BOSTON, March 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rapid7, Inc. (“Rapid7”) (Nasdaq: RPD) today announced that it intends to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, $500 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2027 (the “notes”) in a private placement to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Rapid7 also intends to grant the initial purchasers of the notes an option to purchase up to an additional $75 million aggregate principal amount of notes.
The notes will be general unsecured obligations of Rapid7 and will accrue interest payable semiannually in arrears. The notes will be convertible into cash, shares of Rapid7’s common stock or a combination of cash and shares of Rapid7’s common stock, at Rapid7’s election. The interest rate, initial conversion rate and other terms of the notes will be determined at the time of pricing of the offering.
Rapid7 expects to use a portion of the net proceeds from the offering of the notes to repurchase for a combination of cash and shares of its common stock a portion of its outstanding 1.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 (the “2023 notes”) in privately negotiated transactions to be entered into concurrently with the pricing of the notes and to pay the cost of the capped call transactions described below. The terms of any repurchases of the 2023 notes will depend on factors, including the market price of Rapid7’s common stock and the trading price of the 2023 notes at the time of such repurchases.
Rapid7 expects to use the remainder of the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include continued investment in its sales and marketing efforts, product development, general and administrative matters, and working capital. One of Rapid7’s primary growth strategies continues to be to pursue opportunities to acquire businesses or pursue strategic investments in complementary businesses or technologies or for geographic expansion, and at any time, including as of the date of this offering, Rapid7 is engaged in active discussions regarding such acquisition opportunities. Although Rapid7 has not entered into definitive agreements or commitments with respect to any material acquisitions at this time, if any such transactions are consummated it may use a portion of the proceeds from this offering to fund the purchase price thereof.
In connection with any repurchase of the 2023 notes, Rapid7 expects that holders of the outstanding 2023 notes that have hedged their equity price risk with respect to the 2023 notes (the “hedged holders”) will, concurrently with the pricing of the notes, unwind their hedge positions by buying Rapid7’s common stock and/or entering into or unwinding various derivative transactions with respect to Rapid7’s common stock. The amount of Rapid7’s common stock to be purchased by the hedged holders may be substantial in relation to the historic average daily trading volume of its common stock. This activity by the hedged holders may increase the effective conversion price of the notes.
In connection with the pricing of the notes, Rapid7 expects to enter into capped call transactions with one or more of the initial purchasers and/or their respective affiliates or other financial institutions (the “option counterparties”). The capped call transactions will cover, subject to customary adjustments, the number of shares of Rapid7’s common stock that initially underlie the notes. The capped call transactions are expected to offset the potential dilution to Rapid7’s common stock as a result of any conversion of notes, with such offset subject to a cap. If the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes, Rapid7 expects to enter into additional capped call transactions with the option counterparties.
In connection with establishing their initial hedges of the capped call transactions, Rapid7 has been advised that the option counterparties and/or their respective affiliates expect to enter into various derivative transactions with respect to Rapid7’s common stock concurrently with or shortly after the pricing of the notes and/or purchase shares of Rapid7’s common stock concurrently with or shortly after the pricing of the notes. This activity could increase (or reduce the size of any decrease in) the market price of Rapid7’s common stock or the notes at that time.
In addition, the option counterparties and/or their respective affiliates may modify their hedge positions by entering into or unwinding various derivatives with respect to Rapid7’s common stock and/or purchasing or selling Rapid7’s common stock or other securities of Rapid7 in secondary market transactions following the pricing of the notes and prior to the maturity of the notes (and are likely to do so on each exercise date of the capped call transactions, which are expected to occur during the 40 trading day period beginning on the 41st scheduled trading day prior to the maturity date of the notes, or following any termination of any portion of the capped call transactions in connection with any repurchase, redemption or early conversion of the notes). This activity could also cause or avoid an increase or a decrease in the market price of Rapid7’s common stock or the notes, and to the extent the activity occurs during any observation period related to a conversion of notes, which could affect a noteholder’s ability to convert its notes and, to the extent the activity occurs during any observation period related to a conversion of notes, it could affect the amount and value of the consideration that a noteholder will receive upon conversion of such notes.
Neither the notes, nor any shares of Rapid7’s common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes, have been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, and unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and other applicable securities laws.
This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
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This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements concerning the proposed terms of the notes, the capped call transactions, the repurchases of the 2023 notes transactions, the completion, timing and size of the proposed offering and capped call transactions, the potential dilution to Rapid7’s common stock and the anticipated use of net proceeds from the offering. These forward-looking statements include all statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts and such statements are, in some cases, identified by words such as “anticipate,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “will,” “would” or the negative or plural of these words or similar expressions or variations. These forward-looking statements are based on the information currently available to Rapid7 and on assumptions Rapid7 has made. Actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and are subject to a variety of assumptions, uncertainties, risks and factors that are beyond Rapid7’s control including, without limitation: market risks, trends and conditions; and those risks detailed from time-to-time under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Rapid7’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including Rapid7’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 26, 2021, as well as future filings and reports by Rapid7. Except as required by law, Rapid7 undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events, changes in expectations or otherwise.
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