2016-11-29 | Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS today successfully issued a hybrid bond with a volume of EUR 500 million on the European capital market. The proceeds of the transaction are to be used for the financing of the planned acquisition of US-based chemical company Chemtura.
“The fact that the order books were multiple times oversubscribed shows that the capital market has also accepted our first hybrid bond extremely well and with an attractive coupon for LANXESS,” said Michael Pontzen, Chief Financial Officer of LANXESS AG.
The first hybrid bond ever issued by LANXESS has a term of 60 years and a coupon of 4.5 percent. It will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange in denominations of EUR 1,000 nominal value. The specialty chemicals company can exercise the first regular redemption option in June 2023. The hybrid bond is subordinate to LANXESS’ other financial liabilities.
“With the three bonds issued since September, we have quickly secured the financing for the planned acquisition of Chemtura. In line with our solid financing strategy, we were always focused on sustaining our investment-grade rating,” said Oliver Stratmann, head of Treasury and Investor Relations at LANXESS. The hybrid bond was designed in such a way that 50 percent is treated as equity by the rating agencies.
The transaction was supported by a bank consortium comprising J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.9 billion in 2015 and about 16,700 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 54 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.