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Telefónica Announces $500 million Debt Tender Offer

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MADRID, Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Telefónica, S.A. ("Telefónica" or the "Guarantor") announces today that Telefónica Emisiones S.A.U., a sociedad anónima unipersonal incorporated under the laws of the Kingdom of Spain ("Telefónica Emisiones"), and Telefónica Europe B.V., a besloten vennootschap incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands ("Telefónica Europe" and, together with Telefónica Emisiones, the "Offerors"), each a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telefónica, have commenced a debt tender offer to purchase for cash (the "Offer") the debt securities issued by it and guaranteed by Telefónica listed in the table below (collectively, the "Securities") with an aggregate principal amount for both Offerors and all series of Securities of up to $500 million (such amount, as may be increased or decreased pursuant to the Offer to Purchase (as defined below), the "Maximum Tender Amount").

SECURITIES SUBJECT TO THE OFFER

Issuer of
Security /
Applicable
Offeror

Title of
Security

Principal Amount
Outstanding

CUSIP/
ISIN

Acceptance
Priority
Level

Early
Tender
Premium(1)

Reference
Security

Bloomberg
Reference
Page/
Screen

Fixed
Spread
(basis
points)

Total
Consideration(1)(2)

Sub-Cap

Telefónica
Emisiones....

4.665%
Notes due
2038

$750,000,000

87938WAV5
/
US87938WAV54

1

$50

4.50%
U.S.
Treasury
due
November
15, 2033

FIT1

175

To be
determined as
described in
the Offer to
Purchase

$350 million in
aggregate
principal amount
of the 2038
Notes

Telefónica
Emisiones....

4.103%
Notes due
2027

$1,500,000,000

87938WAT0
/
US87938WAT09

2

$50

4.875%
U.S.
Treasury
due
October
31, 2028

FIT1

100

To be
determined as
described in
the Offer to
Purchase

N/A

Telefónica
Europe........

8.250%

Notes due
2030

$1,250,000,000

879385AD4
/
US879385AD49

3

$50

4.50%
U.S.
Treasury
due
November
15, 2033

FIT1

130

To be
determined as
described in
the Offer to
Purchase

$100 million in
aggregate
principal amount
of the 2030
Notes

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(1)

Per $1,000 principal amount of Securities validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline (as defined below) and accepted for purchase.

(2)

For the avoidance of doubt, the Early Tender Premium (as defined below) is already included within the Total Consideration (as defined below) (which, in the case of all Securities will be calculated using the Fixed Spread (as defined below) over the relevant Reference Yield (as defined below), as described in the Offer to Purchase) and is not in addition to the Total Consideration. In addition, holders whose Securities are accepted for purchase will also receive accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount of Securities from, and including, the most recent interest payment date prior to the applicable Settlement Date (as defined below) up to, but not including, the applicable Settlement Date, rounded to the nearest cent ("Accrued Interest") on such Securities.

The amount of each series of Securities that is purchased will be determined in accordance with the acceptance priority levels specified in the table above (the "Acceptance Priority Level"), with 1 being the highest Acceptance Priority Level and 3 being the lowest Acceptance Priority Level, subject to the Maximum Tender Amount. With respect to Telefónica Emisiones' (i) 4.665% Notes due 2038 (the "2038 Notes"), the maximum aggregate principal amount to be purchased by the applicable Offeror will be $350 million (the "2038 Notes Sub-Cap") and, with respect to Telefónica Europe's 8.250% Notes due 2030 (the "2030 Notes"), the maximum aggregate principal amount to be purchased by the applicable Offeror will be $100 million (the "2030 Notes Sub-Cap" and together with the 2038 Notes Sub-Cap, the "Sub-Caps").

The Offer is being made upon and is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated November 20, 2023, as it may be amended or supplemented (the "Offer to Purchase"). The Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 19, 2023 (such date and time, as it may be extended, the "Expiration Date"), unless earlier terminated. Tenders of Securities may be withdrawn at any time at or prior to, but not after, 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 4, 2023 (such date and time, as may be extended with respect to any series of Securities, the "Withdrawal Deadline"), unless the Offerors are required by applicable law to permit withdrawal.

