SiriusXM Completes $480 Million Strategic Investment in Pandora
Written by The PD on September 24, 2017
SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI) and Pandora (NYSE: P) today announced that SiriusXM has purchased $307.5 million of Series A preferred stock in Pandora, completing the $480 million strategic investment announced on June 9, 2017.
Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SiriusXM purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement on June 9, 2017, and today purchased an additional $307.5 million of the Series A preferred stock.
The Series A preferred stock is convertible into common stock at a purchase price of $10.50 per share. The Series A preferred stock bears a 6% cumulative dividend, payable in cash, accretion of the Series A preferred stock or a combination thereof. The Series A preferred stock represents a stake of 19% of Pandora’s currently outstanding common stock and a 16% interest on an as-converted basis.
Upon the closing of this second investment, Gregory B. Maffei, the Chairman of SiriusXM, James E. Meyer, the Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM, and David J. Frear, the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SiriusXM, were named to the Pandora Board of Directors. Mr. Maffei was also named Chairman of Pandora. With these additions, Elizabeth Nelson concluded her tenure on Pandora’s board, effective immediately. Nelson has served on Pandora’s board since 2013. The Pandora Board now consists of nine directors.
SiriusXM may require Pandora to redeem the Series A preferred stock beginning on September 22, 2022, the fifth anniversary of the closing, for an amount equal to its liquidation preference plus all accrued and unpaid dividends. Pandora may also redeem the Series A preferred stock at any time after September 22, 2020, the third anniversary of the closing, if the daily volume weighted average price of Pandora’s common stock is greater than or equal to 175% of the then applicable conversion price for a period of at least 20 days during a 30 day trading window prior to the notice of redemption.
Additional information relating to the SiriusXM investment may be found in the Form 8-K that will be filed by Pandora and the Form 8-K that was previously filed by Pandora on June 14, 2017, in connection with the announcement of the transaction with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Allen & Company LLC and BofA Merrill Lynch served as financial advisors to SiriusXM and Jones Day and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as its legal counsel. Centerview Partners LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC served as financial advisors to Pandora and Sidley Austin LLP and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as its legal counsel.