The demand for securities reached EUR 1.1 billion, more than 4 times that of the initial offer made by Ence.
1 February 2013.- The bond issue of Ence Energía y Celulosa, amounting to EUR 250 million with an annual fixed interest rate of 7.25% maturing in 2020, was closed and paid today.
It should be noted that the bond issue was well received by the financial community as shown by the strong demand of securities received, which reached EUR 1.1 billion, 4 times that of Ence’s initial offer.
With these transactions, Ence is able to achieve the goal of diversifying and internationalising its sources of financing. In addition, the issue will allow the company to repay the existing corporate bank financing, expand its maturity profile, optimise the structure of its resources and increase its financial flexibility.
The issue was placed among international qualified investors by Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch (as the Lead Manager), Banco Español de Crédito, S.A., Bankia, S.A., Barclays Bank PLC, CaixaBank, S.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Limited (as Joint Bookrunners) and Banco de Sabadell, S.A. and Bankinter, S.A. (as Co-Managers).
Accordingly, within the framework of the issue, a loan agreement for EUR 90 million was also entered into today with a syndicate of banks formed by Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, Banco Español de Crédito, S.A., Bankia, S.A., Banco de Sabadell, S.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Caixabank, S.A., Citibank International PLC, London and Bankinter, S.A.
Ence Energía y Celulosa is the leading company in Spain in using forest biomass for the production of renewable energy and has an installed capacity of 280 MW for the generation of electricity. In addition, Ence, which exports almost 90% of its output, is the leading company in Europe and the fourth worldwide in the manufacturing of eucalyptus pulp. With a market share of more than 15%, Ence is the second largest company in eucalyptus pulp sales in Europe.
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