The applicable "Total Consideration" payable for each series of Securities will be a price per $1,000 principal amount of such series of Securities that shall be equal to an amount calculated in accordance with the formula described in the Offer to Purchase. The applicable Total Consideration or Tender Offer Consideration (as defined below) to be paid for each series of Securities accepted for purchase will be determined at 10:00 a.m., New York City time, on the business day following the Early Tender Deadline (subject to certain exceptions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, such time and date, as the same may be extended, the "Price Determination Date"), which is expected to be December 5, 2023. The applicable Total Consideration or Tender Offer Consideration to be paid for the Securities will be determined in the manner described in the Offer to Purchase by reference to (i) the fixed spread applicable to the relevant series of Securities, as set forth in the table above (the "Fixed Spread") over (ii) the yield of the reference security listed in the table above (the "Reference Security") for the relevant series of Securities, which will be calculated in accordance with standard market practice (rounded to the nearest 0.001%, with 0.0005% rounded upwards) and will correspond to the bid-side price of the applicable reference page/screen set forth in the table above (the "Reference Page") as of the applicable Price Determination Date (the "Reference Yield"). Specifically, the Total Consideration for each series of Securities will equal (a) the value of the remaining payments of principal and interest on Securities of such series up to and including their maturity date, discounted to the Early Settlement Date at a discount rate equal to the sum of (x) the applicable Reference Yield plus (y) the applicable Fixed Spread, minus (b) Accrued Interest as of the Early Settlement Date.

Holders of Securities who validly tender and not withdraw their Securities at or prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 4, 2023 (such date and time, as may be extended with respect to any series of Securities, the "Early Tender Deadline") and whose Securities are accepted for purchase will receive the applicable Total Consideration, which already includes the applicable early tender premium specified in the table above (the "Early Tender Premium"). Holders of Securities who validly tender their Securities following the Early Tender Deadline and at or prior to the Expiration Date and whose Securities are accepted for purchase will only receive the applicable "Tender Offer Consideration," which is equal to the applicable Total Consideration minus the applicable Early Tender Premium.

In addition to the applicable Total Consideration or Tender Offer Consideration, as the case may be, Accrued Interest will be paid in cash on all validly tendered Securities accepted for purchase.

Even if the Maximum Tender Amount is not reached as of the Early Tender Deadline, subject to the Sub-Caps, Securities validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline will be accepted for purchase in priority to Securities tendered following the Early Tender Deadline even if such Securities tendered following the Early Tender Deadline have a higher Acceptance Priority Level than Securities tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline.

Securities of a series may be subject to proration if the aggregate principal amount of the Securities of such series validly tendered and not validly withdrawn would cause the Maximum Tender Amount or any applicable Sub-Cap to be exceeded. Furthermore, if the Maximum Tender Amount is reached as of the Early Tender Deadline, holders who validly tender Securities following the Early Tender Deadline will not have any of their Securities accepted for purchase unless the Maximum Tender Amount is increased. If the relevant Sub-Cap is reached as of the Early Tender Deadline, holders who validly tender 2038 Notes or 2030 Notes, as the case may be, following the Early Tender Deadline, will not have any such Securities accepted for purchase unless the applicable Sub-Cap is increased.

Each Offeror's obligation to accept for payment and pay for the Securities validly tendered in the Offer is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions described in the Offer to Purchase. The Offer is not conditioned on any minimum amount of Securities being tendered. Subject to applicable law, the Offerors expressly reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate the Offer with respect to any or all series of Securities if the conditions to the Offer are not satisfied. If the Offer is terminated at any time with respect to any series of Securities, the Securities of such series tendered pursuant to the Offer will be promptly returned to the tendering holders.

The purpose of the Offer is, amongst other things, to proactively manage the Offerors' respective debt capital structure. Securities that are accepted in the Offer will be purchased by the applicable Offeror and retired and cancelled and will no longer remain outstanding obligations of the applicable Offeror.

Payment for Securities that are validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Tender Deadline and accepted for purchase will be made as soon as reasonably practicable following the Early Tender Deadline (such date, the "Early Settlement Date"). The Offerors expect that the Early Settlement Date will be December 7, 2023, the second business day after the Price Determination Date.

