(PR title cont'd) ... pre-announces third quarter revenues for ams business of USD 564 million, near the top end of the expectation range
In connection with the Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement ("DPLTA") concluded with OSRAM Licht AG (“OSRAM”) and the envisaged ultimate full integration of OSRAM, ams intends to issue Convertible Bonds (“Bonds”) and enter into a new bridge facility, cancelling out existing bridge facilities
Convertible Bonds to have an expected maturity of 7 years, with the timing and terms of placement, if any, determined subject to market conditions
Intended transactions build a diversified, long-term funding structure maximizing financial flexibility for ams
ams’ business recorded third quarter revenues of USD 564 million, near the top end of expectation range; full consolidated third quarter results to be published on 6 November
Premstaetten, Austria (8 October 2020) -- ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, announces that its Management Board has resolved today, subject to the consent of the Supervisory Board, to exclude subscription rights in view of a potential placement of Convertible Bonds (the "Bonds"). The Bonds with an expected maturity of seven years shall be convertible into existing ordinary no par value bearer shares or new ordinary no par value bearer shares from the Company's conditional capital equal to up to 10% of the current issued and outstanding share capital. The net proceeds of the Bonds will be used to secure funding in relation to the envisaged ultimate full acquisition of OSRAM Licht AG (“OSRAM”) as well as for general corporate purposes. The timing and terms of the placement of the Bonds, if any, will be determined subject to market conditions.
In addition to the potential issuance of the Bonds, ams is in preparations to enter into a new up to EUR 750 million bridge facility with a consortium of banks, cancelling out the existing bridge facilities.
The intended issuance of the Bonds and envisaged new bridge facility will together serve to secure comprehensive funding to implement the DPLTA as well as subsequent steps in order to realize the full integration of OSRAM. In line with ams’ long-term funding strategy and prudent balance sheet management, the above-mentioned transactions will complement the term profile of existing debt and maximize financial flexibility for ams.
Demonstrating a strong quarterly development, ams also announces third quarter 2020 revenues for ams’ business excluding OSRAM of USD 564 million, near the top end of the stated expectation range. As previously announced, ams will publish full consolidated third quarter results on 6 November 2020.
A notice (Hinweisbekanntmachung) of the report by the Management Board on the exclusion of subscription rights in relation to the potential issuance of the Bonds, as required by Austrian law, is being published in the Vienna Gazette (Amtsblatt der Wiener Zeitung) on or about Friday, 9 October 2020.
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