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Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(5)
Registration No. 333-238831

 

Information contained in this prospectus supplement is subject to completion or amendment. This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

 

 

PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT (Subject to Completion)

(To Prospectus dated June 1, 2020)

Issued May 10, 2021

 

Amazon.com, Inc.

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Amazon.com, Inc. is offering $         of our     % notes due                  (the “                 notes” or the “Sustainability Notes”), $         of our         % notes due                  (the “                 notes”), $         of our                 % notes due                  (the “                 notes”), $         of our     % notes due                  (the “                 notes”), $         of our     % notes due                  (the “                 notes”), $                 of our     % notes due                  (the “                 notes”), $         of our     % notes due                  (the “                 notes”), and $         of our     % notes due                  (the “                 notes,” and, together with the                  notes, the                  notes, the                  notes, the                  notes, the                  notes, the                  note, and the                  notes, the “notes”). The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of     % per annum. The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of                 % per annum. The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of     % per annum. The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of     % per annum. The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of     % per annum. The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of     % per annum. The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of     % per annum. The                  notes will bear interest at a rate of     % per annum. We will pay interest semi-annually on the notes beginning                 , 2021. The                  notes will mature on                 . The                  notes will mature on                 . The                  notes will mature on                 . The                  notes will mature on                 . The                  notes will mature on                 . The                  notes will mature on                 . The                  notes will mature on                 . The                  notes will mature on                 .

 

 

We may redeem some or all of any series of notes at any time at the applicable redemption prices described beginning on page S-17. The notes are senior unsecured obligations and will rank equally with all of our other senior unsecured indebtedness from time to time outstanding. There is no sinking fund for the notes. The notes are not, and are not expected to be, listed on any securities exchange.

 

 

Investing in the notes involves risks. See “Risk Factors” beginning on page S-7 of this prospectus supplement.

 

 

 

      

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(1) Plus accrued interest, if any, from                 , 2021, if settlement occurs after that date.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus supplement or the prospectus to which it relates is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The underwriters expect to deliver the notes on or about                 , 2021 only in book-entry form through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company for the accounts of its participants, including Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V., as operator of the Euroclear System, and Clearstream Banking S.A.

 

 

Joint Book-Running Managers

 

J.P. MORGAN   CITIGROUP   MORGAN STANLEY   WELLS FARGO SECURITIES

            , 2021.


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Prospectus Supplement

 

     Page  

About this Prospectus Supplement

     S-ii  

Where You Can Find More Information

     S-ii  

Forward-Looking Statements

     S-iii  

Summary

     S-1  

Risk Factors

     S-7  

Use of Proceeds

     S-11  

Description of the Notes

     S-14  

Material United States Federal Income Tax Considerations

     S-20  

Underwriters

     S-25  

Validity of the Notes

     S-31  

Experts

     S-31  

Information Incorporated by Reference

     S-32  

Prospectus

 

     Page  

About This Prospectus

     1  

Where You Can Find More Information

     1  

Incorporation by Reference

     2  

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

     3  

About the Registrant

     3  

Risk Factors

     3  

Use of Proceeds

     4  

Description of Debt Securities

     4  

Description of Common Stock

     17  

Description of Other Securities

     18  

Plan of Distribution

     19  

Validity of the Securities

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Experts

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We have not, and the underwriters have not, authorized anyone to provide you with any additional information or any information that is different from that contained in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, and any free writing prospectus provided in connection with this offering. We take no responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. We are not, and the underwriters are not, making an offer of these securities or soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer is not permitted. The information contained in or incorporated by reference into this document is accurate only as of the date of this document, unless the information specifically indicates that another date applies.

Unless otherwise indicated or the context otherwise requires, references in this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus to the “Company,” “Amazon.com,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Amazon.com, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

 

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT

This document is in two parts. The first part is this prospectus supplement, which describes the specific terms of this offering of the notes and also adds to and updates information contained in the accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. The second part, the accompanying prospectus, gives more general information about us and the securities we may offer from time to time under our shelf registration statement, some of which may not apply to this offering of the notes. If the description of this offering of the notes in the accompanying prospectus is different from the description in this prospectus supplement, you should rely on the information contained in this prospectus supplement.

You should read this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, the documents incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, and any free writing prospectus provided in connection with this offering before deciding whether to invest in the notes offered by this prospectus supplement.

You should not consider any information in this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus to be investment, legal, or tax advice. You should consult your own counsel, accountants, and other advisers for legal, tax, business, financial, and related advice regarding the purchase of any of the notes offered by this prospectus supplement.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

We file annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, proxy and information statements, and amendments to reports filed or furnished pursuant to Sections 13(a), 14, and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The SEC maintains a website at www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding Amazon.com, Inc. and other companies that file materials with the SEC electronically. Copies of our periodic and current reports and proxy statements may be obtained, free of charge, on our website at amazon.com/ir. This reference to our Internet address is for informational purposes only and shall not, under any circumstances, be deemed to incorporate the information contained in, or accessible through, such Internet address into this prospectus supplement.

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, and the documents incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding guidance, industry prospects, or future results of operations or financial position, made in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus are forward-looking. We use words such as anticipates, believes, expects, future, intends, and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Actual results could differ materially for a variety of reasons, including, among others, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in global economic conditions and customer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet, online commerce, and cloud services, the amount that we invest in new business opportunities and the timing of those investments, the mix of products and services sold to customers, the mix of net sales derived from products as compared with services, the extent to which we owe income or other taxes, competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international growth and expansion, the outcomes of claims, litigation, government investigations, and other proceedings, fulfillment, sortation, delivery, and data center optimization, risks of inventory management, variability in demand, the degree to which we enter into, maintain, and develop commercial agreements, proposed and completed acquisitions and strategic transactions, payments risks, and risks of fulfillment throughput and productivity. In addition, additional or unforeseen effects from the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic climate may give rise to or amplify many of these risks. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management’s expectations, are described in greater detail in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021, under “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” Although we believe we have been prudent in our plans and assumptions, no assurance can be given that any goal or plan set forth in forward-looking statements can or will be achieved, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements which speak only as of the date they are made. Although we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law, you are advised to consult any additional disclosures we make in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

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SUMMARY

You should read the following summary together with the entire prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference, including our consolidated financial statements and related notes. You should carefully consider, among other things, the matters discussed in “Risk Factors” in this prospectus supplement, in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2021, which is incorporated by reference herein, and in the other documents incorporated by reference and in the other documents that we subsequently file with the SEC.

About Amazon.com

We seek to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. We are guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. In each of our segments, we serve our primary customer sets, consisting of consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. In addition, we provide services, such as advertising to sellers, vendors, publishers, authors, and others, through programs such as sponsored ads, display, and video advertising.

We have organized our operations into three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (“AWS”). These segments reflect the way the Company evaluates its business performance and manages its operations.

Consumers

We serve consumers through our online and physical stores and focus on selection, price, and convenience. We design our stores to enable hundreds of millions of unique products to be sold by us and by third parties across dozens of product categories. Customers access our offerings through our websites, mobile apps, Alexa, devices, streaming, and physically visiting our stores. We also manufacture and sell electronic devices, including Kindle, Fire tablet, Fire TV, Echo, Ring, and other devices, and we develop and produce media content. We seek to offer our customers low prices, fast and free delivery, easy-to-use functionality, and timely customer service. In addition, we offer Amazon Prime, a membership program that includes unlimited free shipping on over 100 million items, access to unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Original content, and other benefits.

We fulfill customer orders in a number of ways, including through: North America and International fulfillment networks that we operate; co-sourced and outsourced arrangements in certain countries; digital delivery; and through our physical stores. We operate customer service centers globally, which are supplemented by co-sourced arrangements.

Sellers

We offer programs that enable sellers to grow their businesses, sell their products in our stores, and fulfill orders through us. We are not the seller of record in these transactions. We earn fixed fees, a percentage of sales, per-unit activity fees, interest, or some combination thereof, for our seller programs.

Developers and Enterprises

We serve developers and enterprises of all sizes, including start-ups, government agencies, and academic institutions, through AWS, which offers a broad set of on-demand technology services, including compute, storage, database, analytics, and machine learning, and other services.



 

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Content Creators

We serve authors and independent publishers with Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that lets independent authors and publishers choose a royalty option and make their books available in the Kindle Store, along with Amazon’s own publishing arm, Amazon Publishing. We also offer programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, skill and app developers, and others to publish and sell content.

Risk Factors

An investment in the notes involves risk. You should carefully consider the information set forth in the section of this prospectus supplement entitled “Risk Factors” beginning on page S-7, as well as the other risk factors and other information included in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, before deciding whether to invest in the notes.

Corporate Information

Amazon.com, Inc.’s principal corporate offices are located in Seattle, Washington. We completed our initial public offering in May 1997 and our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “AMZN.” We maintain a website at amazon.com/ir. Information contained in, or accessible through, our website is not incorporated into this prospectus supplement or the accompanying prospectus.



 

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The Offering

The summary below describes the principal terms of the notes. Certain of the terms described below are subject to important limitations and exceptions. The “Description of the Notes” section of this prospectus supplement and the “Description of Debt Securities” section of the accompanying prospectus contain a more detailed description of the terms of the notes.

 

Issuer

  

Amazon.com, Inc.

Securities Offered

  

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Maturity Date

  

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Interest Rate

  

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Interest Payment Dates

   We will pay interest on the notes on                 and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021.

Ranking

   The notes will be senior unsecured obligations of ours and will rank equally with all our other senior unsecured indebtedness from time to time outstanding.

Optional Redemption

   We may, at our option, redeem any series of notes, in whole or in part, at any time prior to the applicable Par Call Date (defined herein) (or in the case of the                 notes and the                 notes, at any time prior to maturity) at a price equal to the greater of (1) 100% of the principal amount of the applicable series of notes to be redeemed, and (2) the sum of the present value of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest on the notes to be redeemed (A) in the case of the                 notes and the                 notes, from the redemption date to the applicable maturity date, and (B) in the case of the                 notes, the                 notes, the                 notes, the                 notes, the                 notes, and the                 notes, that would have been payable in respect of such notes calculated as if the maturity date of such notes was the applicable Par Call Date, in each case, discounted from the scheduled payment dates to the redemption date on a semi-annual basis at the Treasury Rate (as defined in “Description of the Notes—Optional Redemption”) plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, and plus         basis points in the case of the                 notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the redemption date.
   Notwithstanding the immediately preceding paragraph, we may, at our option, redeem the                 notes, the                 notes, the                 notes, the                 notes, the                 notes, and the                 notes, in whole or in part, at any time, on or after the applicable Par Call Date at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the redemption date.


 

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   Notice of any redemption of the notes in connection with a transaction or an event may, at our discretion, be given prior to the completion or the occurrence thereof. Any redemption or notice may, at our discretion, be subject to one or more conditions precedent, including, but not limited to, completion or occurrence of a related transaction or event. At our discretion, the redemption date may be delayed until such time as any or all such conditions shall be satisfied, or such redemption may not occur and such notice may be rescinded in the event that any or all such conditions shall not have been satisfied by the redemption date, or by the redemption date as so delayed.
   For more information see “Description of the Notes—Optional Redemption.”

Use of Proceeds

  

We intend to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes (other than the Sustainability Notes) for general corporate purposes, which may include, but are not limited to, repayment of debt, repurchases of outstanding shares of common stock, acquisitions, investments, working capital, investments in our subsidiaries, and capital expenditures.

 

We intend to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes to finance or refinance, in whole or in part, green or social Eligible Projects (as defined herein).

 

For more information see “Use of Proceeds.”

Denominations

   The notes will be issued in minimum denominations of $2,000 and multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.

Form of Notes

   We will issue the notes in the form of one or more fully registered global notes registered in the name of the nominee of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”). Investors may elect to hold the interests in the global notes through any of DTC, the Euroclear System (“Euroclear”), or Clearstream Banking S.A. (“Clearstream”), as described under “Description of Debt Securities—Book-Entry, Delivery, and Form” in the accompanying prospectus.

Further Issuances

   We may, without the consent of existing holders, increase the principal amount of the notes by issuing more notes in the future, on the same terms and conditions (other than differences in the issue date, issue price, interest accrued prior to the issuance of such additional notes, and restrictions on transfer in respect of such additional notes) and with the same CUSIP number (unless the additional notes of a series are not fungible for U.S. federal income tax or


 

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   securities law purposes with such series), in each case, as the notes being offered by this prospectus supplement. We do not plan to inform the existing holders if we re-open a series of notes to issue and sell additional notes of such series in the future. Additional notes issued in this manner will be consolidated with and will form a single series with the applicable series of notes being offered hereby (except to the extent set forth in this paragraph).

Risk Factors

   You should consider carefully all the information set forth in and incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and, in particular, you should evaluate the specific factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” beginning on page S-7 of this prospectus supplement, as well as the other information contained or incorporated herein by reference, before investing in any of the notes offered hereby.

Governing Law

   The indenture provides that New York law shall govern any action regarding the notes brought pursuant to the indenture.

Trustee

   Wells Fargo Bank, National Association.


 

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RISK FACTORS

An investment in the notes involves certain risks. In addition to the other information contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, you should carefully consider the following discussion of risks before deciding whether an investment in the notes is suitable for you. In addition, you should carefully consider the other risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, before investing in the notes.

In addition to the foregoing risks relating to us, the following are additional risks relating to an investment in the notes.

The notes are structurally subordinated to the indebtedness and other liabilities of our subsidiaries.

The notes are obligations exclusively of Amazon.com, Inc. and not of any of our subsidiaries. Our operations are primarily conducted through our subsidiaries, which are separate legal entities that have no obligation to pay any amounts due under the notes or to make any funds available therefor, whether by dividends, loans, or other payments. Except to the extent we are a creditor with recognized claims against our subsidiaries, all claims of creditors (including trade creditors) of our subsidiaries will have priority with respect to the assets of such subsidiaries over our claims (and therefore the claims of our creditors, including holders of the notes). Consequently, the notes will be structurally subordinated to all liabilities of our subsidiaries and any subsidiaries that we may in the future acquire or establish, including the lenders under a secured revolving credit facility and the creditors for any additional secured debt to the extent of the value of the assets securing such indebtedness.

