Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Announces Extension of the Expiration Date for Exchange Offers for Celgene Corporation Notes

Friday, May 24, 2019 6:59 am EDT

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) (“Bristol-Myers Squibb) announced today the extension of the expiration date of the offers to exchange (the “Exchange Offers”) notes (the “Celgene Notes”) issued by Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) (“Celgene”) for up to $19,850,000,000 aggregate principal amount of new notes to be issued by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (the “Bristol-Myers Squibb Notes”) and cash and the related consent solicitations (the “Consent Solicitations”) being made by Bristol-Myers Squibb on behalf of Celgene to adopt certain proposed amendments (the “Amendments”) to the indentures governing the Celgene Notes. Bristol-Myers Squibb hereby extends such expiration date from 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on June 3, 2019, to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 8, 2019 (as the same may be further extended, the “Expiration Date”).

On the early participation date of May 1, 2019, requisite consents were received and supplemental indentures were executed, eliminating substantially all restrictive covenants and certain events of default and other provisions in each of the indentures governing the Celgene Notes. Such supplemental indentures will only become operative upon the settlement date of the Exchange Offers.

The Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations are being made pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the confidential offering memorandum and consent solicitation statement dated April 17, 2019 and the related letter of transmittal hereby, each as amended by the press release dated May 1, 2019 and as amended hereby, and are conditioned upon the closing of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s acquisition of Celgene (the “Merger”), which condition may not be waived by Bristol-Myers Squibb, and certain other conditions that may be waived by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

The settlement date for the Exchange Offers is expected to occur promptly after the Expiration Date and on or about the closing date of the Merger. The closing of the Merger is expected to occur in the third quarter of calendar year 2019. As a result, the Expiration Date may be further extended one or more times. Bristol-Myers Squibb will provide notice of any such extension in advance of the Expiration Date.

Except as described in this press release, all other terms of the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations remain unchanged.

As of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 23, 2019, the principal amounts of Celgene Notes set forth in the table below had been validly tendered and not validly withdrawn:

     
Title of Series

Aggregate
Principal
Amount
Outstanding

Celgene Notes Tendered as of
5:00 p.m., New York City
time, on May 23, 2019

CUSIP Number

Principal

Amount

 

 

Percentage

2.875% Senior Notes due 2020 151020AQ7 $1,500,000,000 $1,059,748,000 70.65%
3.950% Senior Notes due 2020 151020AE4 $ 500,000,000 $437,787,000 87.56%
2.875% Senior Notes due 2021 151020BC7 $ 500,000,000 $417,900,000 83.58%
2.250% Senior Notes due 2021 151020AV6 $ 500,000,000 $473,876,000 94.78%
3.250% Senior Notes due 2022 151020AH7 $1,000,000,000 $771,071,000 77.11%
3.550% Senior Notes due 2022 151020AR5 $1,000,000,000 $865,428,000 86.54%
2.750% Senior Notes due 2023 151020AX2 $ 750,000,000 $696,600,000 92.88%
3.250% Senior Notes due 2023 151020BA1 $1,000,000,000 $910,990,000 91.10%
4.000% Senior Notes due 2023 151020AJ3 $ 700,000,000 $616,077,000 88.01%
3.625% Senior Notes due 2024 151020AP9 $1,000,000,000 $861,647,000 86.16%
3.875% Senior Notes due 2025 151020AS3 $2,500,000,000 $2,351,446,000 94.06%
3.450% Senior Notes due 2027 151020AY0 $1,000,000,000 $919,055,000 91.91%
3.900% Senior Notes due 2028 151020BB9 $1,500,000,000 $1,430,271,000 95.35%
5.700% Senior Notes due 2040 151020AF1 $ 250,000,000 $242,751,000 97.10%
5.250% Senior Notes due 2043 151020AL8 $ 400,000,000 $391,140,000 97.79%
4.625% Senior Notes due 2044 151020AM6 $1,000,000,000 $880,658,000 88.07%
5.000% Senior Notes due 2045 151020AU8 $2,000,000,000 $1,937,329,000 96.87%
4.350% Senior Notes due 2047 151020AW4 $1,250,000,000 $1,121,461,000 89.72%
4.550% Senior Notes due 2048 151020AZ7 $1,500,000,000 $1,320,204,000 88.01%
 

Documents relating to the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations will only be distributed to eligible holders of Celgene Notes who complete and return an eligibility form confirming that they are either a “qualified institutional buyer” under Rule 144A or not a “U.S. person” and outside the United States under Regulation S for purposes of applicable securities laws. Except as amended by the press release dated May 1, 2019 and as amended hereby, the complete terms and conditions of the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations are described in the confidential offering memorandum and consent solicitation statement dated April 17, 2019 and the related letter of transmittal, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the exchange agent and information agent in connection with the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations, at (866) 470 3900 (U.S. toll-free) or (212) 430 3774 (banks and brokers). The eligibility form is available electronically at: https://gbsc-usa.com/eligibility/bristol-myers.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of tenders or consents with respect to, any security. No offer, solicitation, purchase or sale will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations are being made solely pursuant to the confidential offering memorandum and consent solicitation statement dated April 17, 2019 and the related letter of transmittal and only to such persons and in such jurisdictions as are permitted under applicable law.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Notes offered in the Exchange Offers have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws. Therefore, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and any applicable state securities laws.

Cautionary Notes on Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the fact that they use words such as “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “target,” “may,” “project,” “guidance,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe” and others words and terms of similar meaning and expression in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. You can also identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements are likely to relate to, among other things, statements about the consummation of the Merger, projections as to the anticipated benefits thereof and the expected timing of completion of the Exchange Offers and are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from current expectations.

Important risk factors could cause actual future results and other future events to differ materially from those currently estimated by management, including, but not limited to, the risks that: the completion of the Merger may not occur on the anticipated terms and timing or at all; a condition to the closing of the Merger may not be satisfied; the combined company will have substantial indebtedness following the completion of the Merger; Bristol-Myers Squibb is unable to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the Merger; Bristol-Myers Squibb is unable to promptly and effectively integrate Celgene’s businesses; management’s time and attention is diverted on transaction related issues; disruption from the transaction makes it more difficult to maintain business, contractual and operational relationships; the credit ratings of the combined company decline following the Merger; legal proceedings are instituted against Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene or the combined company; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene or the combined company is unable to retain key personnel; and the announcement or the consummation of the Merger has a negative effect on the market price of the capital stock of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene or on Bristol-Myers Squibb’s and Celgene’s operating results.

Additional information concerning these risks, uncertainties and assumptions can be found in Bristol-Myers Squibb’s and Celgene’s respective filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the risk factors discussed in Bristol-Myers Squibb’s and Celgene’s most recent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, as updated by their Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and future filings with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Bristol-Myers Squibb undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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