SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) (“Amazon” or the “Company”) today announced that it is offering to sell senior unsecured notes (collectively, the “Notes”) in a private offering.
The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund all or a portion of the consideration for its acquisition of Whole Foods Market, Inc. and for general corporate purposes.
The Notes being offered have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any state securities laws. As a result, they may not be offered or sold in the United States or to any U.S. persons, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the Notes are being offered only to “qualified institutional buyers” under Rule 144A of the Securities Act or, outside the United States, to persons other than “U.S. persons” in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. A confidential offering memorandum for the offering of the Notes, dated today, will be made available to such eligible persons. The offering is being conducted in accordance with the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in such confidential offering memorandum.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
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