HOUSTON, Dec. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Occidental (NYSE: OXY) today announced that, in connection with its offers to purchase for cash (collectively, the “Tender Offers” and each a “Tender Offer”) the outstanding senior notes listed in the table below and Consent Solicitations (as defined below), it is increasing (i) the maximum aggregate purchase price of Notes (as defined below) it will accept for purchase, excluding accrued but unpaid interest (as amended herein, the “Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price”), from the previously announced amount of $1.5 billion to $2 billion and (ii) the maximum aggregate purchase price of its 2.70% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “2.70% 2023 Notes”) it will accept for purchase, excluding accrued but unpaid interest, from the previously announced amount of $150 million to $500 million (as amended herein, the “Sub-Cap”). Additionally, Occidental announced that it is amending the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations to condition its obligation to accept for purchase and to pay for any of the Notes in the Tender Offers on its receipt of proceeds from an issuance of senior unsecured debt securities (the “Concurrent Offering”) with an aggregate principal amount of at least $2 billion on terms and subject to conditions reasonably satisfactory to Occidental, an increase from the previously announced condition requiring an issuance of senior unsecured debt securities with an aggregate principal amount of at least $1.5 billion (as amended hereby, the “Financing Condition”).
The Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations are being made upon the terms and conditions described in Occidental’s Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement, dated December 7, 2020 (the “Offer to Purchase”), as amended by this press release.
|Dollars per $1,000 Principal |
Amount of Notes
|Series of Notes||CUSIP Number/ISIN||Aggregate|
|Acceptance Priority Level||Tender Offer Consideration(1) |
|Early Tender Premium |
|2.600% Senior Notes due 2021||674599CU7 / US674599CU76||$350,095,000||1||$962.50||$50.00||$1,012.50|
|3.125% Senior Notes due 2022||674599CC7 / US674599CC78||$813,690,000||2||$967.50||$50.00||$1,017.50|
|2.600% Senior Notes due 2022||674599CK9 / US674599CK94||$228,645,000||3||$955.00||$50.00||$1,005.00|
|2.700% Senior Notes due 2022||674599CP8 / US674599CP81||$1,898,445,000||4||$962.50||$50.00||$1,012.50|
|2.70% Senior Notes due 2023||674599CE3 / US674599CE35||$1,139,042,000||5||$945.00||$50.00||$995.00|
(1) Does not include accrued but unpaid interest, which will also be payable as provided in the Offer to Purchase.
(2) Includes the Early Tender Premium (as defined below).
Occidental is offering to purchase its 2.600% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “2.600% 2021 Notes”), 3.125% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “3.125% 2022 Notes”), 2.600% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “2.600% 2022 Notes”), 2.700% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “2.700% 2022 Notes”) and 2.70% 2023 Notes (the 2.70% 2023 Notes together with the 2.600% 2021 Notes, the 3.125% 2022 Notes, the 2.600% 2022 Notes and the 2.700% 2022 Notes, the “Notes”).
Subject to the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price, the Sub-Cap and proration, the amount of a series of Notes that is purchased in the Tender Offers on the Early Settlement Date or the Settlement Date, as applicable (each defined below), will be based on the order of priority (the “Acceptance Priority Levels”) for the Notes as set forth in the table above.
The Tender Offers will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on January 5, 2021, unless extended or terminated by Occidental (the “Expiration Date”). No tenders submitted after the Expiration Date will be valid. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations, the consideration for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offers will be the applicable tender offer consideration for such series of Notes set forth in the above table (with respect to each series of Notes, the “Tender Offer Consideration”). Holders of Notes that are validly tendered at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 18, 2020 (subject to extension, the “Early Tender Time”) and accepted for purchase pursuant to the applicable Tender Offer will receive the applicable Tender Offer Consideration and the applicable early tender premium for such series of Notes as set forth in the table above (the “Early Tender Premium,” and, together with the applicable Tender Offer Consideration, the “Total Consideration”). Holders of Notes tendering their Notes after the Early Tender Time will receive the applicable Tender Offer Consideration but will not be eligible to receive the Early Tender Premium. All holders of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase pursuant to the Tender Offers will also receive accrued and unpaid interest on such Notes from the last interest payment date with respect to those Notes to, but not including, the Early Settlement Date or Settlement Date, as applicable.
Notes that have been tendered may be withdrawn from the applicable Tender Offer prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 18, 2020 (subject to extension, the “Withdrawal Deadline”). Holders of Notes tendered after the Withdrawal Deadline cannot withdraw their Notes or revoke their consents under a Consent Solicitation unless Occidental is required to extend withdrawal rights under applicable law. If Occidental increases the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price or the Sub-Cap (as described below), it does not expect to extend the applicable Withdrawal Deadline, subject to applicable law.
Subject to the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price, the Sub-Cap and proration, Occidental will purchase any Notes that have been validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Time and accepted in the applicable Tender Offer promptly following the Early Tender Time (such date, the “Early Settlement Date”). The Early Settlement Date is expected to occur on the second business day following the Early Tender Time. Settlement for Notes validly tendered after the Early Tender Time, but at or prior to the Expiration Date and accepted for purchase in the applicable Tender Offer, will be promptly following the Expiration Date (such date, the “Settlement Date”). The Settlement Date is expected to occur on the second business day following the Expiration Date.
