SouFun Prices $350 Million Convertible Senior Notes Offering

Dec 05, 2013, 05:34 ET from SouFun Holdings Ltd.

BEIJING, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SouFun Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) today announced the pricing of US$350 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2018 (the "notes"). The notes were offered to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and certain non-U.S. persons in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Company has granted the initial purchasers a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional US$50 million principal amount of notes solely to cover over-allotments, if any.

The notes will be convertible into the Company's American depositary shares ("ADSs"), each representing as of the date of this press release one Class A ordinary share of the Company, HK$1.00 par value, at the option of the holders, based on an initial conversion rate of 9.6839 of the Company's ADSs per $1,000 principal amount of notes (which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately US$103.26 per ADS and represents an approximately 40% conversion premium over the closing trading price of the Company's ADSs on December 4, 2013, which was US$73.76 per ADS). The conversion rate is subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain events. Holders of the notes may convert their notes, at their option, in integral multiples of US$1,000 principal amount, at any time prior to the close of business on the second business day immediately preceding the maturity date. Subject to limited circumstances, the Company will not have the right to redeem the notes prior to maturity. Holders of the notes will have the right to require the Company to repurchase for cash all or part of their notes on December 15, 2016 at a repurchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

The notes will bear interest at a rate of 2.00% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on June 15 and December 15 of each year, beginning on June 15, 2014. The notes will mature on December 15, 2018, unless previously redeemed, repurchased or converted in accordance with their terms prior to such date.

The Company plans to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, including new products and services, working capital, capital expenditures, business expansion and potential acquisitions.  

The Company expects to close the notes offering on or about December 10, 2013, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

The notes, the ADSs deliverable upon conversion of the notes and the Class A ordinary shares represented thereby, have not been registered under the Securities Act, or any state securities laws. They may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. persons, except to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on the exemption from registration provided by Rule 144A under the Securities Act, and to certain persons in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any of these securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of the notes, the ADSs or the Class A ordinary shares represented thereby in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

This press release contains information about the pending offering of the notes, and there can be no assurance that the offering will be completed.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry in which the Company operates, but involve a number of unknown risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Hong Zhao Vice President - Finance: +86 (10) 5631-8707,

Yiwen Zhang Investor Relations Manager: +86 (10) 5631-8659,

SOURCE SouFun Holdings Ltd.