The notes are subject to prior claims of any secured creditors, and if a default occurs, we may not have sufficient funds to fulfill our obligations under the notes.

The notes are our unsecured general obligations, ranking equally with other senior unsecured indebtedness outstanding from time to time. The indenture governing the notes and our existing outstanding senior notes, and the agreements governing our other debt, permit us and our subsidiaries to incur additional indebtedness, including secured debt. If we incur any additional secured debt, our assets will be subject to prior claims by our secured creditors to the extent of the value of the assets securing such indebtedness. In the event of our bankruptcy, liquidation, reorganization, or other winding up, assets that secure debt will be available to pay obligations on the notes only after all debt secured by those assets has been repaid in full. Holders of the notes will participate in our remaining assets ratably with all of our unsecured and unsubordinated creditors, including holders of our existing notes and our trade creditors. If we incur any additional obligations that rank equally with the notes, including trade payables, the holders of those obligations will be entitled to share ratably with the holders of the notes and our existing notes in any proceeds distributed upon our insolvency, liquidation, reorganization, dissolution, or other winding up. This may have the effect of reducing the amount of proceeds paid to you. If there are not sufficient assets remaining to pay all of these creditors, all or a portion of the notes then outstanding would remain unpaid.

The limited covenants in the indenture for the notes and the terms of the notes do not provide protection against some types of important corporate events and may not protect your investment.

The indenture for the notes does not:

 

   

require us to maintain any financial ratios or specific levels of net worth, revenues, income, cash flow, or liquidity and, accordingly, does not protect holders of the notes in the event that we experience significant adverse changes in our financial condition or results of operations;

 

   

restrict our subsidiaries’ ability to issue securities or otherwise incur indebtedness or other liabilities that would be senior to our equity interests in our subsidiaries and therefore would be structurally senior to the notes;

 

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limit our ability to incur secured indebtedness that would effectively rank senior to the notes to the extent of the value of the assets securing the indebtedness, or to engage in sale/leaseback transactions;

 

   

limit our ability to incur indebtedness that is equal in right of payment to the notes;

 

   

restrict our ability to repurchase or prepay our securities or other indebtedness;

 

   

restrict our ability to make investments or to repurchase or pay dividends or make other payments in respect of our common stock or other securities ranking junior to the notes;

 

   

restrict our ability to enter into highly leveraged transactions; or

 

   

require us to repurchase the notes in the event of a change in control.

As a result of the foregoing, when evaluating the terms of the notes, you should be aware that the terms of the indenture and the notes do not restrict our ability to engage in, or to otherwise be a party to, a variety of corporate transactions, circumstances, and events, such as certain acquisitions, refinancings, or recapitalizations that could substantially and adversely affect our capital structure and the value of the notes. For these reasons, you should not consider the covenants in the indenture as a significant factor in evaluating whether to invest in the notes.

Changes in our credit ratings may adversely affect your investment in the notes.

The major debt rating agencies routinely evaluate our debt. These ratings are not recommendations to purchase, hold, or sell the notes, inasmuch as the ratings do not comment as to market price or suitability for a particular investor, are limited in scope, and do not address all material risks relating to an investment in the notes, but rather reflect only the view of each rating agency at the time the rating is issued. The ratings are based on information furnished to the rating agencies by us and information obtained by the rating agencies from other sources. An explanation of the significance of such rating may be obtained from such rating agency. There can be no assurance that such credit ratings will remain in effect for any given period of time or that such ratings will not be lowered, suspended, or withdrawn entirely by the rating agencies, if, in each rating agency’s judgment, circumstances so warrant. Actual or anticipated changes or downgrades in our credit ratings, including any announcement that our ratings are under further review for a downgrade, could affect the market value and liquidity of the notes and increase our corporate borrowing costs.

There may not be active markets for the notes.

We cannot assure you that trading markets for the notes will ever develop or will be maintained. Further, there can be no assurance as to the liquidity of any markets that may develop for the notes, your ability to sell your notes, or the prices at which you will be able to sell your notes. Future trading prices of the notes will depend on many factors, including prevailing interest rates, our financial condition and results of operations, the then-current ratings assigned to the notes, and the market for similar securities. In addition, other factors being equal, an increase in the prevailing interest rates will cause the market price of the notes to decline. Any trading markets that develop for the notes would be affected by many factors independent of and in addition to the foregoing, including the:

 

   

propensity of existing holders to trade their positions in the notes;

 

   

time remaining to the maturity of the notes;

 

   

outstanding amount of the notes;

 

   

redemption of the notes; and

 

   

level, direction, and volatility of market interest rates generally.

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continue to meet the investment requirements of certain environmentally or socially focused investors with respect to the Sustainability Notes.

Redemption may adversely affect your return on the notes.

We have the right to redeem some or all of the notes prior to maturity. We may redeem the notes at times when prevailing interest rates may be relatively low. Accordingly, you may not be able to reinvest the redemption proceeds in a comparable security at an effective interest rate as high as that of the notes.

There can be no assurance that use of proceeds of the Sustainability Notes to finance Eligible Projects will be suitable for the investment criteria of an investor.

We intend to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes specifically to finance or refinance, in whole or in part, one or more new or existing green or social Eligible Projects, but no assurance can be given that any such Eligible Projects will be capable of being implemented or implemented substantially in such manner, or that such Eligible Projects will be completed within any specified time period or at all or with the results or outcome (whether or not related to the environmental, sustainability, or social impact) as we originally expected or anticipated. The examples of projects in “Use of Proceeds” are for illustrative purposes only and no assurance can be provided that disbursements for projects with these specific characteristics will be made by us with the net proceeds from the Sustainability Notes. We have significant flexibility in allocating the net proceeds of the Sustainability Notes, including re-allocating the net proceeds in the event we determine in our discretion that projects receiving allocation no longer meet the criteria for Eligible Projects, and there can be no assurance that the net proceeds will be totally or partially disbursed for any such Eligible Projects. None of the underwriters for this offering are responsible for assessing or verifying whether or not the Eligible Projects to which we allocate the net proceeds of the Sustainability Notes meet the criteria described in “Use of Proceeds,” or for the monitoring of the use of proceeds. Neither the terms of the Sustainability Notes nor the indenture require us to use the proceeds as described under “Use of Proceeds” and any failure by us to comply with the anticipated use of proceeds will not constitute a breach of or an event of default under the Sustainability Notes or the indenture.

Prospective investors should carefully review the information set out in this prospectus supplement regarding such use of the net proceeds and must determine for themselves the relevance of such information for the purpose of any investment in the Sustainability Notes together with any other investigation such investor deems necessary. In particular, no assurance is given by us or any underwriter of the Sustainability Notes that the use of such net proceeds to fund any Eligible Projects will satisfy (or will continue to satisfy), whether in whole or in part, any present or future investor expectations, requirements, taxonomies, standards, or other investment criteria or guidelines with which such investor or its investments are required to comply, whether by any present or future applicable laws or regulations or by its own by-laws or other governing rules or investment portfolio mandates, ratings mandates or criteria, taxonomies, or standards, or other independent expectations, including with regard to any direct or indirect environmental, sustainability, or social impact of any Eligible Projects or for listing or admission to trading on any dedicated “green,” “environmental,” “social,” “sustainable,” or other equivalently labeled index or segment of any stock exchange or securities market, in particular with regard to any direct or indirect environmental, sustainability, or social impact of any projects or uses, the subject of or related to, any Eligible Projects. Any failure by us to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes to one or more Eligible Projects or the failure of those investments or financings to satisfy investor, index, or stock exchange or securities market expectations or requirements could have a material adverse effect on the market price of the Sustainability Notes and/or result in adverse consequences for certain investors with portfolio mandates to invest in securities to be used for a particular purpose. No assurance can be given that the Sustainability Notes will be listed or admitted to trading on any dedicated “green,” “environmental,” “social,” “sustainable,” or other equivalently labeled segment of any stock exchange or securities market (whether or not regulated), and we do not intend to apply for any such listing or admission.

 

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The Eligible Projects to which we allocate the net proceeds from the Sustainability Notes have complex direct or indirect environmental, sustainability, or social impacts and adverse environmental or social impacts may occur during the design, construction, and operation of the projects. In addition, projects may become controversial or criticized by activist groups or other stakeholders, which could have a negative effect on the trading price of the Sustainability Notes.

There is no legal, regulatory, or market definition of or standardized criteria for what constitutes a “green,” “social,” “sustainable,” or other equivalently labeled project, and any such designations made by third parties with respect to the Sustainability Notes may not be suitable for the investment criteria of an investor.

There is currently no clearly defined definition (legal, regulatory, or otherwise) of, nor market consensus as to what constitutes, a “green,” “social,” “sustainable,” or an equivalently labeled project, or as to what precise attributes are required for a particular project to be defined as “green,” “social,” “sustainable,” or such other equivalent label, and nor can any assurance be given that such a clear definition or consensus will develop over time or, if such definition or consensus develops in the future, that the Eligible Projects will meet such criteria. Accordingly, no assurance is or can be given to investors that any Eligible Projects selected to receive an allocation of funds from the net proceeds of the Sustainability Notes will meet any or all investor expectations regarding such “green,” “social,” “sustainable,” or other equivalently labeled performance objectives, or that any adverse environmental, social, and/or other impacts will not occur during the implementation of any Eligible Projects financed, in whole or in part, by the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes.

No assurance or representation is given as to the suitability or reliability for any purpose whatsoever of any opinion or certification of any third party (whether or not solicited by us), including any second party opinion such as the SPO discussed under “Use of Proceeds,” that may be made available in connection with the issuance of the Sustainability Notes and, in particular, with respect to whether any Eligible Projects fulfill any environmental, social, sustainability, and/or other criteria. For the avoidance of doubt, any such opinion or certification is not and shall not be deemed to be incorporated into and/or form part of this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. Any such opinion or certification is not, nor should be deemed to be, a recommendation by us or any underwriter, or any other person, to buy, sell, or hold the Sustainability Notes. Any such opinion or certification is only current as of the date that opinion or certification was initially issued. Prospective investors must determine for themselves the relevance of any such opinion or certification and/or the information contained therein and/or the provider of such opinion or certification for the purpose of any investment in the Sustainability Notes. Currently, the providers of such opinions and certifications are not subject to any specific regulatory or other regime or oversight. Any withdrawal of any such opinion or certification or any additional opinion or certification attesting that we are not complying in whole or in part with any matters for which such opinion or certification is opining or certifying may have a material adverse effect on the value of the Sustainability Notes and/or result in adverse consequences for certain investors with mandates to invest in securities to be used for a particular purpose.

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

Use of proceeds for the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, and the          notes

The net proceeds from the sale of the notes (other than the Sustainability Notes) are estimated to be approximately $                , after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and the estimated offering expenses payable by us. The net proceeds from the sale of the notes (other than the Sustainability Notes) will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include, but are not limited to, repayment of debt, repurchases of outstanding shares of common stock, acquisitions, investments, working capital, investments in our subsidiaries, and capital expenditures. Such net proceeds may be temporarily invested by us in interest-bearing securities prior to use.

Use of proceeds for the Sustainability Notes

The net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes are estimated to be approximately $                , after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and the estimated offering expenses payable by us. We intend to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes to finance or refinance, in whole or in part, green or social Eligible Projects. Pending allocation, an amount equal to the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes may be held in accordance with our internal investment policy, temporarily invested in cash, cash equivalents, and/or high-quality marketable securities. In the case of divestment or if a project no longer meets the eligibility criteria listed below, we intend to reallocate the funds to other Eligible Projects.

Eligible Projects

“Eligible Projects” are investments and expenditures, including private equity investments, loans, and other financing structures, made by us or any of our subsidiaries from the issuance date of the Sustainability Notes and including the 24 months prior to the issuance of the Sustainability Notes that meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:

 

   

Clean Transportation: Expenditures related to the design, development, construction, maintenance, and operation of electric and alternative vehicles and related infrastructure. Example projects may include, but are not limited to:

 

   

Acquisition of electric vehicles for transportation fleets.

 

   

Acquisition of electric alternative delivery vehicles such as e-bikes, electric three-wheelers, and pedal-assist electric bikes connected to cargo trailers.

 

   

Installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

 

   

Private equity investments in clean transportation, where a minimum of 90% of the company’s revenues are derived from clean transportation.

 

   

Renewable Energy: Expenditures related to the construction, development, acquisition, maintenance, and operation of renewable energy generation (solar and wind), as well as renewable energy storage projects. Example projects may include, but are not limited to:

 

   

On-site renewable energy projects and storage installations.

 

   

Renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs).

 

   

Investments in utility programs that add new renewable energy to the grid.

 

   

Sustainable Buildings:

 

   

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LEED Gold or Platinum, BREEAM Excellent or Outstanding, ILFI Zero Carbon, or equivalent certification.

 

   

Expenditures related to sustainability in the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, and improvement of Amazon buildings (including data centers). Example projects may include, but are not limited to:

 

   

Design and retrofit of buildings to reduce energy, water, and waste. For example, Amazon’s second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia will include an all-electric central heating and cooling system that will be run on 100% renewable energy. When possible, AWS incorporates direct evaporative technology for cooling data centers, significantly reducing energy and water consumption. In India, many of our fulfillment centers have the ability to collect and recycle water on-site. We do this with rainwater collection tanks or recharge wells, which send water back into aquifers and in-house sewage treatment plants, making it possible to reuse water for flushing and gardening. We have also implemented waterless urinals in our fulfillment and sort centers along with water restrictors for taps and water efficient faucets.

 

   

Private equity investments in companies who derive more than 90% of revenue from technologies that advance progress towards zero carbon buildings. For example, low embodied carbon concrete for construction projects.

 

   

Affordable Housing: Expenditures related to the development, construction, acquisition, and financing of affordable housing units. Example projects may include, but are not limited to:

 

   

Financing structures to support the preservation and development of housing units.

