Getlink successfully prices its first issue of Green Bonds (inside information)
Getlink announces that it has successfully priced an offering of €550.0 million in aggregate principal amount of its senior secured notes due October 2023.
The offering, which was announced on 24 September 2018, was comfortably oversubscribed and has allowed the Group to upsize the transaction from €500 to €550 million.
The Offering will close on 3 October 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. The Notes were not made available to retail investors. The Notes will be issued at par and interest will accrue at a rate of 3.625% per annum and will be payable semi-annually in arrears on each 30 June and 30 December, commencing on 30 December 2018.
The Notes are classified as Green Bonds1 (and rated BB by Standard & Poors and BB+ by Fitch).
The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to repay the £190 million bank loan incurred in February 2018 by the Company’s subsidiary Eurotunnel Agent Services Limited to purchase the G2 bonds and to finance capital expenditure in relation to the Group’s ElecLink project.
The Offering will leave the Group with a very strong financial position with the Eleclink project also being funded. BNP PARIBAS and Goldman Sachs International are the joint global coordinators and active bookrunners, and Deutsche Bank the joint bookrunner.
“The success of this operation is further proof of the confidence investors have in all of the Group’s activities. With these Green Bonds issue, Getlink has reduced again the average cost of debt.”
Jacques Gounon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group
- The Notes will meet the criteria of the current version of the International Capital Markets Association’s Green Bond Principles, as certified by DNV GL Business Assurance Services UK Limited
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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 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 Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, “MiFID II”); or (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive 2002/92/EC (as amended, the “Insurance Mediation Directive”), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II. 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.
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