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Airbus Group SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR, the “Company”) launched today an offering of bonds for a nominal amount of up to € 500 million due 2022 (the “Bonds”), which will be convertible into fully paid new and/or existing ordinary shares of the Company (the “Ordinary Shares”). The Bonds will be offered by way of a private placement to qualified investors only.
The net proceeds of the bond issue will be used for general corporate purposes and will help optimise the financing costs of the Company and its subsidiaries and diversify its funding sources. This marks the Company’s first ever convertible bond offering.
The Bonds will bear a coupon of 0% and will be marketed with an issue price range of 100% to 102% of par, corresponding to an annual gross yield to maturity of between 0% and -0.28%. The initial conversion price is expected to be set at a premium of between 47.5% and 62.5% above the reference share price(1). The conversion price will be subject to customary adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Bonds.
Unless previously converted, redeemed or purchased and cancelled, the Bonds will be redeemed at par on 1 July 2022.
The Bonds will be issued in principal amounts of € 100,000 per Bond and may be redeemed prior to maturity at the option of the Company, under certain conditions.
The final terms of the Bonds are expected to be announced today and settlement is expected to take place on or about 1 July 2015 (the “Closing Date”).
It is intended that an application will be made for the Bonds to be listed and traded on the Open Market (Freiverkehr) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange within one month following the Closing Date.
Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking is acting as Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner, and BNP PARIBAS and HSBC are acting as Joint Bookrunners.
1) The reference share price will be the volume weighted average share price (VWAP) of the Ordinary Shares recorded on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris from the opening of trading on 26 June 2015 until the final terms of the offering are determined.
Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2014, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 60.7 billion and employed a workforce of around 138,600.
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. The information in this announcement is subject to change.
This announcement is not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States or to any U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the US Securities Act (as defined below)).
The distribution of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes, should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
This announcement does not constitute or form part of an offer to sell securities, or the solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for any securities, to or from any person in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan (or to, or for the account or benefit of, any such person or any U.S. person) or in any other jurisdiction in which, or to or from any other person to or from whom, such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "US Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons, absent registration or exemption from registration under the US Securities Act. Subject to certain exceptions, the securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada, Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada or Japan. There will be no public offer of the securities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or any other jurisdiction.
In member states of the European Economic Area, the Bonds are being offered only to qualified investors within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended, in accordance with the respective regulations of each member state in which the Bonds are being offered.
In the United Kingdom, this communication 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 are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (e) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons.
In addition, no offers or sales may be made in The Netherlands other than to qualified investors, as defined in the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht).
No action has been taken by the Company, the Joint Bookrunners (as defined below) or any of their respective affiliates that would permit an offering of the securities or possession or distribution of this announcement or any offering or publicity material relating to such securities in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this announcement comes are required by the Company and the Joint Bookrunners to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.
Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, BNP PARIBAS and HSBC (together the "Joint Bookrunners") are acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the offering. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the offering of the Bonds and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to clients of each Bookrunner or for providing advice in relation to the offering, the Bonds or any other transaction, matter or arrangement referred to in this announcement.
Each of the Company, the Joint Bookrunners and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
This announcement is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to subscribe or otherwise buy any security nor is it a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Any discussions, negotiations or other communications that may be entered into, whether in connection with the information set out herein or otherwise, shall be conducted subject to contract.
Acquiring investments to which this announcement relates may expose an investor to a significant risk of losing all of the amount invested. Each prospective investor should proceed on the assumption that it must bear the economic risk of an investment in the securities for an indefinite period. None of the Company or the Joint Bookrunners makes any representation as to (i) the suitability of the securities for any particular investor, (ii) the appropriate accounting treatment and potential tax consequences of investing in the securities or (iii) the future performance of the securities either in absolute terms or relative to competing investments. Persons considering making such investments should consult an authorised person specializing in advising on such investments. This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning the Bonds. The value of the Bonds can decrease as well as increase. Potential investors should consult a professional advisor as to the suitability of the Bonds for the person concerned.
In connection with the offering, the Joint Bookrunners and any of their affiliates, acting as investors for their own accounts, may subscribe for or purchase securities 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 Company or related investments in connection with the Bonds or the Company or otherwise. Accordingly, references to the securities being issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue or offer to, or subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by, the Joint Bookrunners and any of their respective affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. The Joint Bookrunners do 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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