January 21, 2014
Bayer issues EUR 2 billion of bonds
Transaction comprises two-year floating-rate tranche and two EUR 750 million fixed-rate bonds with maturities of four and seven yearsLeverkusen, January 21, 2014 - Bayer is taking advantage of currently low
interest rates to raise debt capital on favorable terms. The Group today
successfully issued three Eurobonds with a combined volume of EUR 2 billion.
The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and possible
All the tranches were placed on attractive terms. The EUR 500 million two-year
floating-rate Eurobond was issued at an interest rate of 22 basis points over
three-month Euribor. The EUR 750 million four-year fixed-rate Eurobond carries
a coupon of 1.125%, and the EUR 750 million seven-year fixed-rate Eurobond
carries a coupon of 1.875%. The issuances met with exceptionally high demand on
the capital market and the order book was over 4 times oversubscribed.
Said Werner Baumann, CFO of Bayer AG: "The successful placement of these
benchmark bonds confirms Bayer's high standing on the capital market. We have
used our strong position as an issuer and the positive market environment to
improve our debt and liquidity structure."
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Commerzbank and Société Générale
arranged the transaction as active bookrunners. Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley
and UBS are passive members of the consortium.
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Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power.
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Group employed 110,000 people and had sales of ?39.7 billion. Capital
expenditures amounted to ?1.9 billion, R&D expenses to ?3.0 billion. For more
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