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SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT OF THE €300 MILLION NOTES OFFERING
Rexel, a global leader in the professional distribution of products and services for the energy world, has successfully placed €300 million of its 2.625% unsecured senior notes due 2024 (the "Notes").
The delivery and settlement and the listing of the notes on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange are expected to occur on or about March 13, 2017.
The Notes, which mature on June 15, 2024, will be callable as from March 2020. They will rank
with Rexel's senior credit facility and other senior unsecured notes. The Notes are expected to obtain the following ratings: Ba3 by Moody's (while Rexel's corporate rating is Ba2 with a stable outlook), BB- by S&P (while Rexel's corporate rating is BB with a stable outlook) and BB by Fitch (in line with Rexel's corporate rating with a stable outlook).
Rexel will use the proceeds of the issuance of the Notes, together with some available cash, to redeem all of the 5.250% senior US$ notes due June 2020 (the "2020 Notes") of which US$330,000,000 remain outstanding. Rexel expects to redeem the 2020 Notes on or about June 15, 2017. Rexel can elect not to redeem the 2020 Notes if it does not issue the Notes or if there is a material adverse change in financial markets.
This issuance will allow Rexel to enhance its financial structure by extending its debt maturity profile and reducing its overall cost of financing.
BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank acted as Joint Global Coordinators, and as Joint Lead Bookrunners for the offering. Merrill Lynch International, HSBC Bank plc and Natixis acted as Joint Bookrunners, and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., Crédit Industriel et Commercial S.A. and Société Générale acted as Co-Lead Managers.
Patrick BERARD, Chief Executive Officer, said:
"The success of this new seven-year note issuance confirms investor confidence in Rexel's business model and strategy. It will allow us to refinance the 5.250% notes issued in 2013 at a significantly lower cost.
This operation constitutes a further step in our continuous efforts to strengthen our balance sheet and reduce our cost of financing."
This document is not an offer of securities for sale nor the solicitation of an offer to purchase securities in France, in the United States or any other jurisdiction.
The securities described herein may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons unless they are registered or exempt from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under Securities Act and Rexel does not intend to make a public offer of its securities in the United States.
The offer and sale of the Notes in France will be carried out through a private placement in accordance with article L.411-2 of the French Financial and Monetary Code and other applicable laws and regulations. There will be no public offering in France
Rexel, a leader in the professional distribution of products and services for the energy world, addresses three main markets - residential, commercial and industrial. The Group supports its customers to be at their best in running their business, by providing a broad range of sustainable and innovative products, services and solutions in the field of technical supply, automation and energy management. Rexel operates through a network of some 2,000 branches in 32 countries, with more than 27,000 employees. The Group's sales were €13.2 billion in 2016.
Rexel is listed on the Eurolist market of Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker RXL, ISIN code FR0010451203). It is included in the following indices: SBF 120, CAC Mid 100, CAC AllTrade, CAC AllShares, FTSE EuroMid, STOXX600. Rexel is also part of the following SRI indices : FTSE4Good, STOXX® (STOXX® Global ESG Impact, STOXX® Low Carbon indices Global, Europe et EURO), Ethibel Sustainability Index Excellence Europe and Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe, in recognition of its performance in corporate social responsibility (CSR). For more information, visit Rexel's web site at
FINANCIAL ANALYSTS / INVESTORS
No communication and no information in respect of the offering by Rexel of notes described in this announcement (the "Notes") may be distributed to the public in any jurisdiction where a registration or approval is required. No steps have been or will be taken in any jurisdiction where such steps would be required. The offering or subscription of the Notes may be subject to specific legal or regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions. Rexel takes no responsibility for any violation of any such restrictions by any person.
This announcement is not a prospectus within the meaning of Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament ant the Council of November 4, 2003 as implemented in each member State of the European Economic Area and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU (the "Prospectus Directive").
This announcement does not, and shall not, in any circumstances constitute a public offering nor an invitation to the public in connection with any offer in any jurisdiction.
The offer and sale of the Notes in France will be carried out through a private in accordance with article L.411-2 of the French Financial and Monetary Code and other applicable laws and regulations. There will be no public offering in France.
With respect to the member States of the European Economic Area, other than France, which have implemented the Prospectus Directive, the Notes may only be offered under circumstances not requiring Rexel to publish a prospectus as provided under article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive.
This communication does not constitute an offer to the public in the United Kingdom. No prospectus has been or will be approved in the United Kingdom in respect of the Notes. The distribution of this press release is not made, and has not been approved, by an "authorized person" within the meaning of Article 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. As a consequence, this press release is directed only at persons who (i) are located outside the United Kingdom, (ii) have professional experience in matters relating to investments and fall within Article 19(5) ("investment professionals") of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotions) Order 2005 (the "Order") , (iii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) ("high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.") of the
Order or (iv) are persons to whom this communication may otherwise lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). The Notes are directed only at Relevant Persons and no invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such Notes may be proposed or made other than with Relevant Persons. Any person other than a Relevant Person may not act or rely on this document or any provision hereof. This press release is not a prospectus which has been approved by the Financial Services Authority or any other United Kingdom regulatory authority for the purposes of Section 85 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
This press release does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States, and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons, as such term is defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act ("Regulation S"), expect pursuant to an exemption from or in a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The Notes are being offered and sold only outside the United States to non-U.S. persons in "offshore transactions" as defined in and in accordance with Regulation S. Rexel does not intend to register any portion of the offering in the United States or to conduct an offering of securities in the United States.
The distribution of this document in certain countries may constitute a breach of applicable law. The information contained in this document does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan.
This press release may not be published, forwarded or distributed in the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan
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Source: REXEL via GlobeNewswire