Pharming Group announces the repurchase of outstanding €125 million convertible bonds due 2025

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Leiden, the Netherlands, 19th April, 2024: Pharming Group N.V. (“Pharming” or the “Company“) (Euronext Amsterdam: PHARM) announces the final results of its invitation to Eligible Bondholders (as defined below) of the outstanding €125 million 3.00% senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2025 issued on 21 January 2020 (the “2025 Bonds”; ISIN: XS2105716554) to tender for purchase via a reverse bookbuilding process for cash any and all of their 2025 Bonds (the “Invitation”).

Pharming announces the repurchase of €123.1 million of the 2025 Bonds, which represents 98.5% of the outstanding aggregate principal amount of the 2025 Bonds, on the basis of a final repurchase price per 2025 Bond equal to €100,000. In addition, the Company will pay accrued and unpaid interest from, and including, 21st January 2024 (being the last interest payment date for the 2025 Bonds prior to the Invitation) to, but excluding, the Invitation settlement date, which is expected to occur on 26th April 2024. Any 2025 Bonds repurchased by the Company in connection with the Invitation will be cancelled in accordance with the terms and conditions of the 2025 Bonds.

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The Invitation has been targeted at any holder of the 2025 Bonds that has represented that it is not located or resident in the United States and is not otherwise a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act) and is not participating in the Invitation from the United States or it is acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal located outside the United States that is not giving an order to participate in such Invitation from the United States in accordance with the “Important Notice in Relation to the Repurchase” below (such holders being “Eligible Bondholders”).

The remaining outstanding 2025 Bonds will represent an aggregate principal amount of €1.9 million. Considering that further to the repurchase, the aggregate principal amount of the 2025 Bonds outstanding and held by persons other than the Company and its subsidiaries is equal to or less than 15 per cent. of the aggregate principal amount originally issued, the Company may, subject to providing not less than 30 nor more than 60 days’ notice, early redeem all of the outstanding 2025 Bonds at their principal amount together with accrued interest thereon until (but excluding) the date of such early redemption.

HSBC and Jefferies acted as Joint Dealer Managers for the Invitation. Van Lanschot Kempen acted as advisor to the Company.

About Pharming Group N.V.
Pharming Group N.V. (EURONEXT Amsterdam: PHARM/Nasdaq: PHAR) is a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with rare, debilitating, and life-threatening diseases. Pharming is commercializing and developing an innovative portfolio of protein replacement therapies and precision medicines, including small molecules, biologics, and gene therapies that are in early to late-stage development. Pharming is headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, and has employees around the globe who serve patients in over 30 markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

For more information, visit www.pharming.com and find us on LinkedIn.

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For further public information, contact:
Pharming Group, Leiden, the Netherlands
Michael Levitan, VP Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
T: +1 (908) 705 1696
E: [email protected]

FTI Consulting, London, UK
Victoria Foster Mitchell/Alex Shaw/Amy Byrne
T: +44 203 727 1000

LifeSpring Life Sciences Communication, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Leon Melens
T: +31 6 53 81 64 27
E: [email protected]

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EACH PROSPECTIVE INVESTOR SHOULD PROCEED ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT IT MUST BEAR THE ECONOMIC RISK OF AN INVESTMENT IN THE SECURITIES. NONE OF THE COMPANY OR THE MANAGERS MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION AS TO (I) THE SUITABILITY OF THE SECURITIES FOR ANY PARTICULAR INVESTOR, (II) THE APPROPRIATE ACCOUNTING TREATMENT AND POTENTIAL TAX CONSEQUENCES OF INVESTING IN THE SECURITIES OR (III) THE FUTURE PERFORMANCE OF THE SECURITIES EITHER IN ABSOLUTE TERMS OR RELATIVE TO COMPETING INVESTMENTS.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE IN RELATION TO THE REPURCHASE

THIS PRESS RELEASE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH, OR TO OR FROM ANY PERSON TO OR FROM WHOM, IT IS UNLAWFUL TO MAKE SUCH REPURCHASE UNDER APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS. THE DISTRIBUTION OF THIS PRESS RELEASE IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS MAY BE RESTRICTED BY LAW. PERSONS INTO WHOSE POSSESSION THIS PRESS RELEASE COMES ARE REQUIRED BY THE COMPANY AND THE JOINT DEALER MANAGERS TO INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT, AND TO OBSERVE, ANY SUCH RESTRICTIONS.

UNITED STATES

THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE IS NOT BEING MADE AND WILL NOT BE MADE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO, OR BY USE OF THE MAIL OF, OR BY ANY MEANS OR INSTRUMENTALITY OF INTERSTATE OR FOREIGN COMMERCE OF, OR OF ANY FACILITIES OF A NATIONAL SECURITIES EXCHANGE OF, THE UNITED STATES. THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION, ELECTRONIC MAIL, TELEX, TELEPHONE, THE INTERNET AND OTHER FORMS OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION.

