Smiths Group plc today announces that it has launched and priced a dual-tranche dollar denