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Callaway Golf announces success of private offering

7.08am 17th June 2009 - Corporate

Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) has successfully completed its offering of 1,250,000 shares of 7.50% Series B Cumulative Perpetual Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value, with a liquidation preference of $100 per share.

In addition, the Company announced that the initial purchasers exercised the option to purchase an additional 150,000 shares of preferred stock to cover over-allotments in full, bringing the total amount of the preferred stock sold to $140 million.

The Company will pay cumulative dividends on the preferred stock from the date of original issue at a rate of 7.50% per annum of the $100 liquidation preference per share, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances.

Lazard Capital Markets LLC acted as the sole book-running manager of the offering, and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. acted as co-managers.

Callaway intends to use the net proceeds of approximately $134 million to pay down a portion of its revolving line of credit, which the Company believes will enable it to retain the credit facility’s currently favorable terms and avoid the need for an amendment of such terms.

“We are very pleased with the strong response that the market gave this offering and believe it reflects our investors’ confidence in Callaway’s long-term growth prospects,” said George Fellows, President and CEO of Callaway Golf Company.

“Callaway has continued to maintain or grow market share in a challenging environment and with a strengthened balance sheet, the Company is well positioned to quickly take advantage of opportunities as the economy recovers. We enjoy worldwide brand equity and have a proven history of innovation, which is reflected by Callaway’s dedicated followers in more than 100 countries. This global reach and geographic diversity allows the Company to find opportunities in regions throughout the world.”

Callaway Golf Company www.callawaygolf.com

       

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