THE 2025 BONDS MAY NOT BE TENDERED IN THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE BY ANY SUCH USE, MEANS, INSTRUMENTALITY OR FACILITY FROM OR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. ACCORDINGLY, COPIES OF THIS PRESS RELEASE AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS OR MATERIALS RELATING TO THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE ARE NOT BEING, AND MUST NOT BE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, MAILED OR OTHERWISE TRANSMITTED, DISTRIBUTED OR FORWARDED (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, BY CUSTODIANS, NOMINEES OR TRUSTEES) IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES. ANY PURPORTED TENDER OF 2025 BONDS IN THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM A VIOLATION OF THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE INVALID AND ANY PURPORTED TENDER OF 2025 BONDS IN THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE MADE BY A PERSON LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY AGENT, FIDUCIARY OR OTHER INTERMEDIARY ACTING ON A NON-DISCRETIONARY BASIS FOR A PERSON OR A PRINCIPAL GIVING INSTRUCTIONS FROM WITHIN THE UNITED STATES WILL BE INVALID AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

EACH HOLDER OF 2025 BONDS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE WILL REPRESENT THAT IT IS NOT LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT IS NOT PARTICIPATING IN SUCH REPURCHASE FROM THE UNITED STATES, OR IT IS ACTING ON A NON-DISCRETIONARY BASIS FOR A PRINCIPAL THAT IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND THAT IS NOT GIVING AN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH REPURCHASE FROM THE UNITED STATES. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS AND THE ABOVE TWO PARAGRAPHS, “UNITED STATES” MEANS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS (INCLUDING PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, GUAM, AMERICAN SAMOA, WAKE ISLAND AND THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS), ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

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ITALY

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THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE IS BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE REPUBLIC OF ITALY AS EXEMPTED OFFERS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 101-BIS, PARAGRAPH 3-BIS OF THE LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 58 OF 24 FEBRUARY 1998, AS AMENDED (THE “ITALIAN FINANCIAL SERVICES ACT”) AND ARTICLE 35-BIS, PARAGRAPH 3, OF CONSOB REGULATION NO. 11971 OF 14 MAY 1999, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME (THE “ISSUERS’ REGULATION”). ACCORDINGLY, NO TENDERS BY THE HOLDERS OF THE 2025 BONDS MAY BE COLLECTED, NOR ANY OTHER MATERIALS RELATING TO THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE MAY BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE REPUBLIC OF ITALY EXCEPT TO QUALIFIED INVESTORS (INVESTITORI QUALIFICATI), AS DEFINED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 100 OF THE ITALIAN FINANCIAL SERVICES ACT AND ARTICLE 34- TER, FIRST PARAGRAPH, LETTER B) OF THE ISSUERS’ REGULATION. HOLDERS OR BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF THE 2025 BONDS THAT ARE RESIDENT OR LOCATED IN ITALY CAN TENDER SOME OR ALL OF THEIR 2025 BONDS PURSUANT TO THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE THROUGH AUTHORISED PERSONS (SUCH AS INVESTMENT FIRMS, BANKS OR FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES PERMITTED TO CONDUCT SUCH ACTIVITIES IN ITALY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ITALIAN FINANCIAL SERVICES ACT, CONSOB REGULATION NO. 20307 OF 15 FEBRUARY 2018, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 385 OF 1 SEPTEMBER 1993, AS AMENDED) AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OR WITH REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY CONSOB, THE BANK OF ITALY OR ANY OTHER ITALIAN AUTHORITY. HOLDERS OR BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF THE 2025 BONDS THAT ARE RESIDENT OR LOCATED IN ITALY CAN TENDER SOME OR ALL OF THEIR 2025 BONDS PURSUANT TO THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE THROUGH AUTHORISED PERSONS (SUCH AS INVESTMENT FIRMS, BANKS OR FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES PERMITTED TO CONDUCT SUCH ACTIVITIES IN ITALY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ITALIAN FINANCIAL SERVICES ACT, CONSOB REGULATION NO. 20307 OF 15 FEBRUARY 2018, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 385 OF 1 SEPTEMBER 1993, AS AMENDED) AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OR WITH REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY CONSOB, THE BANK OF ITALY OR ANY OTHER ITALIAN AUTHORITY.

EACH INTERMEDIARY MUST COMPLY WITH THE APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING INFORMATION DUTIES VIS-À-VIS ITS CLIENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2025 BONDS OR THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE.

FRANCE

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GENERAL

NEITHER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT NOR THE ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION THEREOF CONSTITUTES AN OFFER TO BUY OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL 2025 BONDS (AND TENDERS OF 2025 BONDS FOR PURCHASE PURSUANT TO THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM HOLDERS OF 2025 BONDS) IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION IS UNLAWFUL. IN THOSE JURISDICTIONS WHERE THE SECURITIES, BLUE SKY OR OTHER LAWS REQUIRE THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE TO BE MADE BY A LICENSED BROKER OR DEALER AND THE JOINT DEALER MANAGERS OR ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES ARE SUCH A LICENSED BROKER OR DEALER IN ANY SUCH JURISDICTION, THE CONCURRENT REPURCHASE SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE MADE BY THE JOINT DEALER MANAGERS OR SUCH AFFILIATE, AS THE CASE MAY BE, ON BEHALF OF THE COMPANY IN SUCH JURISDICTION.

THE COMPANY, THE JOINT DEALER MANAGERS AND OTHERS WILL RELY UPON THE TRUTH AND ACCURACY OF THE FOREGOING REPRESENTATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND AGREEMENTS.

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