|Encore Capital Group, Inc. Announces Private Placement of Convertible Senior Notes|
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, or repayment or repurchase of outstanding debt, including the Company’s revolving credit facility and the Company’s outstanding existing convertible senior notes.
In addition to any repurchases of the Company’s existing convertible senior notes, the Company may also exchange or induce conversions of its existing convertible senior notes. Any repurchase, exchange or induced conversion of the Company’s existing convertible senior notes could affect the market price of its common stock. The Company also expects that holders of existing convertible senior notes that sell or exchange their existing convertible senior notes in negotiated transactions with the Company may purchase or sell shares of common stock in the market to hedge their exposure in connection with these transactions.
In connection with the existing convertible senior notes, the Company entered into either convertible note hedge transactions along with warrant transactions or capped call transactions, in each case with certain financial institutions (the “existing option counterparties”). If the Company repurchases, exchanges or induces the conversion of its existing convertible senior notes, it may also enter into agreements with the existing option counterparties to terminate a portion of the related convertible note hedge transactions or capped call transactions, or such convertible note hedge transactions and capped call transactions may terminate according to their terms, in each case in a notional amount corresponding to the amount of the existing convertible senior notes repurchased, exchanged or converted. In addition, the Company may also enter into agreements with the existing option counterparties to terminate a portion of the existing warrant transactions. In connection with any termination of such transactions and the expected unwinding of the existing hedge position of the existing option counterparties with respect to such transactions, such existing option counterparties and/or their respective affiliates may sell shares of the Company’s common stock in secondary market transactions, and/or unwind various derivative transactions with respect to the Company’s common stock. This activity could decrease (or reduce the size of any increase in) the market price of the Company’s common stock at that time and it could decrease (or reduce the size of any increase in) the market value of the notes. In connection with these transactions, the Company may make or receive payments in amounts that depend on the market price of its common stock during the unwind period. The offer and sale of the notes and the shares of the Company's common stock, if any, issuable upon conversion of the notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction, and the notes and such shares may not be offered or sold in
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. Any offer of the securities will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum.
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including, most importantly, those statements preceded by, or that include, the words “will,” “may,” “believe,” “projects,” “expects,” “anticipates” or the negation thereof, or similar expressions, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Reform Act”). These statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our future operating results, performance, business plans or prospects. For all “forward-looking statements,” the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. Such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company and its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the reports filed by the Company with the
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