LONDON May 11, 2010 – Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), the international education and information company, today announced that it has sold a total of $350 million of 4.00% senior notes due May 2016. The notes will be issued by Pearson Funding Two plc, a newly formed finance subsidiary, and guaranteed by Pearson plc. The sale of the notes is expected to close on May 17, 2010.
The company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to further extend the duration of its debt maturity profile and for general corporate purposes.
In the United States, the notes have been offered to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933. The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act and may only be offered to sold in the United States pursuant to an or applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
This press release is neither an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy the notes or any other securities and shall not constitute an offer of solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. Any offers of the notes will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum.
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