Source - RNS
RNS Number : 7712H
Republic of Uruguay
12 June 2017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 12, 2017

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY -

Tender Offer

The Republic of Uruguay ("Uruguay") announced today the commencement of an offer to purchase for cash (the "Tender Offer") the bonds listed in the table below (the "Old Bonds") such that the aggregate Purchase Price to be paid for the Old Bonds tendered and accepted for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offer is equal to a maximum purchase amount to be determined by Uruguay in its sole discretion (the "Maximum Purchase Amount"). The terms and conditions of the Tender Offer are set forth in the offer to purchase, dated June 12, 2017 (the "Offer to Purchase"). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings assigned to them in the Offer to Purchase (as defined below).

The Tender Offer is not conditioned upon any minimum participation of Old Bonds but is conditioned, among other things, on the pricing and closing of a new Peso-denominated bond of Uruguay due 2022 (the "New Bonds") in an amount, with pricing and on terms and conditions acceptable to Uruguay in its sole discretion to be priced on the date hereof (the "New Bonds Offering").

The tender period (the "Tender Period") will commence at 8:00 a.m., New York time, on Monday, June 12, 2017 and expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the same day unless extended or earlier terminated.  The settlement of the Tender Offer is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (the "Tender Offer Settlement Date").  Following the settlement of the New Bonds Offering, the Billing and Delivering Bank  (as defined herein) will purchase the Old Bonds accepted by Uruguay pursuant to the Tender Offer and pay a price per Ps. 1,000 nominal principal amount of such Old Bonds, as adjusted by the Adjustment UI factor (as defined below), equal to the fixed price indicated in the table below (the "Purchase Price").  Holders whose Old Bonds are accepted in the Tender Offer will also receive any accrued and unpaid interest on the Old Bonds as adjusted by the Adjustment UI Factor of 2.29657963 and an exchange rate of Ps. 28.217 to U.S.$1.00 (the "Accrued Interest") on these Old Bonds up to (but excluding) the Tender Offer Settlement Date. Accrued Interest will be payable in cash.

Old Bonds

Outstanding Nominal Principal Amount as of Monday, June 12, 2017


ISIN


CUSIP

Common Code

Nominal Purchase Price (per Ps. 1,000 Nominal Principal Amount) 1

Purchase Price

(%)








5.00% Global UI Bonds due 2018

Ps. 7,795,848,8062

US760942AT98

760942AT9

026799236

Ps. 1,018.00

101.8%

(1) The nominal principal amount of Old Bonds validly tendered and accepted will be adjusted by a factor (the "Adjustment UI Factor") to reflect the increase of the UI Index from the issuance date of the Old Bonds to the Settlement Date, which is expected to be June 20, 2017. As of the expected Settlement Date, the Adjustment UI Factor would be 2.29657963, which is the ratio of 3.6325, the value of the UI index at Settlement Date, over 1.5817, the value of the UI index at the time of the issuance of the Old Bonds.  The Purchase Price shall be converted into U.S. dollars at an exchange rate of Ps. 28.217 to US$ 1.00.

(2) The principal amount of the Old Bonds outstanding, as adjusted by the Adjustment UI Factor is Ps. 17,897,380,151 as of the date hereof.

 

During the Tender Period, a holder of Old Bonds may place orders to tender Old Bonds ("Tender Orders") only through one of the Dealer Managers (as defined below).  Holders will NOT be able to submit tenders through Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V. ("Euroclear"), Clearstream Banking, société anonyme ("Clearstream") or the Depository Trust Company ("DTC") systems.  If a holder does not have an account with a Dealer Manager, such holder may place a tender offer through any broker, dealer, commercial bank, trust company, other financial institution or other custodian that it customarily uses that has an account with a Dealer Manager.  Your broker must contact one of the Dealer Managers to submit a Tender Order on your behalf.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, as the billing and delivering bank for the Tender Offer (in such capacity, the "Billing and Delivering Bank"), will consolidate all Tender Orders and, upon instruction of Uruguay, accept Old Bonds for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offer, subject to proration as described in the Offer to Purchase, prior to 8:00 a.m., New York time, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  Each of Uruguay and the Billing and Delivering Bank reserves the right, in the sole discretion of each of them, not to accept any Tender Orders for any reason.  Tender Orders by a holder of Old Bonds must be (a) in the case of Preferred Tenders (as defined herein), in principal amounts of at least Ps. 1,000 and integral multiples of Ps. 1,000 in excess thereof or (b) in the case of Non-Preferred Tenders (as defined herein), in principal amounts of at least Ps. 1.00 and integral multiples of Ps. 1.00 in excess thereof ("Permitted Tender Amounts").

