OREANDA-NEWS. December 07, 2016. Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) (Ensco) announced today that it has commenced private offers to exchange outstanding notes (the offers) issued by Ensco and Pride International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ensco (Pride), listed in the below table, which Ensco refers to collectively as the outstanding notes. The consideration for the offers will be paid in Enscos 8.00% Senior Notes due 2024, which Ensco refers to collectively as the new notes, and up to \\$500,000,000 in cash (exclusive of accrued interest (as defined below), the aggregate maximum cash consideration) if, as of the early participation date (as defined below), the aggregate principal amount of new notes to be issued pursuant to the offers in exchange for outstanding notes validly tendered as of the early participation date equals or exceeds \\$300,000,000 (the minimum new note condition). The consideration will be paid only in cash up to the aggregate maximum cash consideration if, as of the early participation date, the minimum new note condition is not satisfied.

The offers are being made in connection with a concurrent private placement of exchangeable senior notes due 2024 (the exchangeable debt financing). Ensco expects to use net proceeds from the exchangeable debt financing to finance its payment of the aggregate cash consideration in the offers.

The terms and conditions of the offers are described in an offering memorandum dated December 6, 2016 (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the offering memorandum) and the accompanying letter of transmittal (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the letter of transmittal and, together with the offering memorandum, the offer documents).

The amount of each series of outstanding notes to be exchanged or purchased, as applicable, for the applicable consideration will be determined in accordance with the acceptance priority levels set forth in the table below, subject to proration as discussed below. In addition, outstanding notes validly tendered at or before the early participation date will have priority in acceptance over outstanding notes validly tendered after the early participation date. Each offer with respect to a series of outstanding notes is a separate offer and may be individually amended, extended, terminated or withdrawn without amending, extending, terminating or withdrawing an offer with respect to any other series of outstanding notes. Because the aggregate principal amount of outstanding notes tendered pursuant to the offers and new notes to be issued pursuant to the offers will not be known until after the withdrawal deadline (as defined below) has passed, an eligible holder (as defined below) tendering outstanding notes may not know whether such holder will receive, for any outstanding notes tendered in the applicable offer and accepted by Ensco, a combination of cash and new notes, cash only or new notes only. If the minimum new note condition is satisfied, unless a tendering holder affirmatively elects to have its excess outstanding notes (as defined below) returned, such holder will receive only new notes in exchange for such excess outstanding notes accepted in the offers.

The following table sets forth certain terms of the offers:

                 

Aggregate
Principal
Amount
Outstanding

    Acceptance
Priority
Level(1)
   

Principal Amount of
New Notes(2)

     
Series of Notes     Issuer     CUSIP            

Early
Participation
Consideration

   

Late
Participation
Consideration

   

Cash
Consideration(2)

4.70% Senior Notes due 2021     Ensco     29358QAA7     \\$683,065,000     1     \\$485.00     \\$435.00     \\$485.00
8.50% Senior Notes due 2019     Pride     74153QAG7     \\$438,013,000     2     \\$560.00     \\$510.00     \\$560.00
6.875% Senior Notes due 2020     Pride     74153QAH5     \\$680,766,000     3     \\$535.00     \\$485.00     \\$535.00
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(1)  

All outstanding notes that are tendered for exchange or purchase on or before the early participation date will have priority over outstanding notes that are tendered for exchange or purchase after the early participation date, even if such outstanding notes tendered after the early participation date have a higher acceptance priority level than outstanding notes tendered on or before the early participation date. Eligible holders (as defined below) will have the option of having their excess outstanding notes returned to them or, if the minimum new note condition is satisfied, having their excess outstanding notes accepted for exchange solely for new notes.

(2)  

For each \\$1,000 principal amount of outstanding notes validly tendered and accepted for exchange or purchase.

