Successful Bond Issue by Groupe Fnac
Groupe Fnac announced today it has successfully completed its €650 million senior bond issue maturing 2023. The annual interest rate was set at 3.25%, below the initial price range.
This transaction, a first for the new Group following the acquisition of Darty, drew strong interest from more than 300 European investors and was heavily oversubscribed.
In April 2016, Fnac had set up a €750 million Bridge Loan for the Darty acquisition. The funds raised by this bond issue, as well as cash, will be earmarked to repay the Bridge Loan.
Early this week, the financial rating agencies issued their ratings for the new Group: BB from Standard & Poor's, and Ba2 from Moody's.
About Groupe Fnac - www.groupe-fnac.com: Groupe Fnac is a retailer of entertainment and leisure products and consumer electronics. A leader in France and a major player in the countries where it operates (Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, Qatar, Ivory Coast), Groupe Fnac had a multi-format network of 205 stores (including 125 in France) at the end of June 2016, plus e-commerce sites, including Fnac.com, ranked France's third most visited e-commerce site (more than 10 million unique visitors/month). A benchmark omni-channel player, Groupe Fnac's consolidated revenues totaled €3.876 billion in 2015 and it had more than 14,100 employees.
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There will be no public offering of the bonds. The bonds will be offered and sold only to qualified institutional investors in accordance with Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. No assurance can be given that the offering will be completed or, if completed, as to the terms on which it will be completed. This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe to securities in the United States or in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such offer or solicitation would be unlawful. The bonds have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act. The bonds may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.
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Source: Groupe Fnac via Globenewswire