Notes due August 2022 (the “Floating Rate August 2022 Notes”), 2.600% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “2.600% 2022 Notes”), 2.700% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “2.700% 2022 Notes”), 3.125% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “3.125% 2022 Notes” and, together with the Floating Rate August 2022 Notes, 2.600% 2022 Notes and 2.700% 2022 Notes, the “2022 Notes”) and 2.70% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “2.70% 2023 Notes” and, together with the 2021 Notes and 2022 Notes, the “Notes”) up to a maximum aggregate purchase price, excluding accrued but unpaid interest (the “Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price”), of $3,000 million.
The Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations (as defined below) are being made pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions described in Occidental’s Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement, dated August 12, 2020, as amended by a press release issued by Occidental on August 12, 2020 and as further amended by a press release issued by Occidental on August 24, 2020 (the “Offer to Purchase”). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings ascribed thereto in the Offer to Purchase.
The Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations are subject to, and conditioned upon, the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions described in the Offer to Purchase, including the completion by Occidental of a registered offering of senior unsecured debt securities (the “Concurrent Offering”) that results in net proceeds of at least $2,950 million, on terms and subject to conditions reasonably satisfactory to Occidental. As set forth in the Offer to Purchase, the maximum aggregate purchase price to be paid by Occidental for the 2022 Notes, excluding accrued but unpaid interest, is $700 million, and the maximum aggregate purchase price to be paid by Occidental for the 2.70% 2023 Notes, excluding accrued but unpaid interest, is $50 million.
According to the information received from Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the Tender Agent and Information Agent for the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations, as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 25, 2020 (such date and time, the “2021 Notes Early Tender Time”), Occidental had received valid tenders from holders of the 2021 Notes as outlined in the table below.
Series of Notes
4.10% Senior Notes
2.600% Senior Notes
674599CU7 / US674599CU76
Floating Interest Rate Notes due August 2021
674599CV5 / US674599CV59
(1) Does not include accrued but unpaid interest, which will also be payable as provided in the Offer to Purchase.
The early settlement date for 2021 Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the 2021 Notes Early Tender Time and accepted for purchase (the “2021 Notes Early Settlement Date”) will be August 27, 2020, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all conditions to the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations described in the Offer to Purchase.
Holders of 2021 Notes that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the 2021 Early Tender Time and have been accepted for purchase pursuant to the applicable Tender Offer will receive the applicable Total Consideration for each series of 2021 Notes as set forth in the table above, which includes the early tender premium of $50.00 per $1,000.00 principal amount of 2021 Notes, together with accrued but unpaid interest on such 2021 Notes from the last interest payment date to, but not including, the 2021 Notes Early Settlement Date.
Occidental is also conducting Tender Offers in respect of the 2022 Notes and the 2.70% 2023 Notes. Holders of 2022 Notes and 2.70% 2023 Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 28, 2020 (the “2022 and 2023 Notes Early Tender Time”) and accepted for purchase will be entitled to the early tender premium in respect of such Notes set forth in the Offer to Purchase (together with the early tender premium for the 2021 Notes, with respect to each series of Notes, the “Early Tender Premium”), together with accrued but unpaid interest on such 2022 Notes and 2.70% 2023 Notes from the last interest payment date to, but not including, any early settlement date for such 2022 Notes and 2.70% 2023 Notes, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all conditions to the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations described in the Offer to Purchase.
The Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on September 9, 2020, unless extended or terminated by Occidental. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations, the consideration for each $1,000.00 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offers after the 2021 Notes Early Tender Time or the 2022 and 2023 Notes Early Tender Time, as applicable, will be the applicable tender offer consideration for such series of Notes set forth in the Offer to Purchase (with respect to each series of Notes, the “Tender Offer Consideration”). Holders tendering their Notes after the 2021 Notes Early Tender Time or the 2022 and 2023 Notes Early Tender Time, as applicable, will receive the applicable Tender Offer Consideration but will not be eligible to receive the Early Tender Premium. All holders will also receive accrued and unpaid interest on such Notes from the last interest payment date with respect to those Notes to, but not including, the applicable settlement date. As the withdrawal deadline of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 25, 2020 (subject to extension, the “2021 Notes Withdrawal Deadline”) has passed, holders of 2021 Notes tendered after the 2021 Notes Withdrawal Deadline cannot withdraw their 2021 Notes or revoke their consents under the Consent Solicitation unless Occidental is required to extend withdrawal rights under applicable law. Holders of 2022 Notes and 2.70% 2023 Notes may withdraw their 2022 Notes or 2.70% 2023 Notes and revoke their consents under the applicable Consent Solicitations by 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 28, 2020.
Settlement for Notes validly tendered after the 2021 Notes Early Tender Time or 2022 and 2023 Notes Early Tender Time, but at or prior to the Expiration Date and accepted in the applicable Tender Offer, will be promptly following the Expiration Date, and is expected to occur on the second business day following the Expiration Date.
As part of the Tender Offers, Occidental is also soliciting consents (the “Consent Solicitations”) from the holders of the 2.600% 2021 Notes, Floating Rate August 2021 Notes, Floating Rate August 2022 Notes, 2.600% 2022 Notes, 2.700% 2022 Notes, 3.125% 2022 Notes and 2.70% 2023 Notes (collectively, the “Consent Notes”) for certain proposed amendments described in the Offer to Purchase that would, among other things, remove certain covenants contained in the indentures governing the Consent Notes (the “Proposed Amendments”).
As set forth in the Offer to Purchase, Occidental reserves the right, but is under no obligation, to amend the terms of the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations at any time, subject to compliance with applicable law.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, MUFG Securities Americas Inc. and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. are the lead Dealer Managers and lead Solicitation Agents in the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations, and Barclays Capital Inc., BofA Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., SG Americas Securities, LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are the co-Dealer Managers and co-Solicitation Agents in the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations. Global Bondholder Services Corporation has been retained to serve as the Tender Agent and Information Agent for the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations. Persons with questions regarding the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations should contact J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at (toll free) (866) 834-4666 or (collect) (212) 834-2045, RBC Capital Markets, LLC at (toll free) (877) 381-2099 or (collect) (212) 618-7843, MUFG Securities Americas Inc. at (toll-free) (877) 744-4532 or (collect) (212) 405-7481 or SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. at (toll free) (888) 868-6856 or (collect) (212) 224-5328. Requests for the Offer to Purchase should be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (banks or brokers) (212) 430-3774 or (toll free) (866) 807-2200 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
None of Occidental, the Dealer Managers and Solicitation Agents, the Tender Agent and Information Agent, the trustee under the indentures governing the Notes or any of their respective affiliates is making any recommendation as to whether holders should tender any Notes in response to the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations. Holders must make their own decision as to whether to participate in the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations and, if so, the principal amount of Notes as to which action is to be taken.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation to buy or an offer to purchase or sell any securities. Neither this press release nor the Offer to Purchase is an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy debt securities in the Concurrent Offering or any other securities. The Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations are being made only pursuant to the Offer to Purchase and only in such jurisdictions as is permitted under applicable law. In any jurisdiction in which the Tender Offers are required to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Tender Offers will be deemed to be made on behalf of Occidental by the Dealer Managers, or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.
Occidental is an international energy company with operations in the United States, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. We are the largest onshore oil producer in the U.S., including in the Permian Basin, and a leading offshore producer in the Gulf of Mexico. Our midstream and marketing segment provides flow assurance and maximizes the value of our oil and gas. Our chemical subsidiary OxyChem manufactures the building blocks for life-enhancing products. Our Oxy Low Carbon Ventures subsidiary is advancing leading-edge technologies and business solutions that economically grow our business while reducing emissions. We are committed to using our global leadership in carbon dioxide management to advance a lower-carbon world. Visit oxy.com for more information.
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