CoBank Announces Final Results And Definitive Prices For Its Debt Tender Offer

Dec 13, 2012, 08:00 ET from CoBank

DENVER, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit System associations throughout the United States, today announced the final results and definitive prices for its previously announced modified "Dutch Auction" cash tender offer (the "Offer") for up to $150 million aggregate principal amount (the "Tender Cap") of its 7.875% Subordinated Notes due 2018 (the "Subordinated Notes").

The purpose of the Offer is to retire a portion of CoBank's outstanding public debt and, in so doing, reduce the overall level and cost of its indebtedness.

Pursuant to the terms of the Offer, the Offer expired at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 12, 2012 (the "Expiration Date"). As of the Expiration Date, CoBank received tenders for $95,315,000 aggregate principal amount of the Subordinated Notes. All such Subordinated Notes have been accepted for purchase pursuant to the terms of the Offer. Payment for Subordinated Notes tendered and accepted for purchase is expected to be made today.

Based on the terms of the Offer, CoBank determined the clearing spread, reference yield, tender yield, Total Consideration and Tender Offer Consideration as follows:

Title of Security

CUSIP Number

Principal Amount Outstanding (MM)

Principal Amount Accepted (MM)

Clearing Spread

Reference Yield

Tender Yield

Total Consideration


Tender Offer Consideration

7.875% Subordinated Notes due 2018









(1)  Per $1,000 principal amount of Subordinated Notes validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Date and accepted for purchase.

In addition, holders whose Subordinated Notes are accepted for purchase will receive a cash payment representing the accrued and unpaid interest on those Subordinated Notes from the last interest payment date to, but not including, the payment date for Subordinated Notes purchased in the Offer.

CoBank has retained Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to act as Dealer Manager for the Offer. Global Bondholder Services Corporation has been retained to act as both the Depositary for the Offer and as the Information Agent for the Offer. For additional information regarding the terms of the Offer, please contact: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC at (800) 624-1808 (toll-free) or (212) 761-1057 (collect). Requests for documents and questions regarding the tendering of Subordinated Notes may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (212) 430-3774 (for banks and brokers only) or (866) 540-1500 (for all others toll-free).

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, the Subordinated Notes. No offer, solicitation, purchase or sale will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful. The Offer is being made solely pursuant to the Offer to Purchase for Cash dated November 14, 2012 and the related Letter of Transmittal made available to holders of the Subordinated Notes.

About CoBank

CoBank is a $90 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.

CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation's rural economy. Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.

For more information about CoBank, visit the bank's web site at


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  • Potential deterioration in the agricultural, energy, communications, water and leasing industries;
  • Weather-related, disease and other adverse climatic or biological conditions that periodically occur that impact agricultural productivity and income, including the impact of drought in many parts of the United States which may negatively affect certain customer sectors;
  • Credit performance of the loan portfolio;
  • Loan portfolio growth and seasonal factors;
  • Weak U.S. and global economic conditions;
  • Government policies and developments in the United States and other countries in which we make loans;
  • The European sovereign debt crisis and its potential impact on funding markets;
  • Legislative actions and the effect of banking and financial services reforms;
  • Regulatory actions, including possible amendments to, and interpretations of, risk-based capital guidelines;
  • Changes in the U.S. government's support of the agriculture industry and agricultural exports;
  • Actions taken by the U.S. Congress relative to Government Sponsored Enterprises, including the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation;
  • Actions taken by the U.S. government to manage fiscal policy;
  • Actions taken by the Federal Reserve to manage the monetary policy of the United States;
  • A decrease in the credit outlook or ratings of U.S. government debt and agency debt, including Farm Credit System debt securities;
  • The level of interest rates;
  • Relationships between various interest rate indices;
  • Changes in assumptions underlying the valuations of financial instruments;
  • Changes in the bases for our estimates underlying the allowance for credit losses;
  • Failure of our investment portfolio to perform as expected or deterioration in the credit quality of such investments;
  • The resolution of legal proceedings and related matters;
  • Environmental-related conditions or laws impacting our lending activities;
  • Nonperformance by counterparties to our derivative positions; and
  • Our ability to successfully execute and integrate any future business combinations or strategic alliances.

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For additional information on CoBank and the factors that could cause CoBank's actual results or financial condition to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements consult CoBank's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its Quarterly Report for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and should not be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date.  We do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.