 

   

Socioeconomic Advancement and Empowerment: Expenditures related to launching, scaling, and investing in upskilling training programs. Example projects may include, but are not limited to:

 

   

Providing Amazon employees access to the education and training for jobs either at Amazon or elsewhere in their communities.

 

   

Offering cloud computing and machine learning skills development and training programs for unemployed and underemployed individuals.

 

   

Creating opportunities for employees to participate in upskilling programs focused on enabling career transitions and development.

The examples of projects noted above are for illustrative purposes only and no assurance can be provided that disbursements for projects with these specific characteristics will be made by us or any of our subsidiaries. We will not knowingly allocate proceeds from the issuance of the Sustainability Notes to greenhouse gas intensive projects inconsistent with the delivery of a low carbon economy or activities involving exploitation of human rights. We will allocate projects as soon as practicable.

Process of Project Evaluation and Selection

We regularly analyze the environmental and social impacts of our businesses and assess how we can positively contribute to, and manage impacts on, the many communities in which we operate across the United States and the world. Representatives from our Sustainability, Legal, Treasury, and Finance teams will evaluate and select Eligible Projects and, at least annually, assess their performance in compliance with our Sustainable Bond Framework (the “Framework”).

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Sustainability Notes may be held in accordance with our internal investment policy, temporarily invested in cash, cash equivalents, and/or high-quality marketable securities. In the case of divestment or if a project no longer meets the eligibility criteria listed above, we intend to reallocate the funds to other Eligible Projects during the term of the Sustainability Notes. Any payment of principal and interest on the Sustainability Notes will be made from our general corporate account and will not be linked to the performance of any Eligible Project.

Transparency and Reporting

Annually, until full allocation of the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes, and on a timely basis in case of material developments, we will publish a report that will include:

 

  (i)   The amount of net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes that have been allocated to one or more Eligible Projects either individually or by category, subject to confidentiality considerations;

 

  (ii)   A list of Eligible Projects at such level of detail as we deem practicable based on commercial, confidentiality, and other relevant considerations;

 

  (iii)   Expected impact metrics, where feasible; and

 

  (iv)   The outstanding amount of net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes yet to be allocated to Eligible Projects at the end of the reporting period.

External Review

We have obtained a Second Party Opinion (the “SPO”) from a consultant with recognized environmental and social expertise to provide an opinion on the environmental and social benefits of the Framework as well as the Framework’s alignment to the Green Bond Principles, 2018, and Social Bond Principles, 2020. The SPO will be available on the SPO provider’s website.

We expect that our report will be accompanied by (i) assertions by our management as to the amount of the net proceeds from the sale of the Sustainability Notes that have been allocated to Eligible Projects; and (ii) a report from an independent accountant or an independent third party consultant with experience in ESG research and analysis.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF THE NOTES

The following is a description of the particular terms of the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, and the          notes offered pursuant to this prospectus supplement. This description supplements and, to the extent inconsistent, modifies the description of the general terms and provisions of senior debt securities set forth in the accompanying prospectus under “Description of Debt Securities.” To the extent the description in this prospectus supplement is inconsistent with the description contained in the accompanying prospectus, you should rely on the description in this prospectus supplement. The following description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the provisions of the base indenture, dated as of November 29, 2012, between us and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as indenture trustee, which we refer to as the indenture, including a supplement or an officers’ certificate pursuant to that indenture for the notes. You may review a copy of the indenture through the SEC’s website listed in “Where You Can Find More Information” in this prospectus supplement. You may also request a copy of the indenture from us as set forth in “Information Incorporated by Reference” in this prospectus supplement. We urge you to read the indenture because it, and not this description, defines your rights as a holder of the notes.

Capitalized terms used but not defined in this prospectus supplement or in the accompanying prospectus have the meanings given to them in the indenture and the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended.

Certain Terms of the         % Notes due         

We are offering $                 principal amount of the         % notes due                  as a series of notes under the indenture. Unless an earlier redemption has occurred, the entire principal amount of          notes will mature and become due and payable, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, on                 . The          notes will bear interest at the rate of         % per annum from the date of original issuance or from the most recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the                  notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

Certain Terms of the         % Notes due                 

We are offering $                 principal amount of the         % notes due                  as a series of notes under the indenture. Unless an earlier redemption has occurred, the entire principal amount of                  notes will mature and become due and payable, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, on                 . The          notes will bear interest at the rate of         % per annum from the date of original issuance or from the most recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the                  notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

Certain Terms of the         % Notes due                 

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recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the                  notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

Certain Terms of the         % Notes due                 

We are offering $                 principal amount of the         % notes due                  as a series of notes under the indenture. Unless an earlier redemption has occurred, the entire principal amount of                  notes will mature and become due and payable, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, on                 . The          notes will bear interest at the rate of         % per annum from the date of original issuance or from the most recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the          notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

Certain Terms of the         % Notes due                 

We are offering $                 principal amount of the         % notes due                  as a series of notes under the indenture. Unless an earlier redemption has occurred, the entire principal amount of          notes will mature and become due and payable, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, on                 . The          notes will bear interest at the rate of                 % per annum from the date of original issuance or from the most recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the          notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

Certain Terms of the         % Notes due                 

We are offering $                 principal amount of the         % notes due                  as a series of notes under the indenture. Unless an earlier redemption has occurred, the entire principal amount of                  notes will mature and become due and payable, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, on                 . The          notes will bear interest at the rate of         % per annum from the date of original issuance or from the most recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the                  notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

 

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Certain Terms of the         % Notes due                 

We are offering $                 principal amount of the         % notes due                  as a series of notes under the indenture. Unless an earlier redemption has occurred, the entire principal amount of                  notes will mature and become due and payable, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, on                 . The                  notes will bear interest at the rate of         % per annum from the date of original issuance or from the most recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the                  notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

Certain Terms of the         % Notes due                 

We are offering $                 principal amount of the         % notes due                  as a series of notes under the indenture. Unless an earlier redemption has occurred, the entire principal amount of          notes will mature and become due and payable, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon, on                 . The          notes will bear interest at the rate of         % per annum from the date of original issuance or from the most recent interest payment date to which interest has been paid or provided for, payable semiannually in arrears on                  and                  of each year, beginning on                 , 2021, to the persons in whose names the          notes are registered at the close of business on the preceding                  and                 , each a record date, as the case may be. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. If any date on which interest is payable on the notes is not a business day, the payment of the interest payable on that date will be made on the next day that is a business day, without any interest or other payment in respect of the delay, with the same force and effect as if made on the scheduled payment date.

General

We may, without the consent of existing holders, increase the principal amount of the notes of any series by issuing more such notes in the future, on the same terms and conditions (other than differences in the issue date, issue price, interest accrued prior to the issue date of such additional notes, and restrictions on transfer in respect of such additional notes) and with the same CUSIP number (unless the additional notes of a series are not fungible for U.S. federal income tax or securities law purposes with such series, in which case such additional notes will have one or more separate CUSIP numbers), in each case, as the notes of the relevant series being offered by this prospectus supplement. We do not plan to inform the existing holders if we re-open a series of the notes to issue and sell additional notes of such series in the future. Additional notes of a series issued in this manner will be consolidated with and will form a single series with the applicable series of the notes being offered hereby, except as set forth in this paragraph.

In some circumstances, we may elect to discharge our obligations under a series of notes through full defeasance or covenant defeasance. See “—Defeasance” below for more information.

We will not be required to make any mandatory redemption or sinking fund payments with respect to the notes. We may at any time and from time to time purchase notes in the open market or otherwise.

Denominations

The notes of each series will be issued in minimum denominations of $2,000 and in integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.

 

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Ranking

The notes will be senior unsecured obligations of ours and will rank equally with all our other senior unsecured indebtedness from time to time outstanding.

Optional Redemption

The notes may be redeemed in whole at any time or in part from time to time prior to the applicable Par Call Date (or in the case of the          notes and the          notes, at any time prior to maturity), at our option, at a redemption price equal to the greater of: (1) 100% of the principal amount of the applicable series of notes to be redeemed, and (2) the sum, as determined by us based on the Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations (as defined below), of the present value of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest on the notes to be redeemed (A) in the case of the          notes and the          notes, from the redemption date to the applicable maturity date, and (B) in the case of the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, and the                  notes, that would have been payable in respect of such notes calculated as if the maturity date of such notes was the applicable Par Call Date (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued as of the redemption date), in each case, discounted from the scheduled payment dates to the redemption date on a semi-annual basis (assuming a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months) at the Treasury Rate (as defined below) plus          basis points in the case of the          notes, plus          basis points in the case of the          notes, plus          basis points in the case of the          notes, plus          basis points in the case of the          notes, plus          basis points in the case of the          notes, plus          basis points in the case of the          notes, plus          basis points in the case of the          notes, and plus          basis points in the case of the          notes.

Accrued and unpaid interest on the principal amount being redeemed will be paid up to, but excluding, the redemption date. Commencing on the applicable Par Call Date, the          notes, the          notes, the                  notes, the          notes, the          notes, and the          notes, may be redeemed in whole at any time or in part from time to time, at our option, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the redemption date. We will be responsible for calculating the applicable redemption price.

If money sufficient to pay the redemption price of and accrued interest on the series of notes (or portions thereof) to be redeemed on the redemption date is deposited with the trustee or paying agent on or before 11:00 a.m. New York City time on the redemption date and certain other conditions are satisfied, then on and after the redemption date, interest will cease to accrue on such notes (or such portion thereof) called for redemption and such notes will cease to be outstanding. If any redemption date is not a business day, we will pay the redemption price on the next business day without any interest or other payment due to the delay.

If fewer than all of the notes of a series are to be redeemed, the trustee will select the notes of such series for redemption by lot in accordance with DTC’s applicable procedures. Notes of $2,000 principal amount or less will not be redeemed in part.

“Comparable Treasury Issue” means, with respect to the notes of a series, the United States Treasury security selected by a Reference Treasury Dealer appointed by us as being the most recently issued United States Treasury security having an actual or interpolated maturity comparable to the remaining term of the notes to be redeemed (assuming, in the case of the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, and the                  notes, that such notes to be redeemed matured on the applicable Par Call Date) that would be utilized, at the time of selection and in accordance with customary financial practice, in pricing new issues of corporate debt securities of comparable maturity to the remaining term of the notes (assuming, in the case of the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, the          notes, and the          notes, that such notes matured on the applicable Par Call Date).

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Treasury Dealer Quotations, (ii) if we obtain fewer than five such Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations, then the average of all such quotations shall be used, or (iii) if only one Reference Treasury Dealer Quotation can reasonably be obtained by us, such quotation shall be used.

“Par Call Date” means, in the case of the          notes,                  (the date that is          months prior to the maturity date of the          notes), in the case of the          notes,                  (the date that is          months prior to the maturity date of the          notes), in the case of the          notes,                  (the date that is          months prior to the maturity date of the          notes), in the case of the          notes,                  (the date that is          months prior to the maturity date of the          notes), in the case of the          notes,                  (the date that is          months prior to the maturity date of the          notes), and, in the case of the          notes,                  (the date that is          months prior to the maturity date of the          notes).

“Reference Treasury Dealer” means each of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, and their respective successors and two other nationally recognized investment banking firms that are primary U.S. Government securities dealers in the United States (a “Primary Treasury Dealer”) specified from time to time by us; provided, however, that if any of the foregoing shall cease to be a Primary Treasury Dealer, we shall substitute therefor another nationally recognized investment banking firm that is a Primary Treasury Dealer.

“Reference Treasury Dealer Quotations” means, with respect to each Reference Treasury Dealer and any redemption date, the average, as determined by us, of the bid and asked prices for the Comparable Treasury Issue (expressed in each case as a percentage of its principal amount) quoted in writing to us by each Reference Treasury Dealer at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the third business day preceding the redemption date.

“Treasury Rate” means, with respect to any redemption date, the rate per annum equal to the semi-annual equivalent yield to maturity of the applicable Comparable Treasury Issue, assuming a price for the Comparable Treasury Issue (expressed as a percentage of its principal amount) equal to the applicable Comparable Treasury Price for the redemption date.

Notice of any redemption will be electronically delivered or mailed at least 10 days but not more than 60 days before the redemption date to each holder of the notes to be redeemed. In the event that we choose to redeem less than all of the notes, selection of the notes for redemption will be made by the trustee by lot, in accordance with DTC’s applicable procedures. Unless we default in payment of the redemption price, on and after the redemption date interest will cease to accrue on the notes, or portions thereof, called for redemption.

Notice of any redemption of the notes in connection with a transaction or an event may, at our discretion, be given prior to the completion or the occurrence thereof. Any redemption or notice may, at our discretion, be subject to one or more conditions precedent, including, but not limited to, completion or occurrence of a related transaction or event. At our discretion, the redemption date may be delayed until such time as any or all such conditions shall be satisfied, or such redemption may not occur and such notice may be rescinded in the event that any or all such conditions shall not have been satisfied by the redemption date, or by the redemption date as so delayed. We will provide written notice to the trustee prior to the close of business two business days prior to the redemption date if any such redemption has been rescinded or delayed, and upon receipt the trustee will provide such notice to each holder of the notes to be redeemed in the same manner in which the notice of redemption was given.

Global Securities; Book-Entry Notes

We expect the notes will be issued in the form of global securities held by DTC and its participants, including Euroclear and Clearstream as described under “Description of Debt Securities—Book-Entry, Delivery, and Form” in the accompanying prospectus.

 

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Defeasance

The defeasance provisions of the indenture described under the caption “Description of Debt Securities—Defeasance” in the accompanying prospectus will apply to the notes.

Sinking Fund

There will not be a sinking fund for the notes.

Governing Law

The indenture provides that New York law shall govern any action regarding the notes brought pursuant to the indenture.

