Amyris Takes Major Step Forward in Addressing its Convertible Debt

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EMERYVILLE, Calif., Dec. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) (the “Company”), a leader in the development and production of sustainable ingredients for the Health & Wellness, Clean Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets, today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements for the sale of $60 million of unsecured convertible senior notes (the "Notes"), in a private placement with two “accredited investors” (as defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933). The closing of the purchase and sale of the Notes is expected to occur by December 10, 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. The Notes will mature in December 2021.

The initial conversion price for the Notes will be $6.32, a 52% premium to the closing price of Amyris common stock on December 6, 2018. The buyers may elect to convert the Notes at the conversion price at any time following the issuance date and the Company will have the option to cash settle a conversion undertaken by the buyers.

The Notes will amortize in equal monthly payments starting on April 1, 2019. At the Company’s option, amortization payments may be paid in cash, or subject to certain equity conditions, in shares of common stock.

The Notes will accrue interest at a rate of 6% per annum, payable quarterly until the first installment date and then on each installment date in cash, or subject to the equity conditions, in common stock.

Amyris estimates the net proceeds from the placement after related expenses will be approximately $56.2 million. Amyris intends to use the net proceeds from the placement together with a portion of an expected licensing payment to repay the Company's outstanding 6.5% and 9.5% convertible notes due in 2019. Based on the company’s assumptions the net impact on our fully diluted share count of settling the existing convertible debt with cash proceeds from these notes and the expected cash from the license payment is expected to be at most around 5%.

This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities (including the shares of Amyris common stock, if any, which may be issued upon conversion of the Notes or otherwise) and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.

The Notes and any shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes or otherwise have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

Terms of the proposed private placement are more fully disclosed in the Form 8-K being filed today.

Amyris, the Amyris logo and No Compromise are trademarks or registered trademarks of Amyris, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Peter DeNardoDirector, Investor Relations and Corporate CommunicationsAmyris, Inc. +1 (510) 740-7481

                                                           

 

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Globe Newswire: 13:36 GMT Friday 7th December 2018

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