Stockmann to issue a EUR 85 million hybrid bond
Helsinki, Finland, 2015-12-10 15:45 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
STOCKMANN plc, Company Announcement 10.12.2015 at 16:45 EET
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Stockmann plc will issue a EUR 85 million hybrid bond. The coupon rate of the bond is 7.75% per annum. The bond has no maturity but the company may exercise an early redemption option earliest on 31 January 2020. The settlement date of the bond is 17 December 2015. The hybrid bond will strengthen Stockmann’s capital structure and it will also be used to pay down debt maturing in 2016.
“Demand for the hybrid bond, which was oversubscribed almost three times by Finnish and international investors, exceeded our expectations and we are very satisfied with the outcome. This is a clear signal from the market that Stockmann’s chosen strategic direction is the correct one. The hybrid bond also strengthens our financial flexibility in the current challenging market situation,” says Lauri Veijalainen, Stockmann’s CFO.
A hybrid bond is an instrument which is subordinated to the company’s other debt obligations and which is treated as equity in the company´s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with the IFRS. The hybrid bond does not confer to its holders the rights of a shareholder and does not dilute the holdings of the current shareholders.
Danske Bank A/S is acting as coordinator and Danske Bank A/S and Pohjola Bank plc as lead managers in the transaction. Roschier Attorneys Ltd acts as legal advisor to Stockmann.
Lauri Veijalainen, CFO, tel. +358 9 121 5062
Nora Malin, Director, Corporate Communications, tel. +358 9 121 3558
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Stockmann has not authorized the offering of the capital securities to the public in any member state of the European Economic Area (the “EEA”). All offers of the capital securities in the EEA will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Directive 2003/71/EC (as amended by Directive 2010/73/EU, the “Prospectus Directive”), as implemented in the member states of the EEA, from the requirement to produce a prospectus under the Prospectus Directive for offers of securities. The offer is only addressed to and directed at persons in member states of the EEA who are “qualified investors” within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of Prospectus Directive and the minimum size of the investment as well as the unit size is EUR 100,000. The expression an “offer to the public” in relation to any capital securities in any member state of the EEA means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and any capital securities to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase any capital securities, as the same may be varied in that member state by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that member state.
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