Saint-Gobain: Successful Launch of a Bond Offering: EUR 750 Million, 9 Year Maturity, Annual Coupon of 3.625%
PARIS, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain today set the terms of a 9 year bond issue for an amount of EUR 750 million with an annual coupon of 3.625%.
In a volatile economic environment Saint-Gobain took advantage of favourable conditions on the credit market: the orderbook totalled close to EUR 2.5 billion from over 230 investors. The transaction could therefore be completed within a short time with a higher issuance amount and improved pricing compared to the initial targets.
This bond issue, which will be used to finance the general corporate purposes of the group, enables Saint-Gobain to both lengthen the average maturity of its debt and optimise its average cost of funding.
The transaction underlines once again bond investors' confidence in the credit quality of Saint-Gobain after the 10 year euro bond issued in March 2012.
Saint-Gobain's long-term senior debt is rated BBB by Standard & Poor's and Baa2 by Moody's.
Barclays, Citigroup and HSBC, as well as Goldman Sachs International, Mizuho and Unicredit acted as lead managers for this bond issue.
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of more than €42 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 195,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit http://www.saint-gobain.com.
Analyst / Investor Relations Florence Triou-Teixeira +33-1-47-62-45-19 Vivien Dardel +33-1-47-62-44-29 Alexandra Baubigeat +33-1-47-62-30-93 Press Contact Sophie Chevallon +33-1-47-62-30-48 Susanne Trabitzsch +33-1-47-62-43-25
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