Cazoo Group Ltd (NYSE: CZOO) (“Cazoo” or the “Company”), the UK’s leading online car retailer, which makes buying and selling a car as simple as ordering any other product online, today announces that holders (“Noteholders”) of 96% of its $630 million of 2.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2027 (the “Convertible Notes”) have voluntarily elected to enter into extensions of their lock-up agreements with the Company as a sign of their continued support of the business.
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Pursuant to the voluntary lock-up agreement, Noteholders have extended the original lock-up period, which was agreed to at the time of issuance of the Convertible Notes, from November 6, 2022 to September 30, 2023.
Alex Chesterman, Founder & CEO of Cazoo said: “We believe that the voluntary extension of the lock-up period by our Noteholders demonstrates their continued commitment to and confidence in the Company. In under 3 years since our launch, we have become the largest independent used car retailer in the UK, having now sold over 100,000 vehicles entirely online. We continue to grow our market share and are confident in our ability to capture a 5% or greater share of the £100bn UK used car market and achieve significant profitability while maintaining our market leading consumer proposition. We are pleased that our Noteholders share our confidence in the opportunity ahead and have signalled their continued support through this voluntary lock-up extension.”
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Cazoo is the UK’s largest independent used car retailer. Our mission is to transform the car buying and selling experience across the UK by providing better selection, value, transparency, convenience and peace of mind. Our aim is to make buying or selling a car no different to ordering any other product online, where consumers can simply and seamlessly buy, sell or finance a car entirely online for delivery or collection in as little as 72 hours. Cazoo was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman OBE and is a publicly traded company (NYSE: CZOO).
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