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RWE issues hybrid bond in Switzerland

Subordinated bond of CHF 250 million / RWE uses market opportunities

(PresseBox) (Essen, ) RWE today successfully launched a hybrid bond with a volume of CHF 250 million, as part of a package of measures announced by the Group in August that are designed, amongst other things, to improve its capital structure. The bond has a nominal term of just over 60 years. It is aimed solely at investors residing in Switzerland and institutional investors and may not be called by RWE before April 2017. The bond has a coupon of 5.25% p.a. and an issuance price of 100 %.

The Group opted for this placement because the Swiss bond market offers currently a stable and attractive investment environment. As RWE Chief Financial Officer Dr. Rolf Pohlig said:

"We are pleased with the interest shown in the hybrid bond. It not only indicates that investors have faith in RWE, but also demonstrates our ability to respond flexibly to market opportunities." RWE's bond is the first hybrid bond launched by a German industrial enterprise on the Swiss capital market.

The hybrid bond is a mix of equity and debt and will improve the capital structure of the Group. "Despite the prevailing difficulties of the European market environment, RWE is proceeding with step-by-step implementation of the package of measures announced earlier in the year", added Rolf Pohlig. In addition, RWE has expanded its investor base with this bond.

Disclaimer

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