There is no letter of transmittal for the Tender Offer. If you hold Old Bonds through DTC, they must be delivered to the relevant Dealer Manager for settlement no later than 3:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tender Offer Settlement Date.  If you hold Old Bonds through Euroclear or Clearstream, the latest process you can use to deliver your Old Bonds to the Billing and Delivering Bank is the overnight process, one day prior to the Tender Offer Settlement Date; you may not use the optional daylight process. Failure to deliver Old Bonds on time may result in any of the following (i) in the cancellation of your tender and in you becoming liable for any damages resulting from that failure, and/or (ii) in the delivery of a buy-in notice for the purchase of such Old Bonds, executed in accordance with customary brokerage practices for corporate fixed income securities, and/or (iii) in the case of Preferred Tender (as defined below), in the cancellation of your tender and in your remaining obligation to purchase your allocation of New Bonds in respect of your related order for New Bonds.  Any holder whose tender is cancelled will not receive the Purchase Price or Accrued Interest.  Holders will not have withdrawal rights with respect to any tenders of Old Bonds in the Tender Offer.  Old Bonds accepted for purchase will be settled on a delivery versus payment basis with the Billing and Delivering Bank on the Tender Offer Settlement Date in accordance with customary brokerage practices for corporate fixed income securities.

To the extent the aggregate Purchase Price would exceed the Maximum Purchase Amount and proration occurs, preference will be given to Tender Orders ("Preferred Tenders") submitted by holders of Old Bonds who (i) place a firm bid for a principal amount of New Bonds equal to the aggregate Purchase Price of Old Bonds tendered in a preferred tender plus Accrued Interest divided by the issue price of the New Bonds (the "Tender Preference Amount") and (ii) specify at the time of submission of the Tender Order that such Tender Order is a preferred tender. 

All Old Bonds that are tendered pursuant to Tender Orders placed through a Dealer Manager and are accepted by Uruguay will be purchased by the Billing and Delivering Bank in such amounts as Uruguay shall determine and subject to the terms and conditions of the Offer to Purchase.  Only the Billing and Delivering Bank will be liable for the payment of the Purchase Price and Accrued Interest for Old Bonds validly tendered and accepted by Uruguay.  Uruguay will not be liable under any circumstances for the payment of the Purchase Price and Accrued Interest for any Old Bonds tendered in the Tender Offer by any holder.   The Billing and Delivery Bank shall only have the obligation to sell to Uruguay the Old Bonds validly tendered and accepted for purchase that the Billing and Delivery Bank has actually purchased pursuant to the Tender Offer on the Tender Offer Settlement Date.  Tender Orders that are not for Permitted Tender Amounts will not be accepted.

The Tender Offer is subject to Uruguay's right, at its sole discretion and subject to applicable law, to instruct the Billing and Delivering Bank to extend, terminate, withdraw, or amend the Tender Offer at any time.  Each of Uruguay and the Billing and Delivering Bank reserves the right, in the sole discretion of each of them, not to accept tenders for any reason.

The Offer to Purchase may be downloaded from the Information Agent's website at http://www.gbsc-usa.com/uruguay or obtained from the Information Agent, Global Bondholder Services Corporation, 65 Broadway - Suite 404, New York, New York 10006 (Tel. +1 (212) 430 3774, or toll free +1 (866) 807-2200) Attention: Corporate Actions, or from any of the Dealer Managers.

The Dealer Managers for the Tender Offer are:

BBVA SECURITIES INC.

 

MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED

MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC.

1345 Avenue of the Americas, 44th Floor

One Bryant Park

1585 Broadway

New York, New York 10105

New York, New York 10036

New York, New York 10036

United States of America

United States of America

United States of America

Attention: Liability Management

Attention:  Liability Management

Attention:  Liability Management

Phone:  +1 212 728-2446

In the United States,

call toll free: +1 800-292-0070

In the United States,

call toll free: +1 800-624-1808

liabilitymanagement@bbva.com

 

Outside the United States,

call collect: +1 646-855-8988

Outside the United States,

call collect: +1 212-761-1057

 

Questions regarding the Tender Offer may be directed to the Dealer Managers at the above contact.

