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Schaeffler Holding adjusts refinancing structure
• Refinancing of Schaeffler Holding to be implemented in steps
• Bank consortium newly established
• Prepayment of bonds postponed
Schaeffler Holding announces that following the adjustment of the equity transaction the planned refinancing concept, which was announced on September 21, will be implemented in steps.
As a first step the existing bank facilities on Schaeffler Holding level of aggregated EUR 700 million (of which EUR 500 million term loans and EUR 200 revolving credit facilities) will be terminated and replaced by new bank facilities in the amount of EUR 800 million (of which EUR 600 million term loans and EUR 200 revolving credit facilities) with a maturity of five years.
It is envisaged to refinance the existing notes on the level of Schaeffler Holding at a later stage. Against this background the initially contemplated bridge loan facility is no longer required. The announced prepayment of the existing notes will be revoked.
Klaus Rosenfeld, Member of the Executive Board of Schaeffler Verwaltungs GmbH, said: "The adjustment of the transaction structure for the equity raising also requires an alignment of the envisaged refinancing of the Schaeffler Holding debt. The basic concept remains intact. It will be implemented in steps."
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