     

Each of the offers to eligible holders will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on January 4, 2017, unless extended (such time and date, as it may be extended, the expiration date). To be eligible to receive the applicable early participation payment (as defined below), eligible holders must tender their outstanding notes at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 19, 2016, unless extended (such time and date, as it may be extended, the early participation date). Rights to withdraw tendered outstanding notes terminate at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 19, 2016 (such time and date, as it may be extended, the withdrawal deadline), except for certain limited circumstances where additional withdrawal rights are required by law. The early participation date with respect to an offer can be extended independently of the withdrawal deadline for such offer and of the early participation date or withdrawal deadline with respect to any other offer. Assuming satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to the offers, the settlement date of the offers is expected be the third business day following the expiration date or as soon as practicable thereafter.

The offers are subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, including a financing condition (as described in the offering memorandum). The offers are not conditioned upon a minimum amount of outstanding notes of any series, or a minimum amount of outstanding notes of all series, being tendered. The purpose of the offers is to reduce the principal amount of outstanding debt securities of Ensco and Pride with near-term maturities held by the public.

Only eligible holders who validly tender their outstanding notes prior to the early participation date will be eligible to receive, for each \\$1,000 principal amount of outstanding notes so tendered, the applicable principal amount of new notes set forth in the table above under the heading Early Participation Consideration (the early participation consideration) plus the applicable amount of cash set forth in the table above under the heading Cash Consideration (the cash consideration and, together with the early participation consideration, the early participation payment), which varies by series of outstanding notes as specified in the above table. Eligible holders who validly tender outstanding notes after the early participation date but prior to the expiration date will be eligible to receive, for each \\$1,000 principal amount of outstanding notes so tendered, only the applicable principal amount of new notes set forth in the table above under the heading Late Participation Consideration (the late participation consideration) plus the applicable cash consideration (together with the late participation consideration, the late participation payment). Any outstanding notes validly withdrawn will be deemed to be not validly tendered for purposes of the offers.

If, as of the early participation date, the minimum new note condition is satisfied, for each \\$1,000 principal amount of outstanding notes (other than excess outstanding notes) accepted for exchange, a tendering holder whose outstanding notes are validly tendered and accepted for exchange will receive the applicable cash consideration and a principal amount of new notes equal to the early participation consideration (for outstanding notes tendered at or prior to the early participation date) or the late participation consideration (for outstanding notes tendered after the early participation date), in each case as set forth in the table above.

If, as of the early participation date, the minimum new note condition is not satisfied, for each \\$1,000 principal amount of outstanding notes accepted for purchase, a tendering holder whose notes are validly tendered and accepted for purchase will be paid only in cash in an amount equal to (1) the applicable cash consideration per outstanding note plus (2) the principal amount of the applicable early participation consideration (for outstanding notes tendered at or prior to the early participation date) or the applicable late participation consideration (for outstanding notes tendered after the early participation date), in each case as set forth in the table above.

All eligible holders whose outstanding notes are validly tendered and accepted for exchange or purchase will also receive a cash payment equal to the accrued and unpaid interest on their outstanding notes from the last applicable interest payment date up to but excluding the settlement date (accrued interest).

Because the amount of cash consideration is limited to the aggregate maximum cash consideration, the outstanding notes will be exchanged or purchased based on the acceptance priority level (in numerical priority order) as set forth in the table above and proration as described below and in the offering memorandum. Outstanding notes not accepted due to their acceptance priority level or proration will be returned to their tendering holders promptly following the expiration or termination of the offers, subject to the election made or deemed to be made with respect to excess outstanding notes described below.

Subject to the aggregate maximum cash consideration and proration, all outstanding notes validly tendered at or before the early participation date having a higher acceptance priority level will be accepted before any outstanding notes validly tendered at or before the early participation date having a lower acceptance priority level are accepted, and all outstanding notes validly tendered after the early participation date having a higher acceptance priority level will be accepted before any outstanding notes validly tendered after the early participation date having a lower acceptance priority level are accepted. However, even if the offers are not fully subscribed as of the early participation date, subject to the aggregate maximum cash consideration, outstanding notes validly tendered at or prior to the early participation date will be accepted for purchase before any outstanding notes validly tendered after the early participation date are accepted for purchase, even if such outstanding notes validly tendered after the early participation date have a higher acceptance priority level than outstanding notes validly tendered at or prior to the early participation date. Therefore, if the aggregate amount of the cash consideration payable with respect to outstanding notes validly tendered at or prior to the early participation date equals or exceeds the aggregate maximum cash consideration, Ensco will not accept for purchase any outstanding notes tendered after the early participation date with respect to which an election is made to have such excess outstanding notes returned to the holder thereof.

