Panama Announces Satisfaction Of Financing Condition And Results Of Its Cash Invitation

Nov 26, 2013, 12:49 ET from Republic of Panama

PANAMA CITY, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Republic of Panama ("Panama") announced today that the Financing Condition (as defined below) has been satisfied for its previously announced cash invitation (the "Cash Invitation") to eligible holders of its 7.250% Global Bonds due 2015 (ISIN:  US698299AU88; CUSIP:  698299AU8; Common Code:  020635525) (the "2015 Bonds") to submit offers to sell the 2015 Bonds for cash.  Panama will complete the purchase of 2015 Bonds submitted in the Cash Invitation upon the terms and subject to the conditions described in the invitation document dated November 14, 2013 (the "Cash Invitation Document"). 

Accordingly, Panama has accepted for purchase U.S$583,598,000 principal amount of the 2015 Bonds that were submitted in the Cash Invitation. The final proration factor is 84.75%

The cash amount that will be paid for each U.S.$1,000 principal amount of the 2015 Bonds accepted by Panama will be U.S.$1,091.61, plus accrued and unpaid interest.  

The settlement date for the 2015 Bonds accepted by Panama pursuant to the Cash Invitation is expected to be today.

The Cash Invitation was conditioned upon the settlement of an issue of local Panamanian bonds or another financing, or a combination thereof, in any such case in an amount and on terms and conditions satisfactory to Panama (the "Financing Condition").

Copies of the Cash Invitation Document may be obtained free of charge by eligible participants from the Information and Tender Agent by visiting the Cash Invitation website at  The settlement of the Cash Invitation remains subject to the terms and conditions described in the Cash Invitation Document.  

Information and Tender Agent

The information and tender agent for the Cash Invitation is Bondholder Communications Group, LLC.

Bondholder Communications Group, LLC is located at 30 Broad St., 46th Floor, New York, NY 10004 (Attention:  Ramona Peters).  Bondholder Communications Group, LLC can be reached at the following numbers:  1‑888‑385‑2663 (toll free); +1‑212‑809‑2663 (call collect).

Joint Dealer Managers

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as Joint Dealer Managers for the Cash Invitation.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. can be reached by telephone at the following numbers: +1- 800-558-3745 (toll free); +1- 212-723-6108 (call collect).

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC can be reached by telephone at the following numbers: +1-866-846-2874 (toll free), +1-212-834-7279 (call collect).

Important Notice

This release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell or buy any securities of Panama in any transaction. Panama is making the Cash Invitation only in those jurisdictions where it is legal to do so.  The Cash Invitation is void in all jurisdictions where it is prohibited. Neither the Cash Invitation Document nor any related documents have been filed with, and have not been approved or reviewed by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority of any country. No authority has passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the offer to purchase or any related documents, and it is unlawful and may be a criminal offense to make any representation to the contrary.  If materials relating to the Cash Invitation come into your possession, you are required by Panama to inform yourself of and to observe all of these restrictions.  The materials relating to the Cash Invitation do not constitute, and may not be used in connection with, a solicitation in any place where solicitations are not permitted by law.  If a jurisdiction requires that the Cash Invitation be made by a licensed broker or dealer and either Joint Dealer Manager or any affiliate of a Joint Dealer Manager is a licensed broker or dealer in that jurisdiction, the Cash Invitation shall be deemed to be made by such Joint Dealer Manager or such affiliate on behalf of Panama in that jurisdiction.

Important Notice for Non-U.S. Holders

In the United Kingdom this press release and the Cash Invitation are for distribution only to persons who (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended, the "Order"), (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc") of the Order, (iii) are outside the United Kingdom, or (iv) are persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) in connection with the issue or sale of any securities may otherwise lawfully be communicated or cause to be communicated (whether pursuant to Article 34 of the Order or otherwise) (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons").  This press release is directed only at relevant persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons.  Any investment or investment activity to which this press release or the Cash Invitation relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.

In any non-U.S. jurisdictions where the Cash Invitation is subject to restrictions under the local laws and regulations, holders of the 2015 Bonds shall be required and deemed to make certain representations and warranties including those related to their status as eligible holders before having access to the offering materials relating to the Cash Invitation and before submitting their offers.

SOURCE Republic of Panama