Hutchinson Technology Announces Notes Repurchase and Private Placement Financing

Hutchinson Technology Announces Notes Repurchase and Private Placement
Financing

HUTCHINSON, Minn., Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hutchinson Technology
Incorporated (Nasdaq:HTCH) announced today that it completed the repurchase of
$18,682,000 aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8.50% Convertible
Senior Notes due 2026 (the "8.50% Convertible Notes") from certain holders for
cash totaling $11,582,840, plus accrued and unpaid interest. The repurchased
8.50% Convertible Notes are being retired, and a total of $39,822,000
aggregate principal amount of 8.50% Convertible Notes remain outstanding.

The repurchase was financed through a private placement completed January 22,
2013, with an accredited institutional investor for the sale of $12,200,000
aggregate principal amount of 10.875% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes due
2017 (the "10.875% Notes"). The company received cash proceeds of $11,590,000
from the private placement, all of which were used to fund the repurchase of
the 8.50% Convertible Notes.

David Radloff, Hutchinson Technology's chief financial officer, said the
refinancing improves the company's financial position by extending the
maturity on a portion of its debt and reducing its overall debt balance by
$6,482,000 while maintaining its cash levels.

The 10.875% Notes bear interest at a rate of 10.875% per annum, payable
semiannually in arrears on January 15 and July 15 of each year, beginning July
15, 2013, and mature on January 15, 2017, unless redeemed or repurchased in
accordance with their terms. The 10.875% Notes are secured by liens on
substantially all of the personal and real property of the company, which
liens rank equally and ratably with liens securing the company's outstanding
8.50% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes due 2017 (the "8.50% Secured Notes")
and junior in priority to any liens securing the company's existing or future
senior secured credit facilities (other than certain excluded assets).

In connection with the closing of the private placement, amendments to the
company's existing senior secured credit facility agreement and the company's
indenture governing its 8.50% Secured Notes became effective. The terms of the
credit facility and indenture were amended to, among other things, permit the
incurrence of the debt represented by the 10.875% Notes, the granting of the
second priority liens to secure the 10.875% Notes and the repurchase of the
8.50% Convertible Notes.

The definitive agreements containing details for the 8.50% Convertible Notes
repurchase, the private placement financing and the amendments to the
company's existing senior secured credit facility agreement and the indenture
governing its 8.50% Secured Notes will be filed as exhibits to a Current
Report on Form 8-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.

The 10.875% Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any state securities laws, and may not
be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable
exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and
applicable state securities laws.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of
an offer to buy any security, nor will there be an offer, solicitation or sale
in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would
be unlawful.

About Hutchinson Technology

Hutchinson Technology is a global technology leader committed to creating
value by developing solutions to critical customer problems. The company's
Disk Drive Components Division is a key worldwide supplier of suspension
assemblies for disk drives. The company's BioMeasurement Division is focused
on bringing new technologies and products to the market that provide
information clinicians can use to improve the quality of health care and
reduce costs.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. The company does not
undertake to update its forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned
not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject
to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are described from time to time
in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
many of which are outside of the company's control and which could have a
material adverse effect on the company and cause actual results to differ
materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements.
Therefore, the reader should consider these risks and other factors with
caution and form a critical and independent conclusion about their likely
effect on the company's actual results. All forward-looking statements
attributable to the company or persons acting on the company's behalf are
expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth
herein.

CONTACT: INVESTOR CONTACT:
         Chuck Ives
         Hutchinson Technology Inc.
         320-587-1605
        
         MEDIA CONTACT:
         Connie Pautz
         Hutchinson Technology Inc.
         320-587-1823

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