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11 Oct 2016

Sanef closes 12-year €300Mn bond issue with 0.95% coupon

Sanef closes 12-year €300Mn bond issue with 0.95% coupon

  • The 0.95% coupon is one of the lowest for companies with same rating in the last years.
  • The net proceeds will be used to repay existing short-term, higher cost debt.
  • This issue had an oversubscription of over 3x.

Sanef, the French company controlled by Abertis through a 52.55% stake in Holding d’Infrastructures de Transport (HIT), closed today a 12-year €300Mn public bond issue maturing in October 2028 and paying a coupon of 0.95%. This is one of the lowest costs in history for bonds issued at same term by companies with same rating. The issue was closed with an oversubscription of over 3x.

This is the second public bond issue carried out directly by subsidiary Sanef, after the issue in November 2015 of a €600Mn bond. Its net proceeds will be used to repay short-term, higher cost debt.

The issue allows the company to extend its debt’s maturity profile, deliver on its active balance sheet management strategy and illustrate the company’s ability to finance itself at attractive conditions and continue creating value for its shareholders.

During 2016, Abertis has completed debt refinancing deals –both corporate and on its subsidiaries– for close to €1,500Mn. Last May, Abertis closed a 10-year €1,150Mn bond issue maturing in May 2026, the biggest issue in the history of the company.