SHANGHAI, China, Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pinduoduo Inc. (“Pinduoduo” or the “Company”) (PDD), an innovative and fast growing “new e-commerce” platform and one of the leading Chinese e-commerce players, today announced the proposed offering (the “Notes Offering”) of US$875 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2024 (the “Notes”), subject to market and other conditions. The Company intends to grant the initial purchasers in the Notes Offering a 13-day option to purchase up to an additional US$125 million in principal amount of the Notes. The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the Notes Offering to enhance and expand its business operations, for research and development, to continue to invest in and develop its technology infrastructure and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
The Notes will be senior, unsecured obligations of the Company. The Notes will mature on October 1, 2024, unless repurchased, redeemed or converted in accordance with their terms prior to such date. The Company may not redeem the Notes prior to October 1, 2022 unless certain tax-related events occur. On or after October 1, 2022, the Company may redeem for cash all or part of the Notes, at its option, if the last reported sale price of the Company’s American Depositary Shares (the “ADSs”) has been at least 130% of the conversion price then in effect on (i) each of at least 20 trading days (whether or not consecutive) during any 30 consecutive trading day period ending on, and including, the trading day immediately prior to the date the Company provides notice of redemption and (ii) the trading day immediately preceding the date the Company sends such notice. Holders of the Notes may require the Company to repurchase all or part of their Notes in cash on October 1, 2022 or in the event of certain fundamental changes. Prior to April 1, 2024, the Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders only upon satisfaction of certain conditions and during certain periods. Thereafter, the Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders at any time until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date. Upon conversion, the Company will pay or deliver to such converting holders, as the case may be, cash, the Company’s ADSs (plus cash in lieu of a fractional ADS), or a combination of cash and ADSs, at its election. The interest rate, initial conversion rate and other terms of the Notes will be determined at the time of pricing of the Notes.
The Notes will be offered in the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The Notes, the ADSs deliverable upon conversion of the Notes and the Class A ordinary shares represented thereby have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other place, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.
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 there can be no assurance that any of the offerings will be completed.
About Pinduoduo Inc.
Pinduoduo is an innovative and fast growing “new e-commerce” platform that provides buyers with value-for-money merchandise and fun and interactive shopping experiences. The Pinduoduo mobile platform offers a comprehensive selection of attractively priced merchandise, featuring a dynamic social shopping experience that leverages social networks as an effective and efficient tool.
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