Ensco refers to the outstanding notes that are validly tendered but not accepted in the offers due to the application of acceptance priority levels or proration as the excess outstanding notes. Eligible holders tendering outstanding notes will have the option of electing whether, in the event that any of such notes are not accepted in the offers due to the application of acceptance priority levels or proration, (1) to have their excess outstanding notes returned to them or (2) if the minimum new note condition is satisfied, to have their excess outstanding notes accepted for exchange solely for new notes in a principal amount of new notes per \\$1,000 principal amount of excess outstanding notes equal to the applicable early participation payment (for outstanding notes tendered at or prior to the early participation date) or the applicable late participation payment (for outstanding notes tendered after the early participation date). Eligible holders of outstanding notes who do not specify an election with respect to their excess outstanding notes will have their excess outstanding notes, if any, exchanged for new notes, which could result in the tendering holder receiving only new notes pursuant to the offers. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the offer documents, excess outstanding notes of a series will be accepted for exchange for new notes in accordance with such election at the same time as other outstanding notes of such series are accepted for exchange and will be settled on the same settlement date as such other outstanding notes. If the minimum new note condition is not satisfied and only cash will be used as consideration, any excess outstanding notes will be returned to the holders. For the avoidance of doubt, any excess outstanding notes returned to a holder, whether as a result of such election, the failure of the minimum new note condition or otherwise, will not be considered accepted for exchange or purchase in the offers. A holders election or deemed election with respect to excess outstanding notes may not be changed or revoked without withdrawing tendered outstanding notes to which such election or deemed election relates.

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This press release is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any of the new notes. Ensco has not registered the new notes or the offering thereof under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which Ensco refers to as the Securities Act, or any state or foreign securities laws. The new notes may not be offered or sold in the United States or to any U.S. persons except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the offers are being made, and the new notes are being offered and will be issued, only to (1) qualified institutional buyers as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act (QIBs), and (2) outside the United States, to persons other than U.S. persons as defined in Rule 902 under the Securities Act in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act (such holders, the eligible holders). Only eligible holders who have completed and returned an eligibility certification (the eligibility certification), available from Global Bondholder Services Corporation, are authorized to receive and review the offer documents and to participate in the offers.

Global Bondholder Services Corporation has been retained to serve as both the exchange agent and the information agent for the offers. Eligible holders should direct their requests for copies of the offering memorandum, the related letter of transmittal and other related materials to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (toll-free) (866) 470-4300 or (collect) (212) 430-3774.

None of Ensco, its board of directors, its officers, the dealer managers, the exchange agent, the information agent or the trustees with respect to the outstanding notes, or any of Enscos or their respective affiliates, makes any recommendation that holders tender any outstanding notes in response to the offers, and no one has been authorized by any of them to make such a recommendation. Holders must make their own decision as to whether to participate and, if so, the principal amount of outstanding notes to tender. The offers are made only by the offering memorandum and related letter of transmittal. This press release is neither an offer to sell or purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, any outstanding notes or new notes in the offers. The offers are not being made to holders of outstanding notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the offers are required to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the offers will be deemed to be made on behalf of Ensco by the dealer managers or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.

This press release is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any of the exchangeable senior notes. The exchangeable senior notes will not be registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

Ensco (NYSE:ESV) is a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry. Ensco plc is an English limited company (England No. 7023598) with its registered office and corporate headquarters located at 6 Chesterfield Gardens, 3rd Floor, London, United Kingdom W1J 5BQ.