Rocket Lab Announces Closing of Upsized Offering of $355 Million Convertible Senior Notes

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LONG BEACH, Calif., February 07, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rocket Lab USA, Inc. ("Rocket Lab", "we", "us" or "our") (Nasdaq: RKLB), a global leader in launch services and space systems, announced today the closing of its private offering of $355.0 million principal amount of 4.250% convertible senior notes due 2029 (the "notes") to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and related capped call transactions. The offering represents the aggregate of both the previously announced, upsized offering of $300.0 million as well as the full exercise of the $55.0 million option to purchase additional notes granted by Rocket Lab to the initial purchasers of the notes.

Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, said: "Closing today’s transaction is another exciting step for Rocket Lab as we continue our growth trajectory, and upsizing the offering due to oversubscription is a strong show of confidence. This strategic move has added additional funding to the Rocket Lab balance sheet at what we view as the most attractive cost of capital available and least dilutive path for our existing shareholders. We look forward to deploying this capital efficiently and expediently towards a mix of opportunities including potential M&A and other strategic growth and scaling investments."

Key Elements of the Transaction

  • $300.3 million of net proceeds after adjusting for $43.2 million of capped call costs and approximately $11.5 million of underwriting costs and estimated offering expenses

  • Interest rate of 4.25% per year, payable semi-annually in arrears on February 1 and August 1 of each year, beginning August 1, 2024

  • Initial conversion rate of 195.1029 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, which represents a conversion price of approximately $5.13 per share

  • The notes will not be redeemable before February 1, 2027

  • Effective conversion price of $8.04 after giving effect to the capped call transactions

Use of Net Proceeds

  • Approximately $40m to repay a portion of its borrowings under its equipment financing agreement, including accrued and unpaid interest on such borrowings

  • Working capital or other general corporate purposes, which may include potential acquisitions and other strategic transactions

The notes were offered only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act. The offer and sale of the notes and any shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act or any other securities laws, and the notes and any such shares cannot be offered or sold absent registration or except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any other applicable securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, the notes or any shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes, nor will there be any sale of the notes or any such shares, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or solicitation would be unlawful.

About Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle is the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket annually and has delivered more than 176 satellites to orbit for commercial and Government partners, including NASA, the U.S. Air Force, DARPA and the NRO. Rocket Lab also delivers proven suborbital hypersonic launch capability with its HASTE launch vehicle. Building on the deep heritage of Electron, Rocket Lab is developing Neutron, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable launch vehicle tailored for constellation deployment and interplanetary missions. Rocket Lab is also a premier supplier of advanced satellites, flight-proven subsystems and spacecraft components. At a component level, Rocket Lab spacecraft technology spans space solar power, composite structures, flight software, star trackers, reaction wheels, separation systems, and more. Rocket Lab satellite technology and components have been integrated into more than 1,700 satellite missions globally.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, express or implied statements regarding our intentions with respect to the use of proceeds and outcomes from the offering of notes, are forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "potential," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "expect," "strategy," "future," "could," "would," "project," "plan," "target," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, though not all forward-looking statements use these words or expressions. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the factors, risks and uncertainties included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change.

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Contacts

Rocket Lab Investor Relations Contact:
Colin Canfield
investors@rocketlabusa.com

Rocket Lab Media Contact:
Morgan Bailey
media@rocketlabusa.com

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