TROY, Mich., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc.
(NYSE: ARM) today announced the commencement of tender offers for up to $450
million aggregate principal amount of ArvinMeritor's notes listed below and in
the manner described below. The total outstanding principal amount of the
notes included in the offers is approximately $693 million. ArvinMeritor will
conduct the offers in accordance with terms and conditions described in its
Offer to Purchase dated Feb. 28, 2006. Each offer will expire at 11:59 p.m.
Eastern time on March 27, 2006, unless extended or earlier terminated (the
The offer consists of four separate offers, one for each series of notes.
The aggregate principal amount of notes that may be purchased in the offers
will not exceed $450 million. To the extent the aggregate principal amount of
notes tendered exceeds this cap, ArvinMeritor will accept notes for purchase
based on the priority level set forth below in the manner described in the
Offer to Purchase.
The Total Consideration for each $1,000 principal amount of notes tendered
pursuant to each of the offers will be equal to the price that results in a
yield to maturity equal to (1) the yield to maturity on the applicable
reference U.S. Treasury security identified in the list below, as measured at
2 p.m. Eastern time on March 13, 2006, plus (2) the fixed spread, listed
below, for the series of notes. ArvinMeritor intends to fund the purchase of
the notes from a combination of cash on hand, the proceeds from the sale of
its Purolator Filters business in North America and external sources,
including, but not limited to, public or private securities issuances or new
or existing credit facilities.
Holders of notes that are validly tendered and not validly withdrawn on or
before 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Early Tender Date of March 13, 2006 will
receive the Total Consideration for their notes that are accepted for
purchase. Holders of notes that are validly tendered after 5 p.m. Eastern time
on the Early Tender Date and on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the
Expiration Date will receive the Tender Offer Consideration for their notes
that are accepted for purchase, which is equal to the Total Consideration
minus the Early Tender Payment listed below for those notes. Holders who
tender notes on or before 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Early Tender Date can
withdraw tenders on or before 5 p.m. Eastern time on the Early Tender Date,
but not thereafter. Holders who tender notes after 5 p.m. Eastern time on the
Early Tender Date cannot withdraw their tenders.
In addition to any consideration received, holders who tender notes that
are accepted for payment in the offers will be paid any accrued and unpaid
interest calculated up to but not including the settlement date. The
settlement date is expected to be March 28, 2006, which is one day after the
Expiration Date or promptly thereafter.
Notes Related to the Offers
Principal Acceptance Spread U.S. Early
Amount Priority (Basis Treasury Tender
Notes Outstanding Level Points) Reference Payment*
ArvinMeritor $200,000,000 1 87.5 3.625% $15.00
6.625% due June
Notes due 30, 2007
ArvinMeritor $100,000,000 2 125 3.375% $30.00
6.75% due Feb.
Notes due 15, 2008
ArvinMeritor $91,400,000 3 200 2.625% $30.00
7.125% due March
Notes due 15, 2009
ArvinMeritor $302,000,000 4 200 4.5% $30.00
6.80% due Feb.
Notes due 15, 2009
* Per $1,000 principal amount of Notes accepted for purchase.
UBS Investment Bank, J. P. Morgan Securities Inc., Lehman Brothers Inc.,
and Citigroup Corporate & Investment Banking, are the dealer managers for the
offers. Global Bondholder Services Corp. is the Information Agent and the
Depositary. This news release is neither an offer to purchase nor a
solicitation of an offer to sell the securities. The offers are made only by
the Offer to Purchase dated Feb. 28, 2006, and the information in this news
release is qualified by reference to the Offer to Purchase. Persons with
questions regarding the offers should contact the UBS Investment Bank
liability management group at (888) 722-9555 ext. 4210 (toll free), or (203)
719-4210 (collect). Requests for documents should be directed to Global
Bondholder Services Corp. at (866) 540-1500 or (212) 430-3774 (collect).
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8.8 billion global supplier of a broad
range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle
industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and
specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets.
Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 29,000 people
at more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common
stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM.
For more information, visit the company's Web site at:
This press release contains statements relating to future results of the
company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-
looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a
result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to,
global economic and market conditions; the demand for commercial, specialty
and light vehicles for which the company supplies products; risks inherent in
operating abroad (including foreign currency exchange rates and potential
disruption of production and supply due to terrorist attacks or acts of
aggression); availability and cost of raw materials, including steel; OEM
program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products;
successful development of new products; reliance on major OEM customers; labor
relations of the company, its customers and suppliers, including potential
disruptions in supply of parts to our facilities or demand for our products
due to work stoppages; the financial condition of the company's suppliers and
customers, including potential bankruptcies; successful integration of
acquired or merged businesses; the ability to achieve the expected annual
savings and synergies from past and future business combinations; success and
timing of potential divestitures; potential impairment of long-lived assets,
including goodwill; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of
the company's debt; the ability of the company to access capital markets;
credit ratings of the company's debt; the outcome of existing and any future
legal proceedings, including any litigation with respect to environmental or
asbestos-related matters; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including,
but not limited to, those detailed from time to time in the filings of the
company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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