 

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MATERIAL UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS

This section summarizes the material U.S. federal income tax considerations relating to the purchase, ownership, and disposition of the notes. This summary does not provide a complete analysis of all potential tax considerations. The information provided below is based on the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), Treasury Regulations issued under the Code, judicial authority, and administrative rulings and practice, all as of the date of this prospectus supplement and all of which are subject to differing interpretations or change, possibly on a retroactive basis. As a result, the tax considerations of purchasing, owning, or disposing of the notes could differ from those described below. This summary deals only with purchasers who purchase the notes at their “issue price” (i.e., the first price at which a substantial amount of the applicable series of notes is sold for cash to purchasers, not including bond houses, brokers, or similar persons or organizations acting in the capacity of underwriters, placement agents, or wholesalers) for cash and who hold the notes as “capital assets” within the meaning of Section 1221 of the Code (generally assets that are held as investments).

This summary does not discuss all aspects of U.S. federal income taxation that may be important to particular investors in light of their individual circumstances or to holders subject to special tax rules such as banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, entities that are treated as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax purposes, S corporations or other pass-through entities for U.S. federal income tax purposes or investors in such entities, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, tax exempt investors, dealers or traders in securities or currencies, U.S. expatriates, persons holding the notes as a position in a “straddle,” “hedge,” “conversion transaction,” or other integrated transaction for tax purposes, controlled foreign corporations, passive foreign investment companies, corporations that accumulate earnings to avoid U.S. federal income tax, persons subject to special tax accounting rules under Section 451(b) of the Code, or U.S. holders (as defined below) whose functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. Further, this discussion does not address the consequences under U.S. alternative minimum tax rules, U.S. federal estate or gift tax laws, the tax laws of any U.S. state or locality, any non-U.S. tax laws, or any tax laws other than income tax laws. We will not seek a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) with respect to any of the matters discussed herein and there can be no assurance that the IRS will not challenge one or more of the tax consequences described herein.

As used herein, the term “U.S. holder” means a beneficial owner of the notes that is, or is treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes as,

 

   

an individual that is a citizen or resident of the United States,

 

   

a corporation (or any other entity treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes) created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state therein or the District of Columbia,

 

   

an estate the income of which is subject to U.S. federal income tax regardless of its source, or

 

   

a trust, if (i) a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over the administration of the trust and one or more U.S. persons have the authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust or (ii) it has a valid election in effect under applicable Treasury Regulations to be treated as a U.S. person.

As used herein, the term “non-U.S. holder” means a beneficial owner, other than any entity or arrangement treated as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes, of notes that is not a U.S. holder.

If a partnership, including for this purpose any entity or arrangement treated as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes, is a beneficial owner of notes, the treatment of a partner in the partnership generally will depend upon the status of the partner and upon the activities of the partnership. A beneficial owner of the notes that is a partnership and partners in such a partnership should consult their independent tax advisors about the U.S. federal income tax consequences of purchasing, holding, and disposing of the notes.

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consequences under the laws of any non-U.S., state, local, or other taxing jurisdictions and the possible effects on investors of changes in U.S. federal or other tax laws.

U.S. Holders

The following discussion applies to U.S. holders.

Interest

It is expected, and therefore this discussion assumes, that the notes will be issued with less than a de minimis amount of original issue discount for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a result, interest on a note will generally be includable by a U.S. holder as interest income at the time it accrues or is received in accordance with such holder’s regular method of accounting for U.S. federal income tax purposes and will be ordinary income.

Sale, Exchange, Retirement, Redemption, or Other Taxable Disposition of the Notes

Upon the sale, exchange, retirement, redemption, or other taxable disposition of a note, a U.S. holder will generally recognize gain or loss equal to the difference, if any, between (i) the amount realized on the disposition (other than amounts attributable to accrued but unpaid stated interest, which will be taxed as ordinary income for U.S. federal income tax purposes to the extent not previously included in income) and (ii) the U.S. holder’s adjusted tax basis in the note. The amount realized by the U.S. holder will include the amount of any cash and the fair market value of any other property received for the note. A U.S. holder’s adjusted tax basis in a note generally will equal the cost of the note. A U.S. holder’s gain or loss will generally constitute capital gain or loss and will be long-term capital gain or loss if the U.S. holder has held such note for longer than one year at the time of disposition. The deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations. Long-term capital gain recognized by a non-corporate U.S. holder is generally taxed at preferential rates.

Medicare Tax

A U.S. holder that is an individual, estate, or a trust that does not fall into a special category of trusts that is exempt from such tax will be subject to an additional 3.8% Medicare tax on the lesser of (1) the U.S. holder’s “net investment income” for the relevant taxable year and (2) the excess of the U.S. holder’s modified gross income for the taxable year over a certain threshold (which in the case of individuals will be between $125,000 and $250,000 depending on the individual’s circumstances). Net investment income generally includes interest income and net gains from the disposition of the notes, unless such interest income or net gains are derived in the ordinary course of the conduct of a trade or business (other than a trade or business that consists of certain passive or trading activities). A U.S. holder that is an individual, estate, or trust should consult its tax advisor regarding the applicability of the Medicare tax to its income and gains in respect of its investment in the notes.

Backup Withholding and Information Reporting

In general, a U.S. holder will be subject to backup withholding with respect to cash payments in respect of interest or the gross proceeds from dispositions of notes, unless the holder (i) is an entity that is exempt from backup withholding (generally including corporations, tax-exempt organizations, and certain qualified nominees) and, when required, provides appropriate documentation to that effect or (ii) timely provides us or the applicable withholding agent with a social security number or other taxpayer identification number (“TIN”), certifies that the TIN provided is correct and that the holder has not been notified by the IRS that it is subject to backup withholding due to underreporting of interest or dividends, and otherwise complies with applicable requirements of the backup withholding rules. In addition, such payments to U.S. holders that are not exempt from these rules will generally be subject to information reporting requirements. A U.S. holder who does not provide us or the applicable withholding agent with the correct TIN may be subject to penalties imposed by the IRS. Backup

 

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withholding is not an additional tax. The amount of any backup withholding from a payment to a U.S. holder will be allowed as a credit against such holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability and may entitle such holder to a refund, provided that the required information is timely furnished to the IRS. The applicable withholding agent will generally report to the holders and the IRS the amount of any “reportable payments” and any amounts withheld with respect to the notes as required by the Code and applicable Treasury Regulations.

Non-U.S. Holders

The following discussion applies to non-U.S. holders.

Interest

Subject to the discussion of backup withholding and FATCA below, under the “portfolio interest exemption,” interest income of a non-U.S. holder will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax or withholding, provided that:

 

   

the interest paid on the note is not income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business carried on by the non-U.S. holder (“ECI”);

 

   

the non-U.S. holder is not a controlled foreign corporation related, directly or indirectly, to us through stock ownership;

 

   

the non-U.S. holder does not actually or constructively (pursuant to the rules of Section 871(h)(3)(C) of the Code) own 10% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock that are entitled to vote; and

 

   

certain certification requirements are met.

If these conditions are not met, interest on the notes paid to a non-U.S. holder will generally be subject to U.S. federal withholding tax at a 30% rate unless (a) an applicable income tax treaty reduces or eliminates such tax, and the non-U.S. holder claims the benefit of that treaty by providing a properly completed and duly executed IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BEN-E (or a suitable substitute or successor form), or (b) the interest is ECI subject to U.S. federal income tax on a net income basis (as described below) and the non-U.S. holder complies with applicable certification requirements by providing a properly completed and duly executed IRS Form W-8ECI (or a suitable substitute or successor form).

If the interest on the notes is ECI, the non-U.S. holder will be required to pay U.S. federal income tax on that interest on a net income basis generally in the same manner as a U.S. holder. If a non-U.S. holder is eligible for the benefits of any income tax treaty between the United States and its country of residence, any interest income that is ECI will be subject to U.S. federal income tax (and withholding tax, if applicable) in the manner specified by the treaty and will generally be subject to U.S. federal income tax on a net basis only if such income is attributable to a permanent establishment or a fixed base maintained by the non-U.S. holder in the United States. If the interest on the notes is subject to U.S. federal income tax on a net income basis, the 30% withholding tax described above will not apply, provided the appropriate documentation is provided to us or the applicable withholding agent. In addition, interest received by a corporate non-U.S. holder that is ECI may also, under certain circumstances, be subject to an additional “branch profits tax” at a 30% rate, or, if applicable, a lower treaty rate.

Taxable Disposition of Notes

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which would be treated as interest and subject to the rules discussed above in “—Interest”) realized on a sale, exchange, redemption, retirement, or other taxable disposition of the notes unless:

 

   

the gain is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business within the United States by the non-U.S. holder (and, if required by an applicable income tax treaty, is attributable to a U.S. permanent establishment), or

 

   

in the case of a non-U.S. holder who is a nonresident alien individual, such holder is present in the United States for 183 or more days in the taxable year and certain other requirements are met.

If a non-U.S. holder falls under the first of these exceptions, the holder will be taxed on the net gain derived from the disposition under the graduated U.S. federal income tax rates that are applicable to U.S. persons. If the non-U.S. holder is a non-U.S. corporation, it may also be subject to the branch profits tax described above under “—Interest.”

If an individual non-U.S. holder falls under the second of these exceptions, the holder generally will be subject to U.S. federal income tax at a rate of 30% on the amount by which the gain derived from the disposition exceeds such holder’s capital losses allocable to sources within the United States for the taxable year of the sale.

Backup Withholding and Information Reporting

Generally, we or the applicable withholding agent must report annually to the IRS and to non-U.S. holders the amount of interest paid to non-U.S. holders and the amount of tax, if any, withheld with respect to those payments. Copies of the information returns reporting such interest and withholding (if any) may also be made available to the tax authorities in the country in which a non-U.S. holder resides or is organized under the provisions of an applicable income tax treaty. A non-U.S. holder will generally not be subject to backup withholding with respect to payments of principal or interest on the notes by us or the applicable withholding agent if a holder certifies its status as a non-U.S. person under penalties of perjury or otherwise establishes an exemption (provided that neither we nor the applicable withholding agent has actual knowledge that it is a U.S. person or that the conditions of any other exemptions are not in fact satisfied). The payment of the proceeds of the disposition of notes to or through the United States office of a United States or non-U.S. broker will be subject to information reporting and backup withholding unless the non-U.S. holder provides the certification described above or otherwise establishes an exemption. The proceeds of a disposition effected outside the United States by a holder of the notes to or through a non-U.S. office of a broker generally will not be subject to backup withholding or information reporting. However, if that broker is, for U.S. tax purposes, a U.S. person, a controlled foreign corporation, a non-U.S. person 50% or more of whose gross income from all sources for certain periods is effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States, or a non-U.S. partnership that is engaged in the conduct of a trade or business in the United States or that has one or more partners that are U.S. persons who in the aggregate hold more than 50% of the income or capital interests in the partnership, information reporting requirements will apply unless that broker has documentary evidence in its files of such holder’s status as a non-U.S. person and has no actual knowledge to the contrary or unless such holder otherwise establishes an exemption. Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld from a payment to a holder under the backup withholding rules will be allowed as a credit against such holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability and may entitle it to a refund, provided it timely furnishes the required information to the IRS.

FATCA

Under Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, Treasury regulations promulgated thereunder and applicable administrative guidance (collectively, “FATCA”), a 30% U.S. federal withholding tax will generally apply to payments of interest on the notes made to (i) a foreign financial institution (whether such foreign financial institution is a beneficial owner or an intermediary), unless such institution undertakes either under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Treasury or an intergovernmental agreement between the jurisdiction in which it is a resident and the U.S. Department of Treasury to generally identify accounts held by certain U.S.

 

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persons and non-U.S. entities with substantial U.S. owners, annually report certain information about such accounts and withhold 30% on payments made to non-compliant foreign financial institutions and certain other account holders or such institution qualifies for an exemption from these rules or (ii) a non-financial foreign entity (whether such non-financial foreign entity is a beneficial owner or an intermediary), unless such entity provides the paying agent with a certification that it does not have any substantial United States owners or a certification identifying the direct and indirect substantial United States owners of the entity and meets certain other specified requirements or such entity qualifies for an exemption under these rules.

While withholding under FATCA would also have applied to payments of gross proceeds from the sale or other disposition of the notes (including retirement or redemption) on or after January 1, 2019, proposed Treasury Regulations have been issued that, if finalized, will eliminate FATCA withholding on payments of gross proceeds entirely. Although these Treasury regulations are not final, the preamble to these Treasury regulations indicates that taxpayers may rely on them pending their finalization.

Prospective investors are urged to consult their own tax advisors regarding the application of FATCA to the notes.

The U.S. federal income tax discussion set forth above as to both U.S. holders and non-U.S. holders is included for general information only and may not be applicable depending upon a holder’s particular situation. Holders should consult their tax advisors with respect to the tax consequences to them of the purchase, ownership, and disposition of the notes, including the tax consequences under state, local, non-U.S., and other tax laws and the possible effects of changes in U.S. federal or other tax laws.

 

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UNDERWRITERS

Under the terms and subject to the conditions contained in an underwriting agreement dated the date of this prospectus supplement, the underwriters named below, for whom J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as representatives, have severally agreed to purchase, and we have agreed to sell to them, severally, the principal amount of notes set forth opposite their names below:

 

Underwriters

  Principal
amount of
        notes
    Principal
amount of
        notes
    Principal
amount of
        notes
    Principal
amount of
        notes
    Principal
amount of
        notes
    Principal
amount of
        notes
    Principal
amount of
        notes
    Principal
amount of
        notes
 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

  $       $                   $       $       $       $       $       $    

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

               

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

               

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

               
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

  $                   $                   $                   $                   $                   $                   $                   $                
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The underwriters are offering the notes subject to their acceptance of the notes from us, subject to prior sale, and subject to the underwriters’ right to reject any order in whole or in part. The underwriting agreement provides that the obligations of the several underwriters to pay for and accept delivery of the notes offered by this prospectus supplement are subject to the approval of certain legal matters by their counsel and to certain other conditions. The underwriters are obligated to take and pay for all of the notes offered by this prospectus supplement if any such notes are taken.

The underwriters initially propose to offer part of the notes directly to the public at the public offering prices set forth on the cover page of this prospectus supplement and part to certain dealers at a price that represents a concession not in excess of         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes, and         % of the principal amount of the          notes. Any such dealers may resell any notes purchased from the underwriters to certain other brokers or dealers at a discount not to exceed         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes,         % of the principal amount of the          notes, and         % of the principal amount of the          notes. After the initial offering of the notes, the offering prices and other selling terms may from time to time be varied by the representatives. The underwriters may offer and sell notes through certain of their affiliates.