If an aggregate principal amount of Notes validly tendered prior to the Early Tender Time is such that the aggregate purchase price for such Notes equals or exceeds the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price, excluding accrued but unpaid interest, Occidental will not accept for purchase any Notes tendered after the applicable Early Tender Time and will, subject to the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price and the Sub-Cap, accept for purchase only the Notes validly tendered before the Early Tender Time pursuant to the Acceptance Priority Levels. Acceptance for tenders of Notes of a series may be subject to proration if the aggregate principal amount of such series of Notes validly tendered would result in an aggregate purchase price that exceeds the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price or the Sub-Cap.
As part of the Tender Offers, Occidental is also soliciting consents (the “Consent Solicitations”) from the holders of the Notes for certain proposed amendments (the “Proposed Amendments”) described in the Offer to Purchase that would, among other things, eliminate certain of the restrictive covenants contained in the indentures governing the Notes. Adoption of the Proposed Amendments with respect to each series of Notes requires the requisite consent applicable to such series of Notes as described in the Offer to Purchase (the “Requisite Consent”). Each holder tendering Notes pursuant to the Tender Offers must also deliver consents to the Proposed Amendments pursuant to the related Consent Solicitation and will be deemed to have delivered their consents by virtue of such tender. Holders may not deliver consents without also tendering their Notes. The Proposed Amendments relating to a series of Notes will not become operative until (i) Notes of such series satisfying the Requisite Consent have been validly tendered and (ii) Occidental consummates the Tender Offer with respect to such series of Notes in accordance with its terms and in a manner resulting in the purchase of all Notes of such series validly tendered before the Early Tender Time (if the aggregate purchase price, excluding accrued but unpaid interest, of Notes validly tendered before the Early Tender Time equals or exceeds the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price) or before the Expiration Date (if it does not). If the Proposed Amendments become operative with respect to a series of Notes, outstanding Notes of that series will no longer have the benefit of certain restrictive covenants contained in the applicable indenture. In addition, such holders will not receive either the Tender Offer Consideration or the Early Tender Premium.
The Tender Offers are not conditioned on the tender of any minimum principal amount of Notes, the consummation of any other Tender Offer or obtaining any Requisite Consent. The Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations are subject to, and conditioned upon, the satisfaction or waiver of certain other conditions described in the Offer to Purchase, including the Financing Condition (as amended hereby). As set forth in the Offer to Purchase, Occidental reserves the right, but is under no obligation, to further increase the Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price and/or the Sub-Cap, or amend the Financing Condition, at any time, subject to compliance with applicable law.
RBC Capital Markets, LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., and SG Americas Securities, LLC are the lead Dealer Managers and lead Solicitation Agents in the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations, and BofA Securities, Inc., MUFG Securities Americas Inc. and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. are the co-Dealer Managers and co-Solicitation Agents in the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations. Global Bondholder Services Corporation has been retained to serve as the Tender Agent and Information Agent for the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations. Persons with questions regarding the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations should contact RBC Capital Markets, LLC at (toll free) (877) 381-2099 or (US) (212) 618-7843, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at (toll free) (866) 834-4666 or (collect) (212) 834-2045, Barclays Capital Inc. at (toll-free) (800) 438-3242 or (collect) (212) 528-7581, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. at (toll free) (888) HSBC-4LM or (collect) (212) 525-5552 or SG Americas Securities, LLC at (toll free) (855) 881-2108 or (collect) (212) 278-7886. Requests for the Offer to Purchase should be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (banks or brokers) (212) 430-3774 or (toll free) (866) 807-2200 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
None of Occidental, the Dealer Managers and Solicitation Agents, the Tender Agent and Information Agent, the trustee under the indentures governing the Notes or any of their respective affiliates is making any recommendation as to whether holders should tender any Notes in response to the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations. Holders must make their own decision as to whether to participate in the Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations and, if so, the principal amount of Notes as to which action is to be taken.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation to buy or an offer to purchase or sell any securities. Neither this press release nor the Offer to Purchase is an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy debt securities in the Concurrent Offering or any other securities. The Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations are being made only pursuant to the Offer to Purchase and only in such jurisdictions as is permitted under applicable law. In any jurisdiction in which the Tender Offers are required to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Tender Offers will be deemed to be made on behalf of Occidental by the Dealer Managers, or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.
Occidental is an international energy company with operations in the United States, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. We are one of the largest oil producers in the U.S., including a leading producer in the Permian and DJ basins, and offshore Gulf of Mexico. Our midstream and marketing segment provides flow assurance and maximizes the value of our oil and gas. Our chemical subsidiary OxyChem manufactures the building blocks for life-enhancing products. Our Oxy Low Carbon Ventures subsidiary is advancing leading-edge technologies and business solutions that economically grow our business while reducing emissions. We are committed to using our global leadership in carbon dioxide management to advance a lower-carbon world. Visit oxy.com for more information.
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|Melissa E. Schoeb||Jeff Alvarez|