SAN FRANCISCO (May 22, 2012) – Levi Strauss & Co. today announced that it has completed its tender offer for any and all of its outstanding $350 million 8⅞%Senior Notes due 2016 (the “Notes”).
A total of approximately $278.23 million (or 79.5%) of the $350 million aggregate principal amount of Notes were validly tendered in the tender offer which expired at midnight, New York City time, on May 21, 2012. These amounts include approximately $278.22 million of the Notes which were previously tendered by the early tender deadline and which were accepted and paid for by the company. The payment date for accepted Notes tendered after the early tender deadline but prior to the expiration of the tender offer is Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
BofA Merrill Lynch acted as the Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent for the tender offer. Global Bondholder Services Corporation served as the Information Agent and Depositary.
On May 22, 2012, the trustee for the Notes, at the direction of the company, issued a notice of the redemption of all Notes that remain outstanding after the completion of the tender offer. The redemption date is May 25, 2012.
This press release does not constitute a notice of redemption. A notice of redemption is made only by a notice of redemption provided by the trustee of the Notes to the registered holders of the Notes.
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