BEIJING, Sept. 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet" or the "Company"), a leading carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced that the Company has priced the offering of USD100 million in aggregate principal amount of the USD-denominated notes due 2020 at a coupon rate of 7.000% per annum (the "Notes"). The notes were priced at a slight premium of 100.04, with an effective yield of 6.98%. The Notes are being offered outside the United States in offshore transactions to non-U.S. persons in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The Notes constitute a further issuance of, and will be consolidated and form a single series with, the Company's USD200 million 7.000% notes due 2020 issued on August 17, 2017 (the "Original Notes"). The Notes will initially be subject to certain resale restrictions in the United States during the 40-day distribution compliance period pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes are not fungible with the Original Notes until the expiration of the initial 40-day distribution compliance period.
Interest on the Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on, or nearest to, August 17 and February 17 in each year, beginning on August 17, 2017. The Notes are not rated. The holders of the Notes will have the right, at their option, to require the Company to repurchase for cash all of their Notes or any portion of the principal thereof that is equal to US$200,000 or integral multiples of US$1,000 in excess thereof on August 17, 2019.
The Company intends to use the Notes proceeds to refinance outstanding indebtedness, fund future capital needs, and for general corporate purposes.
China Industrial Securities International and Orient Securities (Hong Kong) are acting as the joint global coordinators, joint book-runners and joint lead managers for the transaction. Barclays is acting as a joint book-runner and joint lead manager for the transaction.
The Company expects to close the offering of the Notes on or about October 11, 2017, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any of the Notes, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of the Notes in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. No public offering of the Notes will be made in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of any U.S. person, and the Company does not intend to register any part of the offering in the United States.
This press release contains information about the pending offering of the Notes, and there can be no assurance that the offering will be completed.
21Vianet Group, Inc. is a leading carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, cloud services, and business VPN services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers' Internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and networking equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and connect to China's Internet backbone through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic network. 21Vianet operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 4,000 hosting enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from Internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.
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