 

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The following table shows the underwriting discount that we will pay to the underwriters in connection with this offering:

 

     Paid by Us  

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $                

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $    

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $    

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $    

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $    

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $    

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $    

Per         note

     %  

        notes total

   $    
  

 

 

 

Total

   $    

Expenses associated with this offering to be paid by us, other than underwriting discounts, are estimated to be approximately $                 million.

In connection with the offering of the notes, the underwriters may engage in transactions that stabilize, maintain, or otherwise affect the price of the notes. Specifically, the underwriters may over allot in connection with the offering of the notes, creating a syndicate short position. In addition, the underwriters may bid for, and purchase, notes in the open market to cover syndicate short positions or to stabilize the price of the notes. The underwriters may also impose a penalty bid. This occurs when a certain underwriter repays to the underwriters a portion of the underwriting discount received by it because the representatives have repurchased notes sold by or for the account of such underwriter in stabilizing or short covering transactions. Finally, the underwriting syndicate may reclaim selling concessions allowed for distributing the notes in the offering of the notes, if the syndicate repurchases previously distributed notes in syndicate covering transactions, stabilization transactions, or otherwise. Any of these activities may stabilize or maintain the market price of the notes above independent market levels. The underwriters are not required to engage in any of these activities, and may end any of them at any time.

We have agreed to indemnify the underwriters against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or to contribute to payments which the underwriters may be required to make in respect of any such liabilities.

The notes are new issues of securities with no established trading markets. We do not intend to apply for listing of the notes on any national securities exchange or for quotation of the notes on any automated dealer quotation system. We have been advised by the underwriters that they presently intend to make a market in the notes of each series after completion of the offering. However, they are under no obligation to do so and may discontinue any market-making activities at any time without any notice. We cannot assure the liquidity of the trading markets for the notes or that active public markets for the notes will develop. If active public trading markets for the notes do not develop, the market prices and liquidity of the notes may be adversely affected.

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management, investment research, principal investment, hedging, market making, brokerage, and other financial and non-financial activities and services. Certain of the underwriters and their respective affiliates have provided, and may in the future provide, a variety of these services to the Company and to persons and entities with relationships with the Company, for which they received or will receive customary fees and expenses. In addition, affiliates of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are lenders under the Company’s $7 billion secured revolving credit facility.

In the ordinary course of their various business activities, the underwriters and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, and employees may purchase, sell, or hold a broad array of investments and actively trade debt and equity securities, derivatives, loans, commodities, currencies, credit default swaps, and other financial instruments for their own account and for the accounts of their customers, and such investment and trading activities may involve or relate to assets, securities, and/or instruments of the Company (directly, as collateral securing other obligations or otherwise), and/or persons and entities with relationships with the Company. If any of the underwriters or their respective affiliates have a lending relationship with the Company, certain of those underwriters or their respective affiliates routinely hedge, and certain other of those underwriters may hedge, their credit exposure to us consistent with their customary risk management policies. Typically, these underwriters and their respective affiliates would hedge such exposure by entering into transactions which consist of either the purchase of credit default swaps or the creation of short positions in our securities, including potentially the notes offered hereby. Any such credit default swaps or short positions could adversely affect future trading prices of the notes offered hereby. The underwriters and their respective affiliates may also communicate independent investment recommendations, market color, or trading ideas and/or publish or express independent research views in respect of such assets, securities, or instruments and may at any time hold, or recommend to clients that they should acquire, long and/or short positions in such assets, securities, and instruments.

Selling Restrictions

Canada

The notes may be sold only to purchasers purchasing, or deemed to be purchasing, as principal that are accredited investors, as defined in National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions or subsection 73.3(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario), and are permitted clients, as defined in National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations. Any resale of the notes must be made in accordance with an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the prospectus requirements of applicable securities laws.

Securities legislation in certain provinces or territories of Canada may provide a purchaser with remedies for rescission or damages if this prospectus supplement (including any amendment thereto) contains a misrepresentation, provided that the remedies for rescission or damages are exercised by the purchaser within the time limit prescribed by the securities legislation of the purchaser’s province or territory. The purchaser should refer to any applicable provisions of the securities legislation of the purchaser’s province or territory for particulars of these rights or consult with a legal advisor.

Pursuant to section 3A.3 of National Instrument 33-105 Underwriting Conflicts (“NI 33-105”), the underwriters are not required to comply with the disclosure requirements of NI 33-105 regarding underwriter conflicts of interest in connection with this offering.

Prohibition of Sales to EEA Retail Investors

The notes are not intended to be offered, sold, or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold, or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the European Economic Area (the “EEA”). For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of

 

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Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, “MiFID II”); or (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97 (as amended, the “Insurance Distribution Directive”), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “Prospectus Regulation”).

Consequently no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 (as amended, the “PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the PRIIPs Regulation.

Prohibition of Sales to United Kingdom Retail Investors

The notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the United Kingdom (“UK”). For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 2017/565 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“EUWA”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”) and any rules or regulations made under the FSMA to implement Directive (EU) 2016/97, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA. Consequently no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA (the “UK PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the UK has been prepared, and therefore, offering or selling the notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the UK may be unlawful under the UK PRIIPs Regulation.

Notice to Prospective Investors in the United Kingdom

In addition, in the UK, this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is being distributed only, and is directed only at qualified investors within the meaning of Article 2 of the UK Prospectus Regulation who: (i) have professional experience in matters relating to investments and who qualify as investment professionals within the meaning of Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended, the “Order”), (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) (“high net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc.”) of the Order, (iii) are outside the UK, and/or (iv) are persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of Section 21 of the FSMA) in connection with the issue or sale of the notes may otherwise lawfully be communicated or caused to be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). In the UK, this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus is directed only at relevant persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons and any investment or investment activity to which this prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.

Hong Kong

The notes may not be offered or sold in Hong Kong by means of any document other than (i) in circumstances which do not constitute an offer to the public within the meaning of the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32, Laws of Hong Kong), or (ii) to “professional investors” within the meaning of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571, Laws of Hong Kong) and any rules made thereunder, or (iii) in other circumstances which do not result in the document being a “prospectus” within the meaning of the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32, Laws of Hong Kong) and no advertisement, invitation, or document relating to the notes may be issued or may be in the possession of any person for the purpose of issue (in each case whether in Hong Kong or

 

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elsewhere), which is directed at, or the contents of which are likely to be accessed or read by, the public in Hong Kong (except if permitted to do so under the laws of Hong Kong) other than with respect to notes which are or are intended to be disposed of only to persons outside Hong Kong or only to “professional investors” within the meaning of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571, Laws of Hong Kong) and any rules made thereunder.

Japan

The notes have not been and will not be registered under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law) and each underwriter has agreed that it will not offer or sell any notes, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to, or for the benefit of, any resident of Japan (which term as used herein means any person resident in Japan, including any corporation or other entity organized under the laws of Japan), or to others for re-offering or resale, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to a resident of Japan, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of, and otherwise in compliance with, the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law and any other applicable laws, regulations, and ministerial guidelines of Japan.

Singapore

This prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus have not been registered as a prospectus under the Securities and Futures Act, Chapter 289 of Singapore (the “SFA”) with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Accordingly, this prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus, and any other document or material in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase, of the notes may not be circulated or distributed, nor may the notes be offered or sold, or be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other than (i) to an institutional investor as defined in Section 4A of the SFA (an “Institutional Investor”) under Section 274 of the SFA, (ii) to an accredited investor as defined in Section 4A of the SFA (an “Accredited Investor”) or other relevant person as defined in Section 275(2) of the SFA (a “Relevant Person”), or any person pursuant to Section 275(1A), and in accordance with the conditions, specified in Section 275 of the SFA and (where applicable) Regulation 3 of the Securities and Futures (Classes of Investors) Regulations 2018, or (iii) otherwise pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA.

Where the notes are subscribed or purchased under Section 275 by a relevant person which is:

(a) a corporation (which is not an Accredited Investor) the sole business of which is to hold investments and the entire share capital of which is owned by one or more individuals, each of whom is an Accredited Investor; or

(b) a trust (where the trustee is not an accredited investor) whose sole purpose is to hold investments and each beneficiary is an Accredited Investor,

then securities or securities-based derivatives contracts (each as defined in Section 2(1) of the SFA) of that corporation or the beneficiaries’ rights and interest in that trust shall not be transferable for 6 months after that corporation or that trust has acquired the notes under Section 275 except: (i) to an Institutional Investor under Section 274 of the SFA or to a Relevant Person, or any person pursuant to Section 275(1A) (in the case of that corporation) or Section 276(4)(i)(B) (in the case of that trust), and in accordance with the conditions, specified in Section 275 of the SFA; (ii) where no consideration is given for the transfer; or (iii) by operation of law.

Singapore Securities and Futures Act Product Classification—Solely for the purposes of its obligations pursuant to sections 309B(1)(a) and 309B(1)(c) of the SFA, the Company has determined, and hereby notifies all relevant persons (as defined in Section 309A of the SFA) that the notes are “prescribed capital markets products” (as defined in the Securities and Futures (Capital Markets Products) Regulations 2018) and Excluded Investment Products (as defined in MAS Notice SFA 04-N12: Notice on the Sale of Investment Products and MAS Notice FAA-N16: Notice on Recommendations on Investment Products).

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Swiss Financial Services Act (“FinSA”) and no application has or will be made to admit the notes to trading on any trading venue (exchange or multilateral trading facility) in Switzerland. Neither this prospectus supplement nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the notes constitutes a prospectus pursuant to the FinSA, and neither this prospectus supplement nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the notes may be publicly distributed or otherwise made publicly available in Switzerland.

Switzerland

This prospectus supplement is not intended to constitute an offer or solicitation to purchase or invest in the notes. The notes may not be publicly offered, directly or indirectly, in Switzerland within the meaning of the Swiss Financial Services Act (“FinSA”) and no application has or will be made to admit the notes to trading on any trading venue (exchange or multilateral trading facility) in Switzerland. Neither this prospectus supplement nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the notes constitutes a prospectus pursuant to the FinSA, and neither this prospectus supplement nor any other offering or marketing material relating to the notes may be publicly distributed or otherwise made publicly available in Switzerland.

Taiwan

The notes have not been, and will not be, registered with the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan, the Republic of China (“Taiwan”) pursuant to applicable securities laws and regulations. No person or entity in Taiwan is authorized to distribute or otherwise intermediate the offering of the notes or the provision of information relating to the offering of the notes, including, but not limited to, this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. The notes may be made available for purchase outside Taiwan by investors residing in Taiwan (either directly or through properly licensed Taiwan intermediaries acting on behalf of such investors), but may not be issued, offered, or sold in Taiwan.

 

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VALIDITY OF THE NOTES

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP will pass upon the validity of the notes on our behalf. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Menlo Park, California will pass upon certain legal matters for the underwriters.

EXPERTS

Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, has audited our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020 as set forth in their reports, which are incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus and elsewhere in the registration statement. Our financial statements and our management’s assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020 are incorporated by reference in reliance on Ernst & Young LLP’s reports, given on their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

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INFORMATION INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” information into this prospectus supplement, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring to those documents. We hereby incorporate by reference the documents listed below. Information that we file later with the SEC will automatically update and in some cases supersede this information. Specifically, we incorporate by reference the following documents or information filed with the SEC (other than, in each case, documents or information deemed to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with SEC rules):

 

   

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on February  3, 2021 (including the portions of our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the SEC on April 15, 2021, incorporated by reference therein);

 

   

Our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021 filed with the SEC on April 30, 2021;

 

   

Our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January  27, 2021 and February 2, 2021 (with respect to information filed pursuant to Item 5.02 only); and

 

   

Future filings we make with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14, or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this prospectus supplement and before the termination of the offering of the securities made under this prospectus supplement; provided, however, that we are not incorporating by reference any documents or information, including parts of documents that we file with the SEC, that are deemed to be furnished and not filed with the SEC. Unless specifically stated to the contrary, none of the information we disclose under Items 2.02 or 7.01 of any Current Report on Form 8-K that we may from time to time furnish to the SEC will be incorporated by reference into, or otherwise included in, this prospectus supplement.

We will provide, without charge, to each person to whom a copy of this prospectus supplement has been delivered, including any beneficial owner, a copy of any and all of the documents referred to herein that are summarized in and incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement, if such person makes a written or oral request directed to:

Amazon.com, Inc.

ATTN: Investor Relations

P.O. Box 81226

Seattle, WA 98108-1226

(206) 266-1000

 

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PROSPECTUS

 

Amazon.com, Inc.

DEBT SECURITIES

COMMON STOCK

PREFERRED STOCK

WARRANTS

DEPOSITARY SHARES

PURCHASE CONTRACTS

UNITS

 

 

We may from time to time offer to sell our senior or subordinated debt securities, common stock or preferred stock, either separately or represented by warrants, depositary shares, or purchase contracts, as well as units that include any of these securities or securities of other entities. The senior or subordinated debt securities may consist of debentures, notes, or other types of debt. Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and trades under the ticker symbol “AMZN.” Each prospectus supplement will indicate if the securities offered thereby will be listed on any securities exchange. The senior or subordinated debt securities, preferred stock, warrants, and purchase contracts may be convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for common or preferred stock, other securities of ours, or debt or equity securities of one or more other entities.

 

 

We may offer and sell these securities to or through one or more underwriters, dealers, or agents, or directly to purchasers, on a continuous or delayed basis. These securities also may be resold by security holders. We will provide specific terms of any securities to be offered in supplements to this prospectus. Any prospectus supplement may also add, update, or change information contained in this prospectus. You should read this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement carefully before you invest.

 

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 410 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98109. Our telephone number is (206) 266-1000.

 

 

Investing in our securities involves certain risks. See the “Risk Factors” section of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the applicable prospectus supplement. Also see “Risk Factors” on page 3.

