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Illumina to Offer $800 Million Convertible Senior Notes

Company to Repurchase up to $425 Million in Common Stock

SAN DIEGO, Mar 14, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today announced its intention to offer, subject to market and other conditions, approximately $800 million principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2016 through offerings to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The notes will be convertible under certain circumstances. Upon conversion, holders will receive, at Illumina's discretion, cash, shares of Illumina's common stock or a combination thereof. Illumina also expects to grant the initial purchasers an option to purchase up to $120 million of additional notes. The interest rate, conversion price and other terms of the notes will be determined by negotiations between Illumina and the initial purchasers of the notes.

Illumina expects to use up to $425 million of the net proceeds from this offering to purchase shares of its common stock in privately negotiated transactions concurrently with this offering. The company also intends to use between approximately $260 million and $390 million of the net proceeds of the offering to fund conversions of its currently outstanding convertible notes. Illumina intends to use the balance of the net proceeds for other general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions and additional purchases of its common stock.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. Any offers of the securities will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum. The securities and the shares of Illumina common stock issuable upon conversion or exercise of the securities have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

Use of forward looking statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on Illumina's expectations as of the date of this release and may differ materially from actual future events or results. Risks that could impact this offering are described in Illumina's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent filing on Form 10-K. Illumina undertakes no obligation, and does not intend, to update these forward-looking statements, to review or confirm analysts' expectations, or to provide interim reports or updates on the progress of the current financial quarter.

About Illumina

Illumina is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and function.

SOURCE: Illumina, Inc.

Illumina, Inc.
Peter J. Fromen
Sr. Director, Investor Relations
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Sr. Manager, Public Relations

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