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Snap announced Thursday that it is planning to raise up to $750 million through a private debt offering.

In a note to staff obtained by Axios, CEO Evan Spiegel says that the "proceeds from this offering will further bolster our balance sheet which will allow Snap the flexibility to continue to invest in the long-term growth of our business, even if challenging conditions continue."

Why it matters: The move comes just days after the company posted a strong quarterly earnings report, beating analyst estimates on revenue and user growth.

The state of play: Snap says that with the debt offering, it's also placing an option for initial purchasers to purchase up to an additional $112.5 million of the principal amount of the notes.

  • Snapchat says this is a "strategic, opportunistic capital raise" and that the company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for "general corporate purposes, including working capital, operating expenses, capital expenditures," and to pay the cost of the transactions.
  • The structure is similar to the $1 billion of convertible debt that it sold last August.
  • The debt securities will mature on May 1, 2025, unless repurchased, redeemed, or converted before that time.

Between the lines: The raise comes as Snapchat's business has matured. The company has been getting closer to profitability over the past few quarters, and posted its first quarter of positive operating cash flow in the first quarter.

The big picture: Snap isn't unusual in its effort to obtain cash during this uncertain economic period. Dozens of other tech and media companies have raised debt to shore up their balance sheets during the coronavirus crisis.

More from Spiegel's memo:

  • "This is a strategic, opportunistic capital raise to help us continue achieving our vision for the long-term. Convertible notes remain an efficient vehicle to raise capital, and investor demand for these types of convertible notes remains strong in the current environment."
  • "We still have lots of work to do, and remain excited about our long-term opportunity. The proceeds from this offering will further bolster our balance sheet which will allow Snap the flexibility to continue to invest in the long-term growth of our business, even if challenging conditions continue."
  • "Our products enable us to shape the future of how people experience the world around them, and to combine what they see in the real world through our camera with all that’s available to them in the digital world. We will continue to focus on recruiting top talent, and developing our augmented reality, content, and gaming platforms to enhance the Snapchat experience for our community and make a positive difference in the lives of people who use our products."

Go deeper: Snap stock soars after strong Q1 user, revenue growth

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Alphabet sees first-ever revenue decline

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Alphabet revenue dropped 2% from last year, the company announced in second-quarter earnings Thursday, beating Wall Street expectations a day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai appeared before the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee to face allegations of anticompetitive behavior.

Yes, but: Despite beating expectations on revenue, the company still reported its first-ever decline, thanks to a reduction in the advertising growth rate thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Stock rose slightly in after-hours trading.

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British national named in Colleyville synagogue standoff

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

British national Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, the FBI said in a statement.

State of play: Authorities had initially declined to release the name of the 44-year-old suspect or identify the hostages, all adults, though police chief Michael Miller confirmed that one of those held was Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who leads the congregation.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines — Experts warn of more COVID-19 variants after Omicron — WHO recommends 2 new treatments — What "mild" really means when it comes to Omicron — Deaths are climbing as cases skyrocket.
  2. Vaccines: America's vaccination drive runs out of gas— Puerto Rico expands booster shot requirements— Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.
  3. Politics: Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health" — Focus group says Biden weak on COVID response, strong on democracy
  4. Economy: America's labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic— — CDC COVID guidance for cruise ships to be optional starting Saturday — The cost of testing.
  5. States: West Virginia governor feeling "extremely unwell" after positive test — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers — America struggles to keep schools open
  6. World: Beijing reports first local Omicron case weeks before Winter Olympics — Teachers in France stage mass walkout over COVID protocols.
  7. Variant tracker