- Additional launch of USD 500 million
- Further step towards implementation of hybrid programme
The RWE Group today took a further step towards implementation of the hybrid capital programme announced in August 2011. A USD hybrid bond launched in March 2012 for USD 500 million was increased by another USD 500 million. The security is aimed primarily at Asian investors in Hong Kong and Singapore. The current hybrid programme provides for a total volume of €2 billion equivalent. More than 90% of this volume has already been achieved.
The hybrid programme is part of the package of measures to improve the capital structure that the Group has been implementing step by step since 2011. This is RWE’s fifth hybrid bond emission. The Group used this financing instrument for the first time in 2010, when it launched a euro bond. This was followed by a Swiss franc bond (2011), a sterling bond (2012) and the now increased US dollar bond.
Hybrid bonds range between equity and debt and offer a higher coupon than senior bonds. The bond launched today matures in 2072, but RWE has the right to call, at the earliest in October 2017. The coupon amounts to 7.0% with an issue price of 101.63%. Joint lead managers are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Nomura.
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