Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ) announced today the early tender results of the previously announced cash tender offer (the Tender Offer) of its subsidiary Lazard Group LLC (Lazard Group) for up to $250 million aggregate principal amount (the Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount) of its outstanding 4.250% Senior Notes due November 14, 2020 (the Notes).
The Tender Offer is being made upon the terms and conditions in the Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal dated September 12, 2018.
As of the previously announced early tender date and time of 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on September 25, 2018 (such date and time, the Early Tender Date), according to information provided by D.F. King & Co., Inc., the tender and information agent for the Tender Offer (the Tender and Information Agent), the aggregate principal amount and percentage of the Notes set forth in the table below had been validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the Tender Offer. The withdrawal deadline of 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on September 25, 2018 has passed, and the Notes tendered pursuant to the Tender Offer may no longer be validly withdrawn.
|Title of Security||CUSIP/ISIN Nos.||Principal Amount Outstanding||UST Reference Security||Bloomberg Reference Page||Fixed Spread(1)||Principal Amount Tendered||Percent of Outstanding Principal Amount Tendered|
|4.250% Senior Notes due 2020||52107QAF2 / US52107QAF28||$500,000,000||2.625% UST|
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|(1)||The Total Consideration (as defined below) for Notes validly tendered prior to or at the Early Tender Date and accepted for purchase is calculated using the Fixed Spread (as defined below), which is inclusive of an early tender premium of $30 per $1,000 principal amount of the Notes.|
As previously announced, only holders who validly tendered and did not subsequently validly withdraw their Notes prior to or at the Early Tender Date are eligible to receive the Total Consideration. The Total Consideration for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn will be determined in the manner described in the Offer to Purchase by reference to the fixed spread listed above (the Fixed Spread) plus the yield to maturity based on the bid-side price of the UST Reference Security listed above, as quoted on the applicable page on the Bloomberg Bond Trader FIT1 series of pages, or any recognized quotation source selected by the Lead Dealer Manager (as defined below) in its sole discretion if such quotation report is not available or manifestly erroneous, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on September 26, 2018, unless extended by Lazard Group. The Early Settlement Date is expected to occur on September 28, 2018, the third business day following the Early Tender Date. In addition to the Total Consideration, holders who validly tendered and did not subsequently validly withdraw their Notes prior to or at the Early Tender Date and whose Notes are accepted for purchase by Lazard Group will receive accrued and unpaid interest up to, but not including, the Early Settlement Date.
Because purchasing all of the Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to or at the Early Tender Date would cause the Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount to be exceeded, Lazard Group will not accept for purchase all of the Notes tendered prior to or at the Early Tender Date. Rather, Lazard Group will accept such Notes for purchase on the Early Settlement Date on a prorated basis, using a proration rate of approximately 0.61653634. Lazard Group will accept for purchase the aggregate principal amount of Notes tendered by a holder multiplied by the applicable proration rate and then rounded down to the nearest $1,000 increment.
Although the Tender Offer is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on October 10, 2018, Lazard Group does not expect to accept for purchase any Notes tendered after the Early Tender Date because the aggregate principal amount of Notes that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of the Early Tender Date exceeded the Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount.
The closing of the Tender Offer is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions as set forth in the Offer to Purchase. Lazard Group reserves the right, subject to applicable law, to (i) waive any and all conditions to the Tender Offer, (ii) extend or terminate the Tender Offer, (iii) increase or decrease the Aggregate Maximum Tender Amount, or (iv) otherwise amend the Tender Offer in any respect.
This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell the Notes. The Tender Offer is being made solely by means of the Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal dated September 12, 2018. The Tender Offer is void in all jurisdictions where it is prohibited. In those jurisdictions where the securities, blue sky or other laws require the Tender Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Tender Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Lazard Group by the Dealer Managers (as defined below) or one or more registered brokers or dealers licensed under the laws of such jurisdictions.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is acting as the lead dealer manager (the Lead Dealer Manager) and Lazard Fr¨res & Co. LLC is acting as co-dealer manager (together with the Lead Dealer Manager, the Dealer Managers) for the Tender Offer. Requests for documents may be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc., the Tender and Information Agent, by telephone at (800) 283-2170, in writing at Attn: Andrew Beck, 48 Wall Street, 22nd Floor, New York, New York, 10005 or by email at [email protected]. Questions regarding the Tender Offer may be directed to the Dealer Managers as follows: Citigroup Global Markets Inc. may be contacted by telephone at (800) 558-3745 (toll-free) or (212) 723-6106 (collect) or in writing at Attn: Liability Management Group, 388 Greenwich Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10013; and Lazard Fr¨res & Co. LLC may be contacted by telephone at (877) 364-0850 or in writing at Attn: Liability Management Group, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10112. None of Lazard Group or its affiliates, their respective boards of directors, the Dealer Managers, the Tender and Information Agent or the trustee for the Notes makes any recommendation as to whether holders should tender any of their Notes. Holders must make their own decision as to whether to tender any of their Notes and, if so, the principal amount of their Notes to tender.
Lazard, one of the worlds preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 43 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals.
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