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Mülheim/Ruhr, November 25, 2015
Brenntag AG finalizes the successful placement of a US Dollar 500 million senior unsecured bond with warrant units due 2022
- Issue size of US Dollar 500 million
- Coupon of 1.875% per annum
- 45% premium over share price (VWAP)
- Maturity of 7 years
Brenntag AG (ISIN DE000A1DAHH0) has successfully finalized the placement of a bond with warrant units due 2022 (the "Units") with a final issue size of US Dollar 500 million and a coupon of 1.875% per annum (the "Offering"). The Offering was placed with institutional investors and significantly over-subscribed.
“The issued US Dollar bond with warrant units are a highly attractive funding instrument for Brenntag, perfectly matching our requirements. As a result of the Offering we achieve an even more diversified financing structure and a balanced maturity profile. We are very pleased with this successful issuance”, states Georg Müller, Chief Financial Officer of Brenntag AG.
The Units in a denomination of US Dollar 250,000 each are detachable into senior, unsecured US Dollar denominated bonds (the "Bonds") and unsecured Euro denominated physically settled warrants (the "Warrants"). With this specific debt instrument Brenntag AG benefits inter alia from attractive market opportunities for US Dollar funding. The proceeds from the Offering of the Units will be used for general corporate purposes including the financing of signed acquisitions.
The Bonds issued by Brenntag Finance B.V. and guaranteed by Brenntag AG will be issued with Warrants issued by Brenntag AG attached. The Warrants provide for the option to acquire ordinary registered no-par-value shares (Stückaktien) of Brenntag AG against payment of the exercise price per Warrant of EUR 236,027 in cash. The number of Shares per Warrant was initially fixed at 3,236.35. There are approximately 6.5 million Shares underlying the Warrants initially.
The coupon was fixed at 1.875% per annum payable semi-annually in arrear and the strike price per share was fixed at EUR 72.93, representing a 45% premium to the volume weighted average price of the Shares between launch and pricing. The Units and constituent Bonds and Warrants will carry a maturity of 7 years with the Warrants exercisable from 41 days post settlement until the 10th business day prior to maturity.
The Bond and Warrant components of Units may be split and detached from one another from settlement and re-attached thereafter. The Units, the Bonds detached from Warrants and the detached Warrants are expected to be admitted to trading on the Open Market segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Freiverkehr) upon application by Deutsche Bank AG.
The Offering was made exclusively to institutional investors outside the U.S. Pre-emptive rights of Brenntag shareholders were excluded. Settlement of the Units is expected to take place on or around 2 December 2015.
The Units and the constituent Bonds and Warrants will be unrated. None of the Issuer and Brenntag will request the Units and the constituent Bonds and Warrants to be rated by any rating agency.
BNP PARIBAS and Deutsche Bank AG have acted as Joint Global Co-ordinators and Joint Bookrunners in relation to the transaction; BofA Merrill Lynch, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Crédit Agricole CIB, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG and UniCredit Bank AG acted as Joint Bookrunners (together, the "Bookrunners").
The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. No prospectus will be prepared in connection with the offering of the securities referred to herein. The securities referred to herein may not be offered to the public in any jurisdiction in circumstances which would require the Issuer, Brenntag or the Bookrunners or any of their respective affiliates, or any person acting on behalf of thereof, to prepare or register any prospectus or offering document relating to the securities referred to herein in such jurisdiction.
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This announcement does not contain or constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, an offer or invitation to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities to any person in the United States, Italy, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan or in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended or the laws of any state within the United States or under the applicable securities laws of Italy, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, unless registered under the Securities Act or offered and sold in a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Subject to certain exceptions, the securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Italy, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Italy, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan. There will be no public offer of the securities referred to herein in the United States, Italy, Australia, Canada, South Africa or Japan.
The offer referred to herein when made in member states of the European Economic Area ("EEA") which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a "relevant member state"), is only addressed to and directed at persons who are "qualified investors" as defined in the Prospectus Directive ("Qualified Investors"). For these purposes, the expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in a relevant member state), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the relevant member state and the expression "2010 PD Amending Directive" means Directive 2010/73/EU.
In the United Kingdom, this announcement is directed only at, Qualified Investors (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order") or (ii) who fall within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, and (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This announcement must not be acted on or relied on (i) in the United Kingdom, by persons who are not relevant persons, and (ii) in any member state of the European Economic Area other than the United Kingdom, by persons who are not Qualified Investors.
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The date of admission of the Units, the bonds detached from warrants and the detached warrants to trading may be influenced by things such as market conditions. There is no guarantee that admission will occur and you should not base your financial decisions on the Issuer's or Brenntag's intentions in relation to admission at this stage. Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Persons considering making such investments should consult an authorised person specialising in advising on such investments. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the offering of the Units, the bonds detached from warrants and the detached warrants offering. The value of shares can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the offering relating to the Units, the bonds detached from warrants and the detached warrants for the person concerned.
Each Bookrunner is acting exclusively for the Issuer and Brenntag and no-one else in connection with the offering of the securities referred to herein. The Bookrunners will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to such offering and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Issuer and Brenntag for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for providing advice in relation to such securities, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
In connection with the offering of the securities referred to herein, each Bookrunner and any of its affiliates, acting as investors for their own accounts, may subscribe for or purchase the bonds and warrants or Brenntag shares and in that capacity may retain, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own accounts in such securities and any other securities of the Issuer, Brenntag or any related investments and may offer or sell such securities or other investments otherwise than in connection with the offering of the securities referred to herein. Each Bookrunner does not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligations to do so.
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