AURELIUS SE & Co. KGaA Resolves on Issuance of Convertible Bonds
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AURELIUS SE & Co. KGaA Resolves on Issuance of Convertible Bonds
Munich, November 24, 2015 - The Board of Directors of AURELIUS SE & Co. KGaA ("AURELIUS" or the "Company"), with the approval of the Company's Supervisory Board, resolved today on the offer of senior, unsecured convertible bonds due 2020 (the "Bonds") with an aggregate principal amount of approximately €175 million, convertible into new and/or existing ordinary bearer shares with no par value (the "Shares") of the Company.
The Company intends to use the proceeds for pursuing investment opportunities in line with the business model, to fund share repurchases in line with its stated buyback programme and for general corporate purposes.
The Bonds will have an expected maturity date of 1 December 2020 (the "Maturity Date"), be issued at 100% of their principal amount with a denomination of EUR 100,000 per Bond and are expected to carry a coupon between 0.375% to 1.000% paid on an annual basis.
The Bonds will be initially convertible into up to 3.17 million Shares of the Company, representing up to 10.0% of the current share capital of the Company, by making use of the authorisation to issue convertible bonds and the conditional capital, under exclusion of the shareholders’ subscription rights. The initial conversion price is expected to be set at a premium of between 30.0% and 37.5% above the reference share price, being the volume-weighted average price on XETRA of Shares today. The interest rate, the total nominal amount, the total number of bonds, the initial conversion price and the conversion price premium are expected to be determined via an accelerated bookbuilding over the course of today and to be announced subsequently. The Bonds are expected to be issued by the Company on or about 1 December 2015.
The Company will have the option to redeem the Bonds at their principal amount (plus accrued but unpaid interest) in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Bonds at any time (i) on or after 22 December 2018, if the price of the Shares exceeds 130% of the then prevailing conversion price over a specified period or (ii) if 20% or less of the aggregate principal amount of the Bonds issued remains outstanding.
The Bonds will be placed privately solely with institutional investors outside the US in reliance on Regulation S under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as well as outside Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and any other jurisdiction in which such distribution would be prohibited by applicable law. It is intended for the Bonds to be included in the Open Market (Freiverkehr) segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
The Company has committed to a 3-month lock-up regarding further equity and equity-linked transactions, subject to certain customary exceptions.
Berenberg and UBS Limited are acting as Joint Bookrunners.
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In connection with any offering of the convertible bonds of Aurelius SE & Co. KGaA (the “Bonds”), BERENBERG and UBS Investment Bank (together, the “Joint Bookrunners”) and any of their respective affiliates acting as an investor for their own account may take up as a proprietary position any Bonds and in that capacity may retain, purchase or sell for their own account such Bonds. In addition any of the Joint Bookrunners or its affiliates may enter into financing arrangements and swaps with investors in connection with which such Joint Bookrunner (or its affiliates) may from time to time acquire, hold or dispose of Bonds. The Joint Bookrunners do not intend to disclose the extent of any such investment or transactions otherwise than in accordance with any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.
The Joint Bookrunners are acting on behalf of Aurelius SE & Co. KGaA and no one else in connection with any offering of the Bonds and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to clients of the respective Joint Bookrunners nor for providing advice in relation to any offering of the Bonds.