Nuance proposes USD 350m offering of senior convertible notes due 2025

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) has announced its intention to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, USD 350m aggregate principal amount of senior convertible notes due 2025 (the “Notes”) in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), the company said.

Nuance also expects to grant the initial purchasers of the Notes a 13-day option to purchase up to an additional USD 60m aggregate principal amount of the Notes to cover over-allotments, if any.

The Notes will be convertible, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, into cash up to the principal amount of the Notes and, with respect to any excess conversion value, cash or shares of Nuance common stock or a combination thereof, at Nuance´s election. The terms of the Notes, including the interest rate, initial conversion rate and other terms, will be determined by negotiations between Nuance and the initial purchasers of the Notes.

Nuance intends to use approximately USD 150m of the net proceeds from this offering to repurchase shares of Nuance´s common stock concurrently with the pricing of the Notes in negotiated transactions with institutional investors in the offering, subject to availability. Nuance intends to use the remaining net proceeds, together with cash on hand, to repurchase, redeem, retire or otherwise repay all of its outstanding 2.75% Senior Convertible Debentures due 2031.

Neither the Notes nor the shares of Nuance´s common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes, if any, have been registered under the Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

Nuance Communications provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day,ms of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance´s proven applications.