Payment for Securities that are validly tendered following the Early Tender Deadline but at or prior to the Expiration Date and accepted for purchase will be made promptly following the Expiration Date (such date, the "Final Settlement Date"). The Early Settlement Date and the Final Settlement Date are collectively referred to as a "Settlement Date."

The Offerors expect that the Final Settlement Date will be December 22, 2023, the third business day after the Expiration Date, assuming the Maximum Tender Amount of Securities is not purchased on the Early Settlement Date.

The Offer may be amended, extended, terminated or withdrawn in whole or with respect to any series of Securities without amending, extending, terminating or withdrawing the Offer with respect to any other series of Securities. The Offer is not conditioned on any minimum amount of Securities being tendered. The Offerors reserve the right, subject to applicable law, to: (i) waive any and all conditions to the Offer; (ii) extend or terminate the Offer; (iii) increase or decrease the Maximum Tender Amount or any Sub-Cap; or (iv) otherwise amend the Offer in any respect.

BofA Securities Europe SA, Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG and Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE are acting as the dealer managers (the "Dealer Managers") for the Offer. The information and tender agent is Global Bondholder Services Corporation. Copies of the Offer to Purchase and related offering materials are available via the Offer website at https://www.gbsc-usa.com/telefonica/ or by contacting the information and tender agent in New York at +1 (212) 430-3774 (banks and brokers) or +1 (855) 654-2015 (all others) or by email at contact@gbsc-usa.com. Questions regarding the Offer should be directed to BofA Securities Europe SA at +33 1 877 01057 (Europe) or +1 (888) 292 0070 (U.S. Toll Free) or by email at DG.LM-EMEA@bofa.com, Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG at +44 20 7986 8969 (Europe), +1 212 723 6106 (U.S.) or +1 800 558 3745 (U.S. Toll Free) or by email at liabilitymanagement.europe@citi.com or Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE at +44 20 7774 4836 or by email at liabilitymanagement.eu@gs.com.

This announcement is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation to buy or an offer to purchase or sell any securities. The Offer is being made only pursuant to the Offer to Purchase and only in such jurisdictions as is permitted under applicable law. Please see the Offer to Purchase for certain important information on offer restrictions applicable to the Offer.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included in this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and the documents incorporated by reference therein regarding the future expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance of Telefónica and its subsidiaries, including the Offerors (the "Telefónica Group"), that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Exchange Act, and the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "outlook", "plan", "positioned", "potential", "predict", "project", "should", "strategy", "target", "will", "would" and similar expressions. These include statements regarding the Telefónica Group's intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, the Telefónica Group's results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the economic and business circumstances occurring from time to time in the countries and markets in which the Telefónica Group operates. All such forward-looking statements involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual future financial condition, performance and results to differ materially from the plans, goals, expectations and results expressed in the forward-looking statements and other financial and/or statistical data within this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and the documents incorporated by reference therein. The Telefónica Group believes that the expectations reflected in this document, the Offer to Purchase and the documents incorporated by reference therein are reasonable, but they may be affected by a wide range of variables that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated. The risks and uncertainties involved in Telefónica Group's businesses that could affect the matters referred to in such forward-looking statements, include but are not limited to: changes in general economic, business or political conditions in the domestic or international markets in which the Telefónica Group operates or has material investments that may affect the Telefónica Group's business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and/or the performance of some or all of the Telefónica Group's financial indicators, including as a result of the evolution of increasing trade or geopolitical tensions in certain parts of the world, including as a result of the armed conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine, inflation, the pace of monetary stimulus withdrawal and interest-rate hikes, the worsening of the fiscal sustainability in some European countries, economic and political uncertainties in Spain, the impact of Brexit or the COVID-19 pandemic; compliance with data privacy regulations and the impact of Telefónica inability to comply with any such regulations; the impact of current, pending or future legislation and regulation in countries where Telefónica operates; changes in the Telefónica Group's competitive position, including as a result of the evolution of competition and market consolidation in the markets where the Telefónica Group operates; and risks related to other factors discussed or incorporated by reference in the Offer to Purchase, including in the sections captioned "Risk Factors" and "Recent Developments" in the 2022 Form 20-F.

