Continental Plans to Issue Last Bond in 2013 to Replace Outstanding Eurobond
- Bond issue of at least €500 million and a term of 3.5 years planned
- Proceeds to be used for early refinancing of the 6.50% bond issued in October 2010 which is to be redeemed early
Continental, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer and industrial partner, is planning to redeem its 6.50% bond issued in October 2010 early and to issue a new benchmark-sized Eurobond with a term to maturity of 3.5 years and with a volume of at least €500 million. "We want to use the current positive capital market environment as well as the momentum of our previous bond transactions to also early refinance the fourth bond issued in 2010," said CFO Wolfgang Schäfer and indicated that this shall be the last public bond issuance for this year. This is a further step to reduce interest cost and at the same time to further improve the maturity profile of the financial liabilities.
Once again, the new bond is to be issued under the debt issuance program and is to be placed with both institutional and private investors. The bond is to be issued by Conti-Gummi Finance B.V. in denominations of €1,000 and listed on the regulated market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The joint bookrunners for the transaction are J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Morgan Stanley and SEB.
In addition, Continental has called today the Eurobond (ISIN DE000A1A1P09) issued in October 2010 by Conti-Gummi Finance B.V. with a coupon of 6.50% and a nominal volume of €625 million for early redemption. This bond will be redeemed early on November 18, 2013, more than two years before its original maturity. The redemption price is 103.25%. The corresponding call notice has been sent today to the joint representative and the clearing system for notification to the bondholders.
Continental set up a debt issuance program with a total volume of €5 billion in May of this year. This enables Continental to respond even more flexibly to market developments and to place short, medium, and long-term bonds on the capital market quickly.
Continental already issued two Eurobonds under this program: a five-year bond with a nominal volume of €750 million and a coupon of 3% in July and a seven-year bond with a nominal volume of €750 million and a coupon of 3.125% at the beginning of September.
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With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, 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 175,000 employees in 46 countries.