 

 

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

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Description of Debt Securities

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Description of Common Stock

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Description of Other Securities

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Plan of Distribution

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Validity of the Securities

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

This prospectus is part of a registration statement that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) utilizing a “shelf” registration process. By using a shelf registration statement, we may sell, at any time and from time to time in one or more offerings, any combination of the securities described in this prospectus.

We have not authorized anyone to provide you with different information. We are not making an offer of these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer is not permitted. You should not assume that the information in this prospectus or a prospectus supplement is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of the document.

This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities we may offer. Each time we sell securities, we will provide a prospectus supplement containing specific information about the terms of that offering. That prospectus supplement may include a discussion of any risk factors or other special considerations applicable to those securities. The prospectus supplement also may add, update, or change information in this prospectus. If there is any inconsistency between the information in this prospectus and any prospectus supplement, you should rely on the information in the prospectus supplement. You should read both this prospectus and any prospectus supplement together with the additional information described under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

The registration statement containing this prospectus, including the exhibits to the registration statement, provides additional information about us and the securities offered under this prospectus.

The exhibits to the registration statement contain the full text of certain contracts and other important documents we have summarized in this prospectus. You should review the full text of these documents because these summaries may not contain all the information that you may find important in deciding whether to purchase the securities we offer. You may obtain copies of these documents as described below under the heading “Where You Can Find More Information.”

Unless otherwise indicated or the context otherwise requires, references in this prospectus to the “Registrant,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Amazon.com, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

We file annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, proxy and information statements, and amendments to reports filed or furnished pursuant to Sections 13(a), 14 and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). The SEC maintains a website at www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding Amazon.com, Inc. and other companies that file materials electronically with the SEC. Copies of our periodic and current reports and proxy statements may be obtained, free of charge, on our website at www.amazon.com/ir. This reference to our Internet address is for informational purposes only and shall not, under any circumstances, be deemed to incorporate the information available at or through such Internet address into this prospectus.

 

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INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” information into this prospectus, which means that we can disclose important information to you by referring to those documents. We hereby incorporate by reference the documents listed below. Information that we file later with the SEC will automatically update and in some cases supersede this information. Specifically, we incorporate by reference the following documents or information filed with the SEC (other than, in each case, documents or information deemed to have been furnished and not filed in accordance with SEC rules):

 

   

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on January  31, 2020 (including the portions of our Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the SEC on April 16, 2020, incorporated by reference therein);

 

   

Our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on May 1, 2020;

 

   

Our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on May 29, 2020;

 

   

The description of our common stock, par value $0.01, contained in our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed with the SEC on May 2, 1997, as updated by Exhibit 4.6 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on January 31, 2020, and as subsequently amended or updated; and

 

   

Future filings we make with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14, or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this prospectus and before the termination of the offering of the securities made under this prospectus; provided, however, that we are not incorporating by reference any documents or information, including parts of documents that we file with the SEC, that are deemed to be furnished and not filed with the SEC. Unless specifically stated to the contrary, none of the information we disclose under Items 2.02 or 7.01 of any Current Report on Form 8-K that we may from time to time furnish to the SEC will be incorporated by reference into, or otherwise included in, this prospectus.

We will provide, without charge, to each person to whom a copy of this prospectus has been delivered, including any beneficial owner, a copy of any and all of the documents referred to herein that are summarized in and incorporated by reference into this prospectus, if such person makes a written or oral request directed to:

Amazon.com, Inc.

ATTN: Investor Relations

P.O. Box 81226

Seattle, WA 98108-1226

(206) 266-1000

WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED ANYONE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR ANY INFORMATION THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THAT CONTAINED IN OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE INTO THIS PROSPECTUS, ANY ACCOMPANYING PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT OR ANY FREE WRITING PROSPECTUS PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH AN OFFERING. WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR, AND CAN PROVIDE NO ASSURANCE AS TO THE RELIABILITY OF, ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT OTHERS MAY GIVE YOU. YOU SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PROSPECTUS IS ACCURATE AS OF ANY DATE OTHER THAN THAT DATE, UNLESS WE OTHERWISE NOTE IN THIS PROSPECTUS OR ANY ACCOMPANYING PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT.

 

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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This prospectus, including documents incorporated herein by reference, contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding guidance, industry prospects, or future results of operations or financial position, made in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus are forward-looking. We use words such as anticipates, believes, expects, future, intends, and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Actual results could differ materially for a variety of reasons, including, among others, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in global economic conditions and customer spending, world events, the rate of growth of the Internet, online commerce, and cloud services, the amount that we invest in new business opportunities and the timing of those investments, the mix of products and services sold to customers, the mix of net sales derived from products as compared with services, the extent to which we owe income or other taxes, competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international growth and expansion, the outcomes of claims, litigation, government investigations, and other proceedings, fulfillment, sortation, delivery, and data center optimization, risks of inventory management, seasonality, the degree to which we enter into, maintain, and develop commercial agreements, proposed and completed acquisitions and strategic transactions, payments risks, and risks of fulfillment throughput and productivity. In addition, additional or unforeseen effects from the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic climate may give rise to or amplify many of these risks. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management’s expectations, are described in greater detail in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020, under “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” Although we believe we have been prudent in our plans and assumptions, no assurance can be given that any goal or plan set forth in forward-looking statements can or will be achieved, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements which speak only as of the date they are made. Although we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law, you are advised to consult any additional disclosures we make in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

ABOUT THE REGISTRANT

We seek to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. We are guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. In each of our segments, we serve our primary customer sets, consisting of consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. In addition, we provide services, such as advertising to sellers, vendors, publishers, and authors, through programs such as sponsored ads, display, and video advertising.

Amazon.com, Inc. was incorporated in 1994 in the state of Washington and reincorporated in 1996 in the state of Delaware. Our principal corporate offices are located in Seattle, Washington. We completed our initial public offering in May 1997 and our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “AMZN.”

RISK FACTORS

Investing in our securities involves risk. Before you decide whether to purchase any of our securities, in addition to the other information, documents, or reports included in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement or other offering materials, you should carefully consider the risk factors in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in any prospectus supplement as well as our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which are incorporated

 

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by reference into this prospectus and any prospectus supplement in their entirety, as the same may be amended, supplemented, or superseded from time to time by our filings under the Exchange Act. For more information, see the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.” These risks could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition and could result in a partial or complete loss of your investment.

USE OF PROCEEDS

Unless otherwise stated in the applicable prospectus supplement, we intend to use the net proceeds of any offering for general corporate purposes, which may include, but are not limited to, repayment of debt, repurchases of outstanding shares of common stock, acquisitions, investments, working capital, investments in our subsidiaries, and capital expenditures. Net proceeds may be temporarily invested prior to use.

DESCRIPTION OF DEBT SECURITIES

The following is a general description of the debt securities that we may offer from time to time. The particular terms of the debt securities offered by any prospectus supplement and the extent, if any, to which the general provisions described below may apply to those securities will be described in the applicable prospectus supplement. We also may sell hybrid securities that combine certain features of debt securities and other securities described in this prospectus. As you read this section, please remember that the specific terms of a debt security as described in the applicable prospectus supplement will supplement and may modify or replace the general terms described in this section. If there are any differences between the applicable prospectus supplement and this prospectus, the applicable prospectus supplement will control. As a result, the statements we make in this section may not apply to the debt security you purchase.

Amazon.com will be the issuer of any debt securities we may offer and references to “we,” “our,” or “us” in this description do not, unless the context otherwise indicates, include any of its subsidiaries. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this section have the respective meanings set forth in the applicable indenture.

General

The debt securities that we may offer will be either senior debt securities or subordinated debt securities. Unless otherwise specified in the applicable prospectus supplement, any senior debt securities will be issued under the indenture, dated as of November 29, 2012, between Amazon.com, Inc. and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee, which we refer to as the senior indenture. Any subordinated debt securities will be issued under a different indenture, which we refer to as the subordinated indenture, to be entered into between us and the trustee named in the applicable prospectus supplement. We refer to both the senior indenture and the subordinated indenture as the indentures, and to each of the trustees under the indentures as a trustee. The terms of each series of debt securities will be set forth in a resolution of the board of directors of the Registrant, an officers’ certificate or by a supplemental indenture. You should read the indentures, including any amendments or supplements or any officers’ certificate setting forth the terms of any series of notes, carefully to fully understand the terms of the debt securities. The forms of the indentures have been filed as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. The indentures are subject to, and are governed by, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (the “Trust Indenture Act”).

Any senior debt securities that we may issue will be our unsubordinated obligations. They will rank equally with each other and all of our other unsubordinated debt, unless otherwise indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement. Any subordinated debt securities that we may issue will be subordinated in right of payment to the prior payment in full of our senior debt. See “Subordination of Subordinated Debt Securities.” The subordinated debt securities will rank equally with each other, unless otherwise indicated in the applicable prospectus supplement. We will indicate in each applicable prospectus supplement, as of the most recent practicable date, the aggregate amount of our outstanding debt that would rank senior to the subordinated debt securities.

 

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The indentures do not limit the amount of debt securities that can be issued thereunder and provide that debt securities of any series may be issued thereunder up to the aggregate principal amount that we may authorize from time to time. Unless otherwise provided in the applicable prospectus supplement, the indentures do not limit the amount of other indebtedness or securities that we may issue. We may issue debt securities of the same series at more than one time and, unless prohibited by the terms of the series, we may reopen a series for issuances of additional debt securities without the consent of the holders of the outstanding debt securities of that series. All debt securities issued as a series, including those issued pursuant to any reopening of a series, will vote together as a single class.

Reference is made to the prospectus supplement for the following and other possible terms of each series of the debt securities with respect to which this prospectus is being delivered:

 

   

the title of the debt securities;

 

   

any limit upon the aggregate principal amount of the debt securities of the series that may be authenticated and delivered under the applicable indenture, except for debt securities authenticated and delivered upon registration of transfer of, or in exchange for or in lieu of, other debt securities of that series;

 

   

the date or dates on which the principal and premium, if any, of the debt securities of the series is payable;

 

   

the rate or rates, which may be fixed or variable, at which the debt securities of the series shall bear interest or the manner of calculation of such rate or rates, if any, including any procedures to vary or reset such rate or rates, and the basis upon which interest will be calculated if other than that of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months;

 

   

the place or places where the principal of, and premium, if any, and interest on, the debt securities of the series shall be payable, where the debt securities of such series may be surrendered for registration of transfer or exchange and where notices and demands to or upon us with respect to the debt securities of such series and the applicable indenture may be served, and the method of such payment, if by wire transfer, mail, or other means if other than as set forth in the applicable indenture;

 

   

the date or dates from which such interest shall accrue, the dates on which such interest will be payable or the manner of determination of such dates, and the record date for the determination of holders to whom interest is payable on any such dates;

 

   

any trustees, authenticating agents or paying agents with respect to such series, if different from those set forth in the applicable indenture;

 

   

the right, if any, to extend the interest payment periods or defer the payment of interest and the duration of such extension or deferral;

 

   

the period or periods within which, the price or prices at which and the terms and conditions upon which, debt securities of the series may be redeemed, in whole or in part, at our option;

 

   

our obligation, if any, to redeem, purchase, or repay debt securities of the series pursuant to any sinking fund or analogous provisions, including payments made in cash in anticipation of future sinking fund obligations, or at the option of a holder thereof and the period or periods within which, the price or prices at which, and the terms and conditions upon which, debt securities of the series shall be redeemed, purchased or repaid, in whole or in part, pursuant to such obligation;

 

   

the form of the debt securities of the series including the form of the trustee’s certificate of authentication for such series;

 

   

if other than denominations of $2,000 or integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof, the denominations in which the debt securities of the series shall be issuable;

 

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the currency or currencies in which payment of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, debt securities of the series shall be payable;

 

   

if the principal amount payable at the stated maturity of debt securities of the series will not be determinable as of any one or more dates prior to such stated maturity, the amount which will be deemed to be such principal amount as of any such date for any purpose, including the portion of the principal amount thereof that will be due and payable upon declaration of acceleration of the maturity thereof or upon any maturity other than the stated maturity or that will be deemed to be outstanding as of any such date, or, in any such case, the manner in which such deemed principal amount is to be determined;

 

   

the terms of any repurchase or remarketing rights;

 

   

if the debt securities of the series shall be issued in whole or in part in the form of a global security or securities, the type of global security to be issued; the terms and conditions, if different from those contained in the applicable indenture, upon which such global security or securities may be exchanged in whole or in part for other individual securities in definitive registered form; the depositary for such global security or securities; and the form of any legend or legends to be borne by any such global security or securities in addition to or in lieu of the legends referred to in the indenture;

 

   

whether the debt securities of the series will be convertible into or exchangeable for other securities, and, if so, the terms and conditions upon which such debt securities will be so convertible or exchangeable, including the initial conversion or exchange price or rate or the method of calculation, how and when the conversion price or exchange ratio may be adjusted, whether conversion or exchange is mandatory, at the option of the holder or at our option, the conversion or exchange period, and any other provision in addition to or in lieu of those described herein;

 

   

any additional restrictive covenants or events of default that will apply to the debt securities of the series, or any changes to the restrictive covenants set forth in the applicable indenture that will apply to the debt securities of the series, which may consist of establishing different terms or provisions from those set forth in the applicable indenture or eliminating any such restrictive covenant or event of default with respect to the debt securities of the series;

 

   

any provisions granting special rights to holders when a specified event occurs;

 

   

if the amount of principal or any premium or interest on debt securities of a series may be determined with reference to an index or pursuant to a formula, the manner in which such amounts will be determined;

 

   

any special tax implications of the debt securities, including provisions for original issue discount securities, if offered;

 

   

whether and upon what terms debt securities of a series may be defeased if different from the provisions set forth in the applicable indenture;

 

   

with regard to the debt securities of any series that do not bear interest, the dates for certain required reports to the trustee;

 

   

whether the debt securities of the series will be issued as unrestricted securities or restricted securities, and, if issued as restricted securities, the rule or regulation promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), in reliance on which they will be sold;

 

   

any guarantees on the debt securities;

 

   

the provisions, if any, relating to any security provided for the debt securities of the series;

 

   

any depositaries, interest rate calculation agents, exchange rate calculation agents, or other agents with respect to debt securities of such series if other than those appointed in the applicable indenture;

 

   

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any and all additional, eliminated, or changed terms that shall apply to the debt securities of the series, including any terms that may be required by or advisable under United States laws or regulations, including the Securities Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, or advisable in connection with the marketing of debt securities of that series.

