SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of February 2024
Commission File Number: 001-35126
VNET Group, Inc.
Southeast 1st Floor
10# Jiuxianqiao East Road
The People’s Republic of China
(Address of principal executive office)
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|VNET Group, Inc.
|/s/ Qiyu Wang
|Chief Financial Officer
Date: February 5, 2024
VNET Announces the Completion of the Repurchase Right Offer for Its 0.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026
BEIJING, February 5, 2024 —VNET Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) (“VNET” or the “Company”), a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral internet data center services provider in China, today announced the completion of its previously announced repurchase right offer relating to its 0.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (CUSIP No. 90138V AB3) (the “Notes”). The repurchase right offer expired at 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Based on information from Citibank, N.A. as the paying agent for the Notes, US$600,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Notes were validly surrendered and not withdrawn prior to the expiration of the repurchase right offer. The aggregate cash purchase price of these Notes is US$600,000,000. The Company has completed the payment of the Repurchase Price to the relevant Holders whose Notes were surrendered and accepted for repurchase and such Notes have been successfully canceled. As of February 5, 2024, there are no outstanding Notes.
Mr. Josh Sheng Chen, Founder and Co-Chairperson of VNET, commented, “Long-termism is a cornerstone of VNET’s vision. Our successful completion of the convertible senior notes repurchase demonstrates our commitment to high-quality, long-term development as well as our strong strategic execution. Moving forward, we will continue to pursue sustainable growth fostering prosperity for the Company and creating value for all of our stakeholders.”
Mr. Jianbiao Zhu, Chief Executive Officer of Shandong Hi-Speed Holdings Group Limited (“SDHG”) and Co-Chairperson of VNET, added, “As a state-holding enterprise, SDHG shares VNET’s dedication to long-term sustainable development. We view the convertible senior notes repurchase as a pivotal step towards the Company’s robust future and remain confident in VNET’s value proposition and growth potential in the long run.”
VNET Group, Inc. is a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral internet data center services provider in China. VNET provides hosting and related services, including IDC services, cloud services, and business VPN services to improve the reliability, security, and speed of its customers’ internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and equipment in VNET’s data centers and connect to China’s internet backbone. VNET operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of over 7,000 hosting and related 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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