Contact information: 

Global Bondholder Services Corporation


Attention:  Corporate Actions


65 Broadway - Suite 404


New York, NY 10006


Banks and Brokers call: +1 (212) 430-3774

Toll free: +1 (866) 807-2200

website:  http://www.gbsc-usa.com/uruguay/

 

Important Notice

The New Bonds Offering will be made solely by means of an offering memorandum relating to that offering, and this announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an order to buy any New Bonds.  You may not participate in the New Bonds Offering unless you have received and reviewed the offering memorandum related to that offering, and not in reliance on, or on the basis of, this announce or the Offer to Purchase. The New Bonds will be offered only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act, and will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction.

 

This announcement is not an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell the Old Bonds. The Tender Offer will be made only by and pursuant to the terms of the Offer to Purchase, as may be amended or supplemented from time to time.

 

The distribution of materials relating to the New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer, and the transactions contemplated by the New Bonds Offering and Tender Offer, may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions.  Each of the New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer is made only in those jurisdictions where it is legal to do so.  The New Bonds Offering  and the Tender are void in all jurisdictions where they are prohibited.  If materials relating to the New Bonds Offering or the Tender Offer come into your possession, you are required to inform yourself of and to observe all of these restrictions.  The materials relating to the New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer do not constitute, and may not be used in connection with, an offer or solicitation in any place where offers or solicitations are not permitted by law. If a jurisdiction requires that the New Bonds Offering or the Tender Offer be made by a licensed broker or dealer and a Dealer Manager or any affiliate of a Dealer Manager is a licensed broker or dealer in that jurisdiction, the New Bonds Offering or the Tender Offer, as the case may be, shall be deemed to be made by the Dealer Manager or such affiliate in that jurisdiction.  Owners who may lawfully participate in the Tender Offer in accordance with the terms thereof are referred to as "holders."

 

In any EEA Member State this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive. 

The New Bonds are not authorized for public offering under the Austrian Capital Markets Act (Kapitalmarktgesetz) and no public offers or public sales or invitation to make such an offer may be made.  No advertisements may be published and no marketing materials may be made available or distributed in Austria in respect of the New Bonds.  A public offering of the securities in Austria without the prior publication of a prospectus in accordance with the Austrian Capital Market Act would constitute a criminal offense under Austrian law.

In the Bahamas, the New Bonds are being offered and sold only to Accredited Investors (as defined in the Securities Industry Regulations, 2012) and will be subject to the resale restrictions contained in Regulation 117.  As a condition of the purchase of the New Bonds, each purchaser will be required to attest to the purchaser's status as an Accredited Investor acknowledging that the securities purchased are subject to restrictions on resale.

The New Bonds Offering does not constitute a public offering within the meaning of Article 3, §1 of the Belgian Law of June 16, 2006 on public offering of securities and admission of securities to trading on a regulated market (the "Prospectus Law").  The Tender Offer will not constitute a public offering within the meaning of Articles 3, §1, 1° and 6 of the Belgian Law of April 1, 2007 on takeover bids (the "Takeover Law").  The New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer will be exclusively conducted under applicable private placement exemptions and have therefore not been, and will not be, notified to, and any offer material relating to the New Bonds Offering or the Tender Offer has not been, and will not be, approved by, the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (Autorité des services et marchés financiers/Autoriteit voor Financiële Diensten en Markten) The New Bonds Offering as well as the New Bonds Offering materials may only be advertised, offered or distributed in any way, directly or indirectly, to any persons located and/or resident in Belgium who qualify as "Qualified Investors" as defined in Article 10, §1 of the Prospectus Law and who are acting for their own account, or in other circumstances which do not constitute a public offering in Belgium pursuant to the Prospectus Law. The Tender Offer as well as the Tender Offer materials may only be advertised, offered or distributed in any way, directly or indirectly, to any persons located and/or resident in Belgium who qualify as "Qualified Investors" as defined in Article 10, §1 of the Prospectus Law and as referred to in Article 6, §3, 1° of the Takeover Law, and who are acting for their own account, or in other circumstances which do not constitute a public offering in Belgium pursuant to the Takeover Law.