We will comply with Section 14(e) under the Exchange Act, to the extent applicable, and any other tender offer rules under the Exchange Act that may then be applicable, in connection with any obligation to purchase debt securities at the option of the holders thereof. Any such obligation applicable to a series of debt securities will be described in the prospectus supplement relating thereto.

The statements made hereunder relating to the indentures and any debt securities that we may issue are summaries of certain provisions thereof and are qualified in their entirety by reference to all provisions of the indentures and the debt securities and the descriptions thereof, if different, in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Subordination of Subordinated Debt Securities

We will set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement the terms and conditions, if any, upon which any series of subordinated debt securities is subordinated to debt securities of another series or to our other indebtedness. The terms will include a description of:

 

   

the indebtedness ranking senior to the debt securities being offered;

 

   

the restrictions, if any, on payments to the holders of the debt securities being offered while a default with respect to the senior indebtedness is continuing; and

 

   

the provisions requiring holders of the debt securities being offered to remit some payments to the holders of senior indebtedness.

Redemption

If specified in the applicable prospectus supplement, we may redeem the debt securities of any series, as a whole or in part, at our option on and after the dates and in accordance with the terms established for such series, if any, in the applicable prospectus supplement. If we redeem the debt securities of any series, we also must pay accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption on such debt securities.

Selection and Notice

If less than all of the debt securities of a series are to be redeemed at any time, the trustee will select the debt securities of such series for redemption by lot, based on the applicable procedures of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”).

No debt securities in principal amount of $2,000 or less can be redeemed in part. Notices of redemption will be mailed by first class mail (or in cases of notes held in book entry form, by electronic transmission) at least 30 but not more than 60 days before the redemption date to each holder of debt securities of such series to be redeemed at its registered address, except that redemption notices may be mailed more than 60 days prior to a redemption date if the notice is issued in connection with a defeasance of the debt securities of such series or a satisfaction and discharge of the indenture.

If any debt security is to be redeemed in part only, the notice of redemption that relates to that debt security will state the portion of the principal amount of that debt security that is to be redeemed. For debt securities issued in certificated form, a new certificate in principal amount equal to the unredeemed portion of the original debt security will be issued in the name of the holder of the original debt security upon cancellation of the

 

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original debt security. Debt securities called for redemption become due on the date fixed for redemption. Unless we default in payment of the redemption price, on and after the redemption date, interest will cease to accrue on the debt securities or portions of the debt securities called for redemption.

The trustee will not be liable for selections made by it as contemplated in this section. For any debt securities which are represented by global securities held on behalf of DTC, Euroclear Bank SA/NV, as operator of the Euroclear System (“Euroclear”), or Clearstream Banking S.A. (“Clearstream”), notices may be given by delivery of the relevant notices to DTC, Euroclear, or Clearstream for communication to entitled account holders in substitution for the aforesaid mailing.

Reports

Whether or not required by the rules and regulations of the SEC, so long as any debt securities are outstanding, we shall file with the trustee, within the time periods specified by the SEC’s rules and regulations, copies of the annual reports and of the information, documents and other reports (or copies of such portions of any of the foregoing as the SEC may from time to time by rules and regulations prescribe) that we would be required to file with the SEC pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act. We shall be deemed to have complied with the previous sentence to the extent that such information, documents and reports are filed with the SEC via EDGAR, or any successor electronic delivery procedure. Delivery of such reports, information and documents to the trustee is for informational purposes only, and the trustee’s receipt of such shall not constitute constructive notice of any information contained therein or determinable from information contained therein, including our compliance with any covenants under the indenture (as to which the trustee is entitled to rely exclusively on officers’ certificates).

Events of Default

The following will be “Events of Default” with respect to debt securities of a particular series, except to the extent provided in the supplemental indenture, officers’ certificate, or resolution of our board of directors pursuant to which a series of debt securities is issued:

 

   

failure to pay any interest on any of the debt securities of such series within 30 days after such interest becomes due and payable;

 

   

failure to pay principal of (or premium, if any, on) any of the debt securities of such series at maturity, or if applicable, the redemption price, when the same becomes due and payable by the terms of the debt securities of such series;

 

   

failure to pay any sinking fund installment as and when the same shall become due and payable by the terms of the debt securities of such series, and continuance of such default for a period of 30 days;

 

   

failure to comply with any of the covenants or agreements in any of the debt securities of such series or the indenture (other than an agreement or covenant that we included in the indenture solely for the benefit of another series of debt securities) for 90 days after there has been given, by registered or certified mail, to us by the trustee or to us by the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of all outstanding debt securities of a series affected by that failure, a written notice specifying such failure and requiring it to be remedied and stating that such notice is a “notice of default” under the indenture;

 

   

certain events involving our bankruptcy, insolvency, or reorganization; and

 

   

any other Event of Default provided in the supplemental indenture, officers’ certificate, or resolution of our board of directors under which such series of debt securities is issued or in the form of security for such series.

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series of debt securities issued under such indenture of any default or event of default (except in any payment on the debt securities of such series) if the trustee considers it in the interest of the holders of the debt securities of that series to do so.

If an event of default for a series of debt securities occurs and is continuing, the trustee or the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the debt securities of that series may require us to pay immediately the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest on all the debt securities of that series. If an event of default relating to certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency, or reorganization occurs with respect to us, the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest on the debt securities of that series will become immediately due and payable without any action on the part of the trustee or any holder. The holders of a majority in principal amount of the debt securities of such series then outstanding may in some cases rescind this accelerated payment requirement.

A holder of debt securities of any series may pursue any remedy under the indenture applicable to the debt securities of that series only if:

 

   

the holder gives the trustee written notice of a continuing event of default;

 

   

the holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the debt securities of such series then outstanding make a written request to the trustee to pursue the remedy;

 

   

the holder furnishes to the trustee indemnity reasonably satisfactory to the trustee against loss, liability, or expense;

 

   

the trustee fails to act for a period of 60 days after receipt of notice and furnishing of indemnity; and

 

   

during that 60-day period, the holders of a majority in principal amount of the debt securities of that series do not give the trustee a direction inconsistent with the request.

This provision does not, however, affect the right of any holder to sue for enforcement of any overdue payment with respect to the debt securities of such series. In most cases, holders of a majority in principal amount of the debt securities of any series then outstanding may direct the time, method, and place of:

 

   

conducting any proceeding for any remedy available to the trustee with respect to the debt securities of such series; and

 

   

exercising any trust or power conferred on the trustee not relating to or arising under an event of default with respect to the debt securities of such series.

The indenture will require us to file with the trustee each year a written statement as to our compliance with the covenants contained in the indenture, and we are required upon becoming aware of any default or Event of Default, to deliver to the trustee a written statement specifying such default or Event of Default.

Covenants

Unless we indicate otherwise in the applicable prospectus supplement, the debt securities will not contain any covenants or other provisions designed to protect holders of the debt securities in the event of a highly leveraged transaction.

Consolidation, Merger, or Sale

We will covenant not to consolidate with or merge into any other person or sell, assign, convey, transfer, lease, or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our and our subsidiaries’, taken as a whole, assets to any person unless either we are the surviving corporation or the resulting, surviving or transferee entity is a corporation organized under the laws of the United States or, if such person is not a corporation, a co-obligor of the notes is a corporation organized under any such laws, and any successor or purchaser expressly assumes our

 

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obligations under the debt securities by an indenture supplemental to the indenture, and immediately after which, no event of default, and no event which, after notice or lapse of time, or both, would become an event of default, shall have occurred and be continuing. An officers’ certificate and an opinion of counsel will be delivered to the trustee, which will serve as conclusive evidence of compliance with these provisions.

Modification and Waiver

Except as provided in the next two succeeding paragraphs, the indenture or the debt securities of any series may be amended or supplemented, and waivers may be obtained, with the consent of the holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the debt securities of the applicable series at the time outstanding (including, without limitation, additional debt securities of such series, if any) voting as a single class (including, without limitation, consents obtained in connection with a tender offer or exchange offer for, or purchase of, debt securities of such series), and any existing default or Event of Default (other than a default or Event of Default in the payment of the principal of, premium on, if any, or interest on, debt securities of such series, except a payment default resulting from an acceleration that has been rescinded) or compliance with any provision of such indenture or the applicable debt securities may be waived with the consent of the holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the debt securities of the applicable series at the time outstanding (including, without limitation, additional debt securities of such series, if any) voting as a single class (including, without limitation, consents obtained in connection with a purchase of, or tender offer or exchange offer for, such series). Without the consent of each holder of outstanding debt securities affected thereby, an amendment, supplement or waiver may not (with respect to any debt securities held by a non-consenting holder):

 

   

reduce the percentage in principal amount of debt securities, the consent of whose holders is required for any amendment, supplement, or waiver;

 

   

reduce the rate of or change the time for payment of interest on the debt securities;

 

   

reduce the principal or change the stated maturity of any debt securities of any series;

 

   

reduce any premium payable on the redemption of any debt security, change the time at which any debt security may or must be redeemed or alter or waive any of the provisions with respect to the redemption of such debt securities;

 

   

make payments on any debt security payable in currency other than as originally stated in such debt security;

 

   

impair the holder’s right to institute suit for the enforcement of any payment on any debt security; or

 

   

waive a continuing default or event of default regarding any payment on the debt securities.

Notwithstanding the preceding, without the consent of any holder of debt securities, we and the trustee may amend or supplement the indenture or the applicable debt securities in certain circumstances, including:

 

   

to cure any ambiguity, omission, defect, or inconsistency;

 

   

to provide for the assumption of our obligations under the indenture by a successor or transferee upon any merger, consolidation, or asset transfer;

 

   

to provide for uncertificated debt securities in addition to or in place of certificated debt securities;

 

   

to provide any security for or guarantees of the debt securities or for the addition of an additional obligor on the debt securities;

 

   

to comply with any requirement to effect or maintain the qualification of the indenture under the Trust Indenture Act, if applicable;

 

   

to add covenants that would benefit the holders of any outstanding series of debt securities or to surrender any of our rights under the indenture;

 

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to add additional Events of Default with respect to any series of debt securities;

 

   

to change or eliminate any of the provisions of the indenture; provided that any such change or elimination shall not become effective with respect to any outstanding debt security of any series created prior to the execution of such supplemental indenture which is entitled to the benefit of such provision;

 

   

to provide for the issuance of and establish forms and terms and conditions of a new series of debt securities;

 

   

to facilitate the defeasance and discharge of any series of debt securities otherwise in accordance with the defeasance provisions of the indenture; provided that any such action does not adversely affect the rights of any holder of outstanding debt securities of such series in any material respect;

 

   

to issue additional debt securities of any series; provided that such additional debt securities have the same terms as, and be deemed part of the same series as, the applicable series of debt securities to the extent required under the indenture;

 

   

to make any change that does not adversely affect the rights of any holder of outstanding debt securities in any material respect; or

 

   

to evidence and provide for the acceptance of appointment by a successor trustee with respect to the debt securities of one or more series and to add to or change any of the provisions of the indenture as shall be necessary to provide for or facilitate the administration of the trust by more than one trustee.

The holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the debt securities of each series then outstanding may on behalf of the holders of all of the debt securities of such series waive any past default with respect to those debt securities, except a default in the payment of the principal of or interest on any debt security of such series (provided, that the holders of a majority in principal amount of the debt securities of each series then outstanding may rescind an acceleration and its consequences, including any related payment default that resulted from such acceleration).

A supplemental indenture that changes or eliminates any covenant, Event of Default or other provision of the indenture that has been expressly included solely for the benefit of one or more particular series of securities, if any, or which modifies the rights of the holders of securities of such series with respect to such covenant, Event of Default or other provision, shall be deemed not to affect the rights under the indenture of the holders of securities of any other series that does not have the benefit of such covenant, Event of Default or other provision. It will not be necessary for the consent of the holders to approve the particular form of any proposed supplement, amendment, or waiver, but it shall be sufficient if such consent approves the substance of it.

Information Concerning the Trustee

If an Event of Default occurs and is continuing, the trustee will be required to use the degree of care and skill of a prudent person in the conduct of his or her own affairs. The trustee will become obligated to exercise any of its powers under the indenture at the request of any of the holders of any debt securities issued under the indenture only after those holders have furnished the trustee indemnity reasonably satisfactory to it.

If the trustee becomes a creditor of ours, it will be subject to limitations in the indenture on its rights to obtain payment of claims or to realize on certain property received for any such claim, as security or otherwise. The trustee is permitted to engage in other transactions with us. If, however, it acquires any conflicting interest, it must eliminate such conflict, resign, or obtain an order from the SEC permitting it to remain as trustee.

Paying Agent, Registrar, and Transfer Agent

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one or more Paying Agents, other than the trustee, for all or any series of such debt securities. If we fail to appoint or maintain another entity as Paying Agent, the trustee shall act as such. We or any of our subsidiaries, upon notice to the trustee, may act as Paying Agent.

We will also maintain one or more registrars, (each, a “Registrar”), with an office in Minneapolis, MN. We, upon written notice to the trustee accompanied by an officers’ certificate, may appoint one or more Registrars, other than the trustee, for all or any series of debt securities. If we fail to appoint or maintain another entity as Registrar, the trustee shall act as such. We or any of our subsidiaries, upon notice to the trustee, may act as Registrar.

We will also maintain one or more transfer agents (each, a “Transfer Agent”) with an office in Minneapolis, MN. Each Transfer Agent shall perform the functions of a transfer agent. We, upon written notice to the trustee accompanied by an officers’ certificate, may appoint one or more Transfer Agents, other than the trustee, for all or any series of debt securities. If we fail to appoint or maintain another entity as Transfer Agent, the trustee shall act as such. We or any of our subsidiaries, upon notice to the trustee, may act as Transfer Agent.

