Lanxess successfully issues €500 million hybrid bonds

Lanxess successfully issues €500 million hybrid bonds

9:12 AM, 3rd December 2016

COLOGNE, GERMANY: Lanxess AG has successfully issued a hybrid bond with a volume of €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 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 €1,000 nominal value. The speciality chemicals company can exercise the first regular redemption option in June 2023. The hybrid bond is subordinate to Lanxess’ other financial liabilities.

“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.

“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. The hybrid bond was designed in such a way that 50 percent is treated as equity by the rating agencies,” said Oliver Stratmann, head of treasury and investor relations at Lanxess.

The transaction is supported by a bank consortium comprising JP Morgan, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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