Silver Standard Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRI, TSX: SSO) (“Silver Standard” or the “Company”) announced today that it has priced its previously announced offering of convertible senior notes due 2033 (the “Notes”). The Company increased the offering to US$250 million from US$200 million aggregate principal amount (or approximately US$287.5 million aggregate principal amount if the over-allotment option is exercised in full). The Notes will be issued at par value.
The Company  intends to use up to approximately US$138 million of the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes to repurchase or redeem its existing convertible notes in March 2013 and the remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include developing or advancing its property portfolio.
The Notes will bear cash interest semi-annually at a rate of 2.875% per annum. The initial conversion rate for the Notes will be 50 common shares per US$1,000 principal amount of Notes, equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately US$20.00 per common share. The initial conversion rate represents a premium of 42.86% relative to today’s closing sale price of Silver Standard’s common shares and is subject to adjustment in certain events.
Silver Standard will have the right to redeem the Notes in certain circumstances and holders will have the right to require Silver  Standard to repurchase their Notes at certain times.
The offering is expected to close on or about January 16, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.
The Notes, and the common shares into which the Notes are convertible (the “Shares”), have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or qualified by a prospectus in Canada. The Notes and the Shares may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption from registration under the Securities Act. The Notes will be offered only to “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act) and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. Offers and sales in Canada will be made only pursuant to exemptions from the prospectus requirements of applicable Canadian provincial securities laws.
This news release is neither an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other securities and shall not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy, or a sale of, the Notes or any other securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.