The Registrar will maintain a register reflecting ownership of debt securities outstanding from time to time, and the Paying Agents will make payments on and facilitate transfer of debt securities on our behalf. We may change any Paying Agents, Registrars or transfer agents without prior notice to the holders of debt securities.

Governing Law

The indenture and any debt securities issued thereunder shall be deemed to be a contract made under the internal laws of the State of New York, and for all purposes shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without regard to conflicts of laws principles that would require the application of any other law. The indenture is subject to the provisions of the Trust Indenture Act that are required to be part of the indenture and shall, to the extent applicable, be governed by such provisions.

Satisfaction and Discharge of Indenture

The indenture shall cease to be of further effect with respect to a series of debt securities when either:

 

   

we have delivered to the trustee for cancellation all outstanding securities of such series, other than any securities that have been destroyed, lost, or stolen and that have been replaced or paid as provided in the indenture;

 

   

all outstanding securities of such series that have not been delivered to the trustee for cancellation have become due and payable or are by their terms to become due and payable within one year or are to be called for redemption within one year under arrangements satisfactory to the trustee for the giving of notice of redemption, and we shall have irrevocably deposited with the trustee as trust funds the entire amount, in cash in U.S. dollars or noncallable U.S. governmental obligations, or a combination thereof, sufficient, in the opinion of a nationally recognized firm of independent public accountants, to pay at maturity or upon redemption all securities of such series, including principal of and any premium and interest due or to become due to such date of maturity or date fixed for redemption, as the case may be; or

 

   

we have properly fulfilled any other means of satisfaction and discharge that may be set forth in the terms of the securities of such series.

In each case, we will also pay all other sums payable by us under the indenture with respect to the securities of such series and deliver to the trustee an opinion of counsel and an officers’ certificate, each stating that all conditions precedent to satisfaction and discharge with respect to the securities of such series have been complied with.

 

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Defeasance

The term defeasance means the discharge of some or all of our obligations under the indenture. If we deposit with the trustee funds or U.S. government securities, or a combination thereof, sufficient, in the opinion of a nationally recognized firm of independent accountants, to make payments on any series of debt securities on the dates those payments are due and payable, then, at our option, either of the following will occur:

 

   

we will be discharged from our obligations with respect to the debt securities of such series (“legal defeasance”); or

 

   

we will no longer have any obligation to comply with the restrictive covenants under the indenture, and the related events of default will no longer apply to us (“covenant defeasance”).

If we defease any series of debt securities, the holders of the defeased debt securities of such series will not be entitled to the benefits of the indenture under which such series was issued, except for our obligation to register the transfer or exchange of the debt securities of such series, replace stolen, lost or mutilated debt securities or maintain paying agencies and hold moneys for payment in trust. In the case of covenant defeasance, our obligation to pay principal, premium, and interest on the debt securities of such series will also survive. We will be required to deliver to the trustee an opinion of counsel that the deposit and related defeasance would not cause the holders of the debt securities of such series to recognize income, gain, or loss for federal income tax purposes. If we elect legal defeasance, that opinion of counsel must be based upon a ruling from the United States Internal Revenue Service or a change in law to that effect.

Same-Day Settlement and Payment

Unless otherwise provided in the applicable prospectus supplement, we expect the debt securities will trade in the same-day funds settlement system of DTC until maturity or until we issue the debt securities in certificated form. DTC will therefore require secondary market trading activity in the debt securities to settle in immediately available funds. We can give no assurance as to the effect, if any, of settlement in immediately available funds on trading activity in the debt securities.

Book-Entry, Delivery, and Form

Unless otherwise specified in the applicable prospectus supplement, the debt securities of each series will be issued in the form of one or more global debt securities, in definitive, fully registered form without interest coupons, each of which we refer to as a “global security.” Each such global security will be deposited with the trustee as custodian for DTC and registered in the name of a nominee of DTC in New York, New York for the accounts of participants in DTC.

Investors may hold their interests in a global security directly through DTC if they are DTC participants, or indirectly through organizations that are DTC participants. Except in the limited circumstances described below, holders of debt securities represented by interests in a global security will not be entitled to receive their debt securities in fully registered certificated form.

DTC has advised us as follows: DTC is a limited-purpose trust company organized under the New York Banking Law, a “banking organization” within the meaning of the New York Banking Law, a member of the Federal Reserve System, a “clearing corporation” within the meaning of the New York Uniform Commercial Code and a “clearing agency” registered pursuant to the provisions of Section 17A of the Exchange Act. DTC was created to hold securities of institutions that have accounts with DTC (“participants”) and to facilitate the clearance and settlement of securities transactions among its participants in such securities through electronic book-entry changes in accounts of the participants, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of securities certificates. DTC’s participants include both U.S. and non-U.S. securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and certain other organizations. Access to DTC’s book-entry system is

 

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also available to others such as both U.S. and non-U.S. securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies and clearing corporations that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a participant, whether directly or indirectly.

Ownership of Beneficial Interests

Upon the issuance of each global security, DTC will credit, on its book-entry registration and transfer system, the respective principal amount of the individual beneficial interests represented by the global security to the accounts of participants. Ownership of beneficial interests in each global security will be limited to participants or persons that may hold interests through participants. Ownership of beneficial interests in each global security will be shown on, and the transfer of those ownership interests will be effected only through, records maintained by DTC (with respect to participants’ interests) and such participants (with respect to the owners of beneficial interests in the global security other than participants).

So long as DTC or its nominee is the registered holder and owner of a global security, DTC or such nominee, as the case may be, will be considered the sole legal owner of the debt security represented by the global security for all purposes under the indenture, the debt securities and applicable law. Except as set forth below, owners of beneficial interests in a global security will not be entitled to receive certificated debt securities and will not be considered to be the owners or holders of any debt securities represented by the global security. We understand that under existing industry practice, in the event an owner of a beneficial interest in a global security desires to take any actions that DTC, as the holder of the global security, is entitled to take, DTC would authorize the participants to take such action, and that participants would authorize beneficial owners owning through such participants to take such action or would otherwise act upon the instructions of beneficial owners owning through them. No beneficial owner of an interest in a global security will be able to transfer such interest except in accordance with DTC’s applicable procedures, in addition to those provided for under the indenture. Because DTC can only act on behalf of participants, who in turn act on behalf of others, the ability of a person having a beneficial interest in a global security to pledge that interest to persons that do not participate in the DTC system, or otherwise to take actions in respect of that interest, may be impaired by the lack of a physical certificate representing that interest.

All payments on the debt securities represented by a global security registered in the name of and held by DTC or its nominee will be made to DTC or its nominee, as the case may be, as the registered owner and holder of the global security.

We expect that DTC or its nominee, upon receipt of any payment of principal, premium, if any, or interest in respect of a global security, will credit participants’ accounts with payments in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in the principal amount of the global security as shown on the records of DTC or its nominee. We also expect that payments by participants to owners of beneficial interests in the global security held through such participants will be governed by standing instructions and customary practices as is now the case with securities held for accounts for customers registered in the names of nominees for such customers. These payments, however, will be the responsibility of such participants and indirect participants, and neither we, the trustee nor any paying agent will have any responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to, or payments made on account of, beneficial ownership interests in any global security or for maintaining, supervising or reviewing any records relating to such beneficial ownership interests or for any other aspect of the relationship between DTC and its participants or the relationship between such participants and the owners of beneficial interests in the global security.

Unless and until it is exchanged in whole or in part for certificated debt securities, each global security may not be transferred except as a whole by DTC to a nominee of DTC or by a nominee of DTC to DTC or another nominee of DTC. Transfers between participants in DTC will be effected in the ordinary way in accordance with DTC rules and will be settled in same-day funds.

 

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We expect that DTC will take any action permitted to be taken by a holder of debt securities only at the direction of one or more participants to whose account the DTC interests in a global security are credited and only in respect of such portion of the aggregate principal amount of the debt securities as to which such participant or participants has or have given such direction.

Although we expect that DTC will agree to the foregoing procedures in order to facilitate transfers of interests in each global security among participants of DTC, DTC is under no obligation to perform or continue to perform such procedures, and such procedures may be discontinued at any time. None of us, the underwriters or the trustee will have any responsibility for the performance or nonperformance by DTC or its participants or indirect participants of their respective obligations under the rules and procedures governing their operations.

The indenture provides that the global securities will be exchanged for debt securities in certificated form of like tenor and of an equal principal amount, in authorized denominations in the following limited circumstances:

(1) DTC notifies us that it is unwilling or unable to continue as depository or if DTC ceases to be eligible under the indenture and we do not appoint a successor depository within 90 days; or

(2) we determine that the debt securities will no longer be represented by global securities and execute and deliver to the trustee an order to such effect.

These certificated debt securities will be registered in such name or names as DTC will instruct the trustee. It is expected that such instructions may be based upon directions received by DTC from participants with respect to ownership of beneficial interests in global securities.

The information in this section of this prospectus concerning DTC and DTC’s book-entry system has been obtained from sources that we believe to be reliable, but we do not take responsibility for this information.

Euroclear and Clearstream

If the depositary for a global security is DTC, you may hold interests in the global security through Clearstream or Euroclear, in each case, as a participant in DTC. Euroclear and Clearstream will hold interests, in each case, on behalf of their participants through customers’ securities accounts in the names of Euroclear and Clearstream on the books of their respective depositaries, which in turn will hold such interests in customers’ securities in the depositaries’ names on DTC’s books.

Payments, deliveries, transfers, exchanges, notices and other matters relating to the debt securities made through Euroclear or Clearstream must comply with the rules and procedures of those systems. Those systems could change their rules and procedures at any time. We have no control over those systems or their participants, and we take no responsibility for their activities. Transactions between participants in Euroclear or Clearstream, on one hand, and other participants in DTC, on the other hand, would also be subject to DTC’s rules and procedures.

Investors will be able to make and receive through Euroclear and Clearstream payments, deliveries, transfers, exchanges, notices and other transactions involving any securities held through those systems only on days when those systems are open for business. Those systems may not be open for business on days when banks, brokers and other institutions are open for business in the United States.

 

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In addition, because of time-zone differences, U.S. investors who hold their interests in the debt securities through these systems and wish on a particular day, to transfer their interests, or to receive or make a payment or delivery or exercise any other right with respect to their interests, may find that the transaction will not be effected until the next business day in Luxembourg or Brussels, as applicable. Thus, investors who wish to exercise rights that expire on a particular day may need to act before the expiration date. In addition, investors who hold their interests through both DTC and Euroclear or Clearstream may need to make special arrangements to finance any purchase or sales of their interests between the U.S. and European clearing systems, and those transactions may settle later than transactions within one clearing system.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF COMMON STOCK

Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “AMZN.” All outstanding shares of common stock are validly issued, fully paid, and nonassessable.

The following description of the terms of our common stock is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to our Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended (the “Certificate of Incorporation”), and our Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”), both of which are exhibits to this prospectus.

Voting Rights

The holders of our common stock are entitled to one vote per share on all matters submitted for action by our stockholders. There is no provision for cumulative voting with regard to the election of directors.

Dividend and Liquidation Rights

Subject to the preferences applicable to any shares of preferred stock outstanding at any time, holders of our common stock are entitled to receive dividends when, as, and if declared by our board of directors from funds legally available therefor and are entitled, in the event of a liquidation, to share ratably in all assets available for distribution after payment of all debts.

Other Rights

The holders of our common stock have no preemptive rights and no rights to convert their common stock into any other securities, and our common stock is not subject to any redemption or sinking fund provisions.

Anti-Takeover Provisions of our Certificate of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Delaware Law

Various provisions contained in our Certificate of Incorporation, our Bylaws, and Delaware law could delay or discourage some transactions involving an actual or potential change in control of Amazon or its management.

Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws

Provisions in our Certificate of Incorporation and our Bylaws:

 

   

authorize our board of directors to establish one or more series of any class or classes of our stock, the terms of which can be determined by the board of directors at the time of issuance;

 

   

do not authorize cumulative voting; and

 

   

allow our directors to fill any vacancies on our board of directors, including vacancies resulting from a board of directors resolution to increase the number of directors.

Transfer Agent

Computershare, Inc. serves as transfer agent and registrar for our common stock.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF OTHER SECURITIES

We will set forth in the applicable prospectus supplement a description of any preferred stock, depositary shares, purchase contracts, warrants, or units that may be offered pursuant to this prospectus.

 

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

We may sell the offered securities through agents, through underwriters or dealers, directly to one or more purchasers, through a combination of any of these methods of sale or through any other methods described in a prospectus supplement. The distribution of securities may be effected, from time to time, in one or more transactions, including block transactions and transactions on the Nasdaq Global Select Market or any other organized market where the securities may be traded. The securities may be sold at a fixed price or prices, which may be changed, or at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, at prices relating to the prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices. The consideration may be cash or another form negotiated by the parties. Agents, underwriters, or dealers may be paid compensation for offering and selling the securities. That compensation may be in the form of discounts, concessions, or commissions to be received from us or from the purchasers of the securities. We will identify the specific plan of distribution, including any underwriters, dealers, agents, or direct purchasers and their compensation in a prospectus supplement.

The applicable prospectus supplement will set forth whether or not an underwriter may engage in stabilizing transactions, over-allotment transactions, syndicate covering transactions, and penalty bids.

We may enter into agreements to indemnify underwriters, dealers and agents who participate in the distribution of securities against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act.

In compliance with the guidelines of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the aggregate maximum discount, commission, or agency fees or other items constituting underwriting compensation to be received by any FINRA member or independent broker-dealer will not exceed 8% of the proceeds from any offering pursuant to this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement.

 

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VALIDITY OF THE SECURITIES

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP will pass upon the validity of any securities issued under this prospectus. Any underwriters will be represented by their own legal counsel.

EXPERTS

Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm, has audited our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019, as set forth in their reports, which are incorporated by reference in this prospectus and elsewhere in the registration statement. Our financial statements and our management’s assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019 are incorporated by reference in reliance on Ernst & Young LLP’s reports, given on their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

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