PHOENIX, Ariz. – April 6, 2004 – ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that it is commencing a cash tender offer for any and all outstanding $260,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the 12 percent Senior Subordinated Notes due 2009 previously issued by the company and Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in its Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated April 6, 2004 (the “Notes”). ON Semiconductor also is soliciting consents for amendments to the indenture under which the Notes were issued. Holders who tender their Notes will be required to consent to the proposed amendments and holders who consent will be required to tender their Notes. Consummation of the Offer is subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions.
The Offer will expire at midnight, New York City time, on May 3, 2004, unless extended or earlier terminated (such date and time, as they may be extended, the “Expiration Time”). Holders of Notes must tender their Notes at or prior to the Expiration Time to receive the tender offer consideration. The consent solicitation will expire at 5 p.m., New York City time, on April 19, 2004, unless extended (such date and time, as they may be extended, the “Early Tender Deadline”). Holders of Notes must tender their Notes prior to the Early Tender Deadline to receive the total consideration.
The total consideration for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to this Offer to Purchase shall be $1089.06, plus accrued interest, if any, thereon from the most recent payment of semi annual interest preceding the applicable settlement date, to, but excluding, such date. The total consideration consists of a consent payment of $30 per $1,000 principal amount of Notes, payable to holders that validly tender their Notes and give their consents for amendments to the indenture prior to the Early Tender Deadline, together with the tender offer consideration of $1,059.06 per $1,000 principal amount of Notes. Holders that validly tender their Notes after the Early Tender Deadline and prior to the Expiration Time will receive the tender offer consideration only.
Notes and related consents may be withdrawn prior to the Early Tender Deadline. Notes may not be withdrawn after the Early Tender Deadline and delivery of written notice to the trustee for the Notes that certain conditions have been met.
At any time after the Early Tender Deadline and prior to the Expiration Time (such time, the “Optional Early Acceptance Date”), the company may elect to accept for payment all Notes validly tendered prior to the Early Tender Deadline. The company currently anticipates that the Optional Early Acceptance Date will be April 20, 2004. Payment for all Notes validly tendered prior to the Early Tender Deadline will be made promptly following the Optional Early Acceptance Date (the “Optional Early Settlement Date”), if any.
By 9 a.m., New York City time, on the business day following the Expiration Time (the “Final Acceptance Date”), the company will accept for payment any and all validly tendered Notes not previously purchased, subject to the terms and conditions of the Offer. Such payment will be made promptly following the Final Acceptance Date (the “Final Settlement Date”).
Once the proposed amendments to the indenture become effective, the prior notice period for the issuance of a notice of redemption with respect to the Notes will be extended from 60 days to 120 days. ON Semiconductor anticipates providing a notice of redemption of any remaining Notes not tendered in the Offer on or about the effective date of the proposed amendments to the indenture.
Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated is the dealer manager and Georgeson Shareholder Communications Inc. is the information agent for the Offer. Requests for documentation should be directed to Georgeson Shareholder Communications at 17 State Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10004, (800) 377-9583 (Toll Free) (banks and brokerage firms please call (212) 440-9800.) Questions regarding the transaction should be directed to Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated at (800) 624-1808.
This announcement is not an offer to purchase, a solicitation of an offer to purchase or a solicitation of consent with respect to any Notes. The Offer is being made solely by the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated April 6, 2004, which set forth the complete terms of the tender offer and consent solicitation.
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ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) offers an extensive portfolio of power and data management semiconductors and standard semiconductor components that address the design needs of today’s sophisticated electronic products, appliances and automobiles. For more information visit ON Semiconductor’s website at https://www.onsemi.com.
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