Air Liquide becomes one of the first European issuers on the “Panda” Chinese bond market
Air Liquide successfully completed a first bond issuance on the Chinese domestic market ("Panda") for an aggregate nominal amount of 2.2 billion Renminbi (approximately 280 million euros), becoming one of the first European companies to issue on this market. Air Liquide was already the first French company to issue bonds in Renminbi on the Hong Kong market ("Dim Sum") in 2011 and the first international one on the Taiwanese bond market in 2015.
This transaction was executed in two series via a private placement to Chinese institutional investors and bears coupons of 5.95% and 6.40% respectively for a 3-year and a 5-year maturity. The 5-yearissuance, the longest maturity ever achieved by a European company on the Panda market, reflects the long-term dimension of the Group's activities.
These bonds are being issued by Air Liquide Finance and guaranteed by L'Air Liquide SA, with the following principal characteristics:
- Nominal amount: 2.2 billion Renminbi, in two series
- Issuer: Air Liquide Finance
- Guarantor: L’Air Liquide SA.
- Terms: 3 and 5 years
- Format: Fixed rate
- Coupons (payable annually):
5.95% at 3 years (1,400 million Renminbi)
6.40% at 5 years (800 million Renminbi).
The proceeds of this issue will be used to finance new investments in China and to refinance debt related to previous investments in China. This new financing source contributes to the extension of the Group’s Asian investor base.
Fabienne Lecorvaisier, Executive Vice President, in charge of Finance commented, "This inaugural issue in the Chinese domestic market is a success. It is fully consistent with the Group’s intention to diversify its sources of financing on local bond markets and to pursue the development of its activities in China."