OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)- Pandora (NYSE: P) today (5/8/2017) announced it has entered into an agreement for a $150 million strategic investment from KKR. In connection with the investment, Richard Sarnoff, KKR’s Head of Media & Communications Private Equity investing in the Americas, will join Pandora’s Board of Directors.
“We are happy to be partnering with KKR on this investment,” said Naveen Chopra, chief financial officer at Pandora. “A strong balance sheet gives us the ability to accelerate growth investments when appropriate and to compete aggressively in a rapidly changing, complex market.”
“We are excited to support the long-term growth of Pandora with this investment,” said Sarnoff. “A true pioneer in digital music, we believe that Pandora is uniquely positioned over the long term given the sheer size of its user base, the quality of its new subscription services and the fact that it has created one of the few scaled streaming media businesses in the US. The launch of Pandora Premium is yet another example of innovation at a company that created the modern-day music recommendation engine. And we believe that the next few years should be transformational for the company.”
Under the terms of the investment, KKR will purchase an aggregate of $150 million in a new designated Series A convertible preferred stock of Pandora. Pandora will pay dividends to the holders of the preferred stock quarterly at an annualized rate of 7.5% if paid in cash or 8% if paid in kind, at its option. The Series A preferred stock is convertible into common stock, cash or a combination thereof at a conversion price of $13.50 per share. The offering may be upsized to a total of $250 million should the Company determine to issue additional shares. The offering is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, and it is not expected to close earlier than June 8, 2017. The Offering is also subject to a customary fiduciary termination right in favor of Pandora. Additional information may be found in the Form 8-K that will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the transaction.
The investment is being made by KKR through its sponsored investment funds.
Centerview Partners LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to Pandora and Sidley Austin LLP is acting as legal counsel. For KKR, Deloitte served as accounting and tax advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal counsel.
This announcement is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale is unlawful. The Series A preferred stock and common stock issuable upon conversion thereof have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
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