Verenium Announces Full Retirement of $35 Million in Debt

-- Company repurchases outstanding notes, simplifies capital structure --

Apr 02, 2012, 17:00 ET from Verenium Corporation

SAN DIEGO, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: VRNM), a leading industrial biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of high-performance enzymes, today announced the repurchase of all its outstanding 5.5% Convertible Senior Notes due 2027 (the "Notes"). The tender offer period for the put option on the Notes expired on March 30, 2012.  All noteholders validly tendered their Notes, and the Company today repurchased the remaining $34.9 million in principal amount outstanding.

To effect this repurchase, the Company paid a total of $35.8 million in cash to its noteholders, including accrued and unpaid interest.

"This is an important milestone for Verenium," said Jeff Black, Chief Financial Officer at Verenium. "By eliminating the debt overhang on the Company, we now have a more flexible capital structure that will allow us to invest in areas critical to grow our business and create future shareholder value."

About Verenium Verenium, an industrial biotechnology company, is a global leader in developing high-performance enzymes.  Verenium's tailored enzymes are environmentally friendly, making products and processes greener and more cost-effective for industries, including the global food and fuel markets.  Read more at

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