CENTREVILLE, Va., Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) (the "Company") announced today the pricing of its private offering of $350.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 0.25% convertible senior notes due 2025 (the "notes"). In connection with the offering, the Company entered into convertible note hedge and warrant transactions to offset potential dilution. The offering was upsized from the previously announced offering of $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of notes. The Company also granted the initial purchasers an option to purchase, for settlement within a 13-day period beginning on, and including, the date on which the notes are first issued, up to an additional $50.0 million aggregate principal amount of notes. The sale of the notes to the initial purchasers is expected to settle on or about August 20, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to result in approximately $341.0 million in net proceeds to the Company, after deducting the initial purchasers' discount and estimated offering expenses payable by the Company (assuming no exercise of the initial purchasers' option) but before deducting the net cost of the convertible note hedge and warrant transactions referred to below.
The notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the Company. The notes will bear interest at a rate of 0.25% per annum, payable semiannually in arrears on February 15 and August 15 of each year, beginning on February 15, 2021. The notes will mature on August 15 , 2025, unless earlier repurchased, redeemed or converted.
The initial conversion rate for the notes is 22.2913 shares of the Company's common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes (which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $44.86 per share, which represents a premium of approximately 35% over the last reported sale price of the Company's common stock on August 17, 2020). Prior to March 15, 2025, the notes will be convertible at the option of the holders only upon the occurrence of specified events, and thereafter until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date, the notes will be convertible at any time. Upon conversion, the notes will settle for cash, shares of the Company's common stock, or a combination thereof, at the Company's option. The Company may redeem for cash all or any portion of the notes, at its option, on or after August 21, 2023 and before the 51st scheduled trading day immediately before the maturity date, but only if the last reported sale price per share of the Company's common stock exceeds 130% of the conversion price for a specified period of time. The redemption price will be equal to the principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the redemption date.
The Company expects to use approximately $36.0 million of the net proceeds from the sale of the notes to pay the net cost of the convertible note hedge transactions (after such cost is partially offset by the proceeds to the Company of the warrant transactions). The Company intends to use the remainder of the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, including but not limited to, potential acquisitions and working capital.
If the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes, the Company may sell additional warrants and use a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the additional notes, together with the proceeds from the sale of the additional warrants to enter into additional convertible note hedge transactions. Any remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including but not limited to, potential acquisitions and working capital.
In connection with the offering, the Company entered into convertible note hedge transactions with one or more of the initial purchasers of the notes or their respective affiliates and certain other financial institutions (the "option counterparties"). The Company also entered into warrant transactions with the option counterparties. The convertible note hedge transactions are expected generally to reduce potential dilution to the Company's common stock upon any conversion of notes and/or offset any cash payments the Company is required to make in excess of the principal amount of converted notes, as the case may be. However, the warrant transactions could separately have a dilutive effect to the extent that the market value per share of the Company's common stock upon expiration exceeds the applicable strike price of the warrants. The strike price of the warrant transactions will initially be $66.46 per share, which represents a premium of 100% over the last reported sale price of the common stock on August 17, 2020, and is subject to certain adjustments under the terms of the warrant transactions.
In connection with establishing their initial hedges of the convertible note hedge and warrant transactions, the option counterparties or their respective affiliates expect to enter into various derivative transactions with respect to the Company's common stock concurrently with or shortly after the pricing of the notes. This activity could increase (or reduce the size of any decrease in) the market price of the Company's common stock or the notes at that time.
In addition, the option counterparties or their respective affiliates may modify their hedge positions by entering into or unwinding various derivative transactions with respect to the Company's common stock and/or purchasing or selling the Company's common stock or other securities of the Company in secondary market transactions following the pricing of the notes and prior to the maturity of the notes (and are likely to do so during any observation period related to a conversion of notes). This activity could also cause or avoid an increase or a decrease in the market price of the Company's common stock or the notes, which could affect the ability of noteholders to convert the notes and, to the extent the activity occurs during any observation period related to a conversion of the notes, it could affect the number of shares and value of the consideration that noteholders will receive upon conversion of the notes.
The offering was made to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). Neither the notes nor any shares of the Company's common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes have been or are expected to be registered under the Securities Act, or under any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the notes in the offering, nor shall there be any sale of such notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
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