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Rocket Lab Launches $275 Million Convertible Note Offering for 2029 Maturity
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Rocket Lab Launches $275 Million Convertible Note Offering for 2029 Maturity
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has initiated a significant financial move with the launch of a private offering aimed at qualified institutional buyers. The company announced its intention to issue $275.0 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2029, a strategic step under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933.

This financial maneuver, subject to prevailing market and other conditions, does not guarantee the completion or definitive terms of the offering. The initiative includes an additional purchase option for the initial purchasers, allowing them to acquire up to an extra $41.25 million aggregate principal amount of the notes within a 13-day window from their issuance.

The notes, classified as senior unsecured obligations of Rocket Lab, will accrue interest payable semi-annually in arrears. Their maturity is set for February 1, 2029, unless an earlier conversion, redemption, or repurchase occurs. Notably, noteholders will have the right to convert their notes under specified circumstances and periods. Rocket Lab retains the discretion to settle these conversions in cash, shares of its common stock, or a combination of both.

An interesting aspect of this financial instrument is its redeemable nature. Rocket Lab may opt to redeem the notes, in whole or in part, under certain conditions, starting February 1, 2027, and until the 40th scheduled trading day immediately before the maturity date. The redemption price will be equal to the principal amount of the notes plus any accrued and unpaid interest. The final terms, including the interest rate and initial conversion rate, will be determined at the offering's pricing.

Regarding the utilization of the proceeds from this offering, Rocket Lab has clear plans. A portion of the net proceeds will cover the cost of entering into capped call transactions. Additionally, approximately $40 million will be directed towards repaying a portion of its borrowings under its equipment financing agreement. The remainder is earmarked for general corporate purposes, which may include working capital, potential acquisitions, and strategic transactions.

In parallel with the note offering, Rocket Lab plans to enter into capped call transactions with some of the initial purchasers or their affiliates. These transactions are designed to reduce or offset potential dilution to the common stock upon note conversion and/or offset any potential cash payments in excess of the principal amount of converted notes. The effectiveness of these transactions is subject to a cap.

Furthermore, Rocket Lab has been informed that the option counterparties or their affiliates may engage in various market activities. These include purchasing common stock and entering derivative transactions with respect to the common stock, actions that could influence the market price of the common stock or the notes.

The offering of the notes and any shares of common stock issuable upon their conversion have not been registered under the Securities Act or any other securities laws. Consequently, they cannot be offered or sold without registration or unless exempted under the applicable securities laws. This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the notes or any shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes.

Rocket Lab's latest financial strategy reflects its ongoing efforts to strengthen its capital structure and support its growth initiatives in the dynamic space industry. The offering and the accompanying capped call transactions illustrate the company's forward-looking approach to managing its financial resources and shareholder value. As the space sector continues to evolve, Rocket Lab positions itself not just as a technological innovator but also as a savvy participant in the financial markets.

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