Seagate Technology Announces Pricing and Increased Size of Senior Unsecured Notes Offering

Oct 31, 2013

CUPERTINO, CA — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) announced that it has increased the size of its previously announced offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2018 (the “Notes”) to $800 million. The Notes were priced at 100% of the aggregate principal amount and will bear interest at a rate of 3.75% per annum. The Notes will be issued by Seagate HDD Cayman, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology plc, and guaranteed by Seagate Technology plc.

The Notes are being sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The sale of the Notes is expected to close on November 5, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

Seagate estimates that the net proceeds from the offering will be approximately $791 million after deducting underwriting discounts and estimated offering expenses.

Seagate intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes for general corporate purposes, which may include, but are not limited to, the retirement of a portion of its outstanding indebtedness, capital expenditures and other investments in the business.

About Seagate

Seagate is a world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes nor shall there be any sale of the Notes in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.  The Notes to be offered have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or applicable state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and applicable state securities laws. 

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