The New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer have not been and will not be approved by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority, as neither constitute a public offer in accordance with the Danish Securities Trading Act nor the Danish executive order on takeover bids.

No prospectus (including any amendment, supplement or replacement thereto) has been prepared in connection with the offering of the New Bonds that has been approved by the French Autorité des marchés financiers or by the competent authority of another State that is a contracting party to the Agreement on the EEA and notified to the French Autorité des marchés financiers and to Uruguay; neither the Tender Offer nor the New Notes have been offered or sold nor will be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, to the public in France; the materials relating to the New Notes have not been distributed or caused to be distributed and will not be distributed or caused to be distributed to the public in France; such offers, sales and distributions have been and shall only be made in France to qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés), as defined in Articles L. 411‑2 and D. 411‑1, of the French Code monétaire et financier who are investing for their own account and are not individuals. The direct or indirect distribution to the public in France of any so acquired New Notes may be made only as provided by Articles L. 411‑1, L. 411‑2, L. 412‑1 and L. 621‑8 to L. 621‑8‑3 of the French Code monétaire et financier and applicable regulations thereunder.  The other legal entities referred to in Articles L. 341‑2 1° and D. 341‑1 of the French Code monétaire et financier are eligible to participate in the Tender Offer.  The Tender Offer has not been and will not be submitted to the clearance procedures (visa) of nor approved by the Autorité des marchés financier.

No action has been or will be taken in the Federal Republic of Germany that would permit a public offering of the securities, or distribution of a prospectus or any other offer materials and that, in particular, no securities prospectus (Wertpapierprospekt) within the meaning of the German Securities Prospectus Act (Wertpapierprospektgesetz) of June 22, 2005, as amended (the "German Securities Prospectus Act"), has been or will be published within the Federal Republic of Germany. In Germany, the New Bonds may not be offered or sold other than to qualified investors within the meaning of § 2(6) of the German Securities Prospectus Act.

With respect to persons in Hong Kong, the New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer are only made to, and are only capable of acceptance by, professional investors within the meaning of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) of Hong Kong (the "SFO") and any rules made thereunder ("professional investors").  No person or entity may issue or have in its possession for the purposes of issue, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere, any advertisement, invitation or document relating to the New Bonds, Old Bonds or the Tender Offer, which is directed at, or the contents of which are likely to be accessed or read by, the public in Hong Kong (except if permitted to do so under the securities laws of Hong Kong, including in circumstances which do not result in the document being a "prospectus" as defined in the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 32) of Hong Kong) other than with respect to Old Bonds which are or are intended to be tendered, or New Bonds which are intended to be purchased, only by persons outside Hong Kong or only by "professional investors" as defined in the SFO and any rules made under thereunder.

In Ireland, the New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer are not being made, directly or indirectly, to the public in Ireland and no offers or sales of any securities under or in connection with the New Bonds Offering or the Tender Offer  may be effected except in conformity with the provisions of Irish law including, but not limited to, (i) the Irish Companies Act 2014, (ii) the Prospectus (Directive 2003/71/EC) Regulations 2012 of Ireland, (iii) the European Communities (Markets & Financial Instruments) Regulations 2007 (as amended) of Ireland; and (iv) the Market Abuse (Directive 2003/6/EC) Regulations of Ireland (as amended).

In Italy, this announcement is only being distributed to and is only directed at, and the Tender Offer documents may only be distributed, directly or indirectly, to qualified investors.

In Luxembourg, this announcement has been prepared on the basis that the New Bond Offering and the Tender Offer will be made pursuant to an exemption under Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive from the requirement to produce a prospectus for offers of securities.

In the Netherlands, the New Bonds may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, other than to qualified investors (gekwalificeerde beleggers) within the meaning of Article 1:1 of the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).

Neither the communication of this announcement nor any other offer material relating to the New Bonds Offering and the Tender Offer has been approved, by an authorized person for the purposes of section 21 of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.  This announcement is only being distributed to and is only directed at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) to investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (as so amended, the "Order") or (iii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Articles 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such other persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.  Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this announcement or any of its contents.

 

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