Continental Places First USD Bond Successfully
- Total volume of USD 950 million
- Proceeds to be used for early repayment of part of bank loans
- Term of 7 years, coupon of 4.5 percent
Within two days, the international automotive supplier Continental placed US dollar-denominated bonds in an aggregate principal amount of USD 950 million with qualified institutional investors in Germany and abroad. The bonds have a term of seven years. They will be issued by Continental Rubber of America, Corp., USA, and guaranteed by Continental AG and selected subsidiaries. The annual interest rate will be 4.5 percent and is substantially lower than the interest rate on the bonds issued by Continental in 2010. Interest will be payable semiannually in arrears.
"The significant oversubscription is another important sign of confidence in our performance," explained Continental CFO Wolfgang Schäfer. "With this step, we have taken advantage of the current positive capital market environment to cover our additional investments in the US through the debt capital market," Schäfer added. The proceeds will be used for early repayment of part of the term loan tranche of the outstanding syndicated loan that is scheduled to mature in April 2014. With that early step the company improves the maturity profile of its financial liabilities.
The bonds are expected to be traded on the open markets (Freiverkehr) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the stock exchanges in Hamburg and Hanover and will be issued on September 24, 2012. BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and RBS act as bookrunners for the offering.
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With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 169,000 employees in 46 countries.