Whole Foods Market: Senior Notes Offering
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AUSTIN, Texas - Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM) announced the pricing of an issuance of $1.0 billion of 5.20% senior notes due 2025 (the "Notes"). The Notes will be guaranteed on an unsecured, unsubordinated basis by certain subsidiaries of Whole Foods Market. The Company intends to use net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including stock repurchases and the repayment of indebtedness from time to time. Closing of the offering is expected to occur on December 3, 2015, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The Notes will be offered in the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements or a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act or any state securities laws.
This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. Any offers of the Notes will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum.
About Whole Foods Market
Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, the first national "Certified Organic" grocer, and uniquely positioned as America's Healthiest Grocery Store(TM). In fiscal year 2015, the Company had sales of approximately $15 billion and currently has 434 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 91,000 team members and has been ranked for 18 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.
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