Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC) (the “Company” or “Semtech”) today announced the pricing of $250 million in aggregate principal amount of its 4.00% convertible senior notes due 2028 (the “Notes”) to eligible purchasers in a private placement (the “Placement”) that is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
The sale of the Notes is expected to close on or about October 26, 2023, subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to result in $242.5 million in net proceeds to the Company, after deducting commissions but before deducting estimated expenses payable by the Company.
Semtech intends to use the net proceeds of the Placement, together with cash on hand, in order to prepay term loans outstanding under the Company’s senior credit facilities and to pay any fees and expenses relating thereto or to the Placement.
The Notes will be senior, unsecured obligations of Semtech, and will bear interest at a rate of 4.00% per annum, payable semiannually in arrears on May 1 and November 1 of each year, beginning on May 1, 2024. The Notes will mature on November 1, 2028, unless earlier converted, redeemed or repurchased. The Notes will be jointly and severally and fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by each of Semtech’s current and future direct and indirect wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee Semtech’s borrowings under its senior credit facilities.
The initial conversion rate for the Notes is 49.0810 shares of Semtech’s common stock per $1,000 principal amount of Notes (which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $20.37 per share, which represents a premium of approximately 27.5% over the last reported sale price per share of Semtech’s common stock on October 19, 2023). Prior to August 1, 2028, the Notes will be convertible at the option of the holders only upon the occurrence of specified events and during specified periods, and thereafter until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date, the Notes will be convertible at any time. Semtech will settle conversions by paying cash up to the aggregate principal amount of the Notes being converted and paying or delivering, as the case may be, cash, shares of Semtech’s common stock or a combination of cash and shares of Semtech’s common stock, at Semtech’s election, in respect of the remainder, if any, of Semtech’s conversion obligation in excess of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes being converted, based on the then applicable conversion rate.
The Notes will be redeemable, in whole or in part (subject to certain limitations), for cash at Semtech’s option at any time, and from time to time, on or after November 5, 2026, and before the 41st scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date, but only if the last reported sale price per share of Semtech’s common stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price for the Notes for a specified period of time at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the redemption date.
Neither the Notes, the guarantees nor the shares of Semtech’s common stock potentially issuable upon conversion of the Notes, if any, have been, or will be, registered under the Securities Act, the securities laws of any other jurisdiction or any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws. The Notes will be offered and sold only to eligible purchasers who are both qualified institutional buyers within the meaning of Rule 144A under the Securities Act and accredited investors within the meaning of Rule 501(a) under the Securities Act, in reliance on Section 4(a)(2) under the Securities Act. This news release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, the Notes or the guarantees, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes or the guarantees in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. No assurance can be made that the Placement will be consummated on its proposed terms or at all.
Semtech Corporation is a high-performance semiconductor, IoT systems, and cloud connectivity service provider dedicated to delivering high-quality technology solutions that enable a smarter, more connected, and sustainable planet. Our global teams are committed to empowering solution architects and application developers to develop breakthrough products for the infrastructure, industrial and consumer markets.
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
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