Nielsen Holdings plc announced that, according to information provided by D.F. King & Co., Inc. (“D.F. King“), the Information and Tender Agent for the Offerors’ (as defined below) previously announced cash tender offers (collectively, the “Tender Offer“) and consent solicitations (collectively, the “Consent Solicitation“), as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 7, 2022, the Offerors had received tenders and consents from holders of $477,344,000 in aggregate principal amount of The Nielsen Company (Luxembourg) S.à r.l.’s (the “Luxembourg Issuer“) outstanding 5.000% Senior Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes“), representing approximately 95.47% of the total outstanding principal amount of the 2025 Notes, and tenders and consents from holders of $922,135,000 in aggregate principal amount of Nielsen Finance LLC and Nielsen Finance Co.’s (together, the “US Issuers” and, together with the Luxembourg Issuer, the “Offerors“) outstanding 5.625% Senior Notes due 2028 (the “2028 Notes“), representing approximately 92.21% of the total outstanding principal amount of the 2028 Notes, from holders of $617,305,000 in aggregate principal amount of the US Issuers’ 4.500% Senior Notes due 2029 (the “2029 Notes“), representing approximately 98.77% of the total outstanding principal amount of the 2029 Notes, from holders of $693,770,000 in aggregate principal amount of the US Issuers’ 5.875% Senior Notes due 2030 (the “2030 Notes“), representing approximately 92.50% of the total outstanding principal amount of the 2030 Notes and from holders of $609,817,000 in aggregate principal amount of the US Issuers’ 4.750% Senior Notes due 2031 (the “2031 Notes” and collectively with the 2025 Notes, 2028 Notes, 2029 Notes and 2030 Notes, the “Notes“), representing approximately 97.57% of the total outstanding principal amount of the 2031 Notes.
As a result of receiving the requisite consents, the Offerors and the trustee under each applicable indenture executed supplemental indentures relating to the Notes on September 7, 2022 (collectively, the “Supplemental Indentures“) to effect the proposed amendments (the “Proposed Amendments“). The Proposed Amendments eliminate the requirement to make a “Change of Control Offer” in connection with the acquisition of the Company pursuant to the Transaction Agreement, dated March 28, 2022, as amended on August 19, 2022, by and among the Company, Neptune Intermediate Jersey Limited and Neptune BidCo US Inc., as further amended from time to time (the “Acquisition“), and make certain other customary changes for a privately-held company to the “Change of Control” provisions in the indentures governing the Notes. Each Supplemental Indenture provides that the Proposed Amendments will not become operative unless and until the Luxembourg Issuer or the US Issuers, as applicable, notify the trustee of the applicable indenture that the Notes under such Indenture, representing at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the respective Notes outstanding under such Indenture, have been accepted for purchase by the Offerors pursuant to the terms of the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation.
Consummation of the Tender Offer and payment for the Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Tender Offer are subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including, but not limited to, the consummation of the Acquisition. The Offerors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to waive any and all conditions to the Tender Offer. The Offerors intend to further extend the Expiration Date, without extending the September 7, 2022 Withdrawal Deadline (unless required by law), to have the Settlement Date coincide with the completion of the Acquisition. The completion of the Acquisition and settlement for the Notes tendered and not validly withdrawn is currently expected to occur in October 2022. Concurrently with, but separate from the Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation, the Offerors commenced offers to purchase for cash any and all of the Offerors’ Notes at a purchase price equal to 101% of the aggregate principal amount of each series of Notes repurchased (collectively, the “Change of Control Offer“), plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the date of purchase. Because the requisite consents with respect to each series of Notes have been received and each Supplemental Indenture has been executed, the Offerors are terminating the Change of Control Offer.
Except as set forth herein, all other terms, provisions and conditions of the Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation will remain in full force and effect as set forth in the Offerors’ Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement, dated August 24, 2022 (as amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Statement“). The complete terms and conditions of the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation are described in the Statement, copies of which may be obtained at no charge from D.F. King. All capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the same meaning ascribed to them in the Statement. The Offerors reserve the right to further amend the terms of the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation, to further extend the Expiration Date for the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation or to waive any and all conditions to the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation, in its sole discretion, at any time.
Requests for documents relating to the Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation may be directed to D.F. King & Co, Inc., the Information and Tender Agent, toll free at (888) 541-9895, toll at (212) 269-5550 (Banks and Brokers) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. BofA Securities, Inc. (“BofA Securities“) is acting as Dealer Manager for the Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation. Questions regarding the Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation may be directed to BofA Securities at (980) 388-3646 (collect) or (888) 292-0070 (toll free).
This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell, or a solicitation of consents with respect to, any security. No offer, solicitation or purchase will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or purchase would be unlawful. The Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation is being made solely by the Statement. The full details of the Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation, including complete instructions on how to tender the Notes, are included in the Statement. Holders of the Notes are strongly encouraged to carefully read the Statement because it contains important information.
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