U.S.J. - Açúcar e Álcool S.A. Announces Exchange Offer And Consent Solicitation For Any And All Of Its 9.875% Senior Notes Due 2019

15 Mar, 2016, 11:27 ET from U.S.J. - Acucar e Alcool S.A.

SAO PAULO, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S.J. – Açúcar e Álcool S.A. ("the Company"), announced today that it has commenced a private exchange offer (the "Exchange Offer") for any and all of its outstanding 9.875% Senior Notes due 2019 (the "Existing Notes") for its newly issued 9.875%/12.00% Senior Secured PIK Toggle Notes due 2019 (the "New Notes").

Eligible Holders (as defined below) who validly tender their Existing Notes and deliver their consents on or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 28, 2016, unless extended (the "Early Expiration Date"), will receive U.S.$650.00 in principal amount of New Notes for each U.S.$1,000 in principal amount of Existing Notes accepted for exchange. Eligible Holders who validly tender their Existing Notes on or prior to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on April 11, 2016, unless extended (the "Expiration Date"), but after the early expiration date, will receive U.S.$600.00 in principal amount of New Notes for each U.S.$1,000 in principal amount of Existing Notes accepted for exchange. The amount of New Notes to be issued to any holder will be issued in minimum denominations of U.S.$200,000 and integral multiples of U.S.$1,000 above such amount and will be rounded down to the nearest U.S.$1,000.

Concurrently with the Exchange Offer, the Company is soliciting consents (the "Consent Solicitation" and, together with the Exchange Offer, the "Offer") to certain proposed amendments with respect to the indenture dated as of November 9, 2012, by and among the Company, the guarantor party thereto and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee, and The Bank of New York Mellon (Ireland) Limited, as Irish paying agent, pursuant to which the Existing Notes were issued (the "Existing Notes Indenture"). The proposed amendments will eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants and certain events of default and related provisions under the Existing Notes Indenture. Any Eligible Holder who tenders Existing Notes for exchange must also deliver its consent to the proposed amendments.

Tendered Existing Notes may not be withdrawn and consents may not be revoked subsequent to the time of execution and delivery of the supplemental indenture containing the proposed amendments to the Existing Notes Indenture, except as required by applicable law. Prior to such time, if a holder withdraws its tendered Existing Notes, such holder will be deemed to have revoked its consents and may not deliver consents without re-tendering its Existing Notes.

The consummation of the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation are conditioned upon the valid tender, without subsequent withdrawal, of at least 90% of the aggregate principal amount of the outstanding Existing Notes. The consummation of the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation are also subject to the perfection of the mortgage on the collateral securing the New Notes and the receipt of required waivers from certain creditors to permit the Company to issue the New Notes and perfect the mortgage on the collateral securing the New Notes, and the satisfaction or waiver of certain other conditions. In addition, the Company has the right to terminate or withdraw the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation and extend the Expiration Date or Early Expiration Date in its sole discretion, subject to applicable law.

The Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation (as defined below) is being made, and the New Notes are being offered and will be issued, only (a) in the United States to holders of Existing Notes who are "qualified institutional buyers" (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act")) and (b) outside the United States to holders of Existing Notes who are persons other than U.S. persons in reliance upon Regulation S under the Securities Act. The holders of Existing Notes who have certified to the Company that they are eligible to participate in the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation pursuant to at least one of the foregoing conditions are referred to as "Eligible Holders."

The Exchange Offer and the New Notes have not been, and will not be, registered with the Brazilian Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM). The Exchange Offer and the New Notes are not offered or sold in Brazil, except in circumstances that do not constitute a public offering or unauthorized distribution under Brazilian laws and regulations.

The New Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws.  Accordingly, the New Notes will be subject to restrictions on transferability and resale and may not be transferred or resold except as permitted under the Securities Act and other applicable securities laws, pursuant to registration or exemption therefrom.

This press release is neither an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy any security. This press release is also not a solicitation of any consent to the proposed amendments to the Existing Notes Indenture. The Offer is being made solely pursuant to the offering memorandum. No recommendation is made as to whether the holders of Existing Notes should tender their Existing Notes for exchange and deliver their consents in the Offer.

D.F. King & Co., Inc. has been appointed as the information agent and the exchange agent for the Offer. Holders may contact the information agent to request the eligibility letter at (212) 269-5550 or toll free at (877) 283-0318.

NOTICE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and are not guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the Company that may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on information currently available to the Company's management, the Company cannot guarantee future results or events. The Company expressly disclaims a duty to update any of the forward-looking statements.

 

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