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Amazon.com, Inc. Announces Early Participation Results of Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation for Whole Foods Market, Inc. 5.200% Notes Due 2025

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 6, 2017-- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) (“Amazon” or the “Company”) today announced that as of 5:00 p.m. New York City time, on December 5, 2017 (the “Early Participation Date”) 86.75% of the aggregate principal amount (which is 86.75% of the total outstanding principal amount) of the 5.200% Senior Notes due 2025 (CUSIP Nos. 966837AE6/966837AD8/U96710AA3) (the “Whole Foods Market Notes”) issued by Whole Foods Market, Inc. (“Whole Foods Market”) have been validly tendered (and not validly withdrawn) in Amazon’s previously announced offer to exchange all validly tendered (and not validly withdrawn) and accepted Whole Foods Market Notes for 5.200% Notes due 2025 to be issued by Amazon (the “Amazon Notes”), and the related solicitation of consents to amend the indenture governing the Whole Foods Market Notes (together, the “Exchange Offer”). In connection with the Exchange Offer, Amazon filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-221675) (the “Registration Statement”) for the issuance of the Amazon Notes with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on November 20, 2017, which has not yet been declared effective.

The dealer manager for the Exchange Offer is:

 

BofA Merrill Lynch

       

By Phone

By Mail or Hand:

Collect: (980) 387-3907

214 North Tryon Street, 14th Floor

Toll-Free: (888) 292-0070 Charlotte, North Carolina 28255
Attention: Liability Management Group
 

The exchange agent and information agent for the Exchange Offer is:

 

Global Bondholder Services Corporation

           

By Facsimile (Eligible Institutions Only):

By Phone

By Mail or Hand:

(212) 430-3775 or Toll Free: (866) 470-3900 65 Broadway—Suite 404
(212) 430-3779 New York, New York 10006
 

Amazon is making the Exchange Offer under the terms and conditions set forth in its preliminary prospectus, dated as of November 20, 2017 (the “Prospectus”), which forms a part of the Registration Statement, and the related Letter of Transmittal and Consent (the “Letter of Transmittal”) that contain a more complete description of the terms and conditions of the Exchange Offer. Subject to the Registration Statement being declared effective, the Exchange Offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 19, 2017, unless extended (the “Expiration Date”). Tendered Whole Foods Market Notes, and related consents, may be validly withdrawn at any time before the Expiration Date, and Amazon may terminate or withdraw the Exchange Offer at any time for any reason, subject to applicable law.

The consummation of the Exchange Offer is subject to, and conditional upon, the satisfaction or, where permitted, waiver of the conditions discussed in the Prospectus, including, among other things, the receipt of valid consents to the proposed amendments to the indenture governing the Whole Foods Market Notes from the holders of at least a majority of the outstanding aggregate principal amount of the Whole Foods Market Notes and the Registration Statement having been declared effective by the SEC.

The Exchange Offer may be made solely under the terms and conditions described in the Prospectus, the Letter of Transmittal, and the other related materials. Amazon has filed the Registration Statement for the Amazon Notes with the SEC, but the Registration Statement is not yet effective. The Amazon Notes may not be issued, nor may tenders of Whole Foods Market Notes be accepted, before the time the Registration Statement is declared effective by the SEC.

This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described in this press release and is also not a solicitation of the related consents. These securities will not be sold in any state or other jurisdiction where any offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful before registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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