The forward-looking statements in this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and the documents incorporated by reference therein speak only as of the date of the document in which the forward-looking statement is made, and none of Telefónica or the Offerors undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

European Economic Area

In any European Economic Area Member State (each, a "Relevant State"), the Offer to Purchase is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Relevant State within the meaning of Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, of June 14, 2017, as amended (the "Prospectus Regulation"). Each person in a Relevant State who receives any communication in respect of the Offer contemplated in the Offer to Purchase will be deemed to have represented, warranted and agreed to and with each of the Dealer Managers, the Offerors and the Guarantor that it is a qualified investor within the meaning of Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation.

Kingdom of Spain

Neither the Offer nor the Offer to Purchase constitute an offer of securities or the solicitation of an offer of securities in Spain which require the approval and the publication of a prospectus under Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, Spanish Law 6/2023, of March 17, on the Securities Markets and the Investment Services (Ley 6/2023, de 17 de marzo, de los Mercados de Valores y de los Servicios de Inversión), and its ancillary and related regulations. Accordingly, the Offer to Purchase has not been and will not be submitted for approval nor approved by the Spanish Securities Market Commission.

United Kingdom

The communication of the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the Offer is not being made by, and such documents and/or materials have not been approved, by an authorized person for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended. Accordingly, such documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The communication of such documents and/or materials as a financial promotion is only being made to persons in the United Kingdom falling within the definition of investment professional (as defined in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Financial Promotion Order")), or to those persons who are creditors or shareholders of any Offeror or other persons falling within Article 43(2) of the Financial Promotion Order, or to any other persons to whom such documents and/ or materials may otherwise lawfully be communicated under the Financial Promotion Order.

Belgium

Neither the Offer to Purchase nor any other documents or materials relating to the Offer have been submitted to or will be submitted for approval or recognition to the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority ("Autorite des services et marches financiers/Autoriteit voor Financiele Diensten en Marken"). The Offer is not being made in Belgium by way of a public offering, as defined in Articles 3 §1, 1° and 6, §1 of the Belgian Law of April 1, 2007 on public takeover bids (the "Belgian Takeover Law") as amended or replaced from time to time. Accordingly, the Offer may not be advertised and the Offer will not be extended, and neither the Offer to Purchase nor any other documents or materials relating to the Offer (including any memorandum, information circular, brochure or any similar documents) has been or shall be distributed or made available, directly or indirectly, to any person in Belgium other than (i) to "qualified investors" in the sense of Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation (as amended from time to time), acting on their own account, or (ii) in any circumstances set out in Article 6, §4 of the Belgian Takeover Law. Insofar as Belgium is concerned, the Offer to Purchase has been issued only for the personal use of the above qualified investors and exclusively for the purpose of the Offer. Accordingly, the information contained in the Offer to Purchase may not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any other person in Belgium.

France

The Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, in the Republic of France ("France") other than to qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) as referred to in Article L.411-2 1° of the French Code monétaire et financier and defined in Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation. Neither the Offer to Purchase nor any other document or material relating to the Offer has been or shall be distributed in France other than to qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) and only qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) are eligible to participate in the Offer. The Offer to Purchase, this announcement and any other document or material relating to the Offer have not been and will not be submitted for clearance to nor approved by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers.

Italy

None of the Offer, the Offer to Purchase or any other documents or materials relating to the Offer have been or will be submitted to the clearance procedure of the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa ("CONSOB").

The Offer is being carried out in the Republic of Italy as an exempted offer pursuant to article 101-bis, paragraph 3-bis of the Legislative Decree No. 58 of 24 February 1998, as amended (the "Financial Services Act") and article 35-bis, paragraph 4 of CONSOB Regulation No. 11971 of May 14, 1999.

Holders, or beneficial owners of the Securities, can tender some or all of their Securities pursuant to the Offer through authorized persons (such as investment firms, banks or financial intermediaries permitted to conduct such activities in Italy in accordance with the Financial Services Act, CONSOB Regulation No. 20307 of  February 15, 2018, as amended from time to time, and Legislative Decree No. 385 of September 1, 1993, as amended) and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations or with requirements imposed by CONSOB or any other Italian authority.

Each intermediary must comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning information duties vis-à-vis its clients in connection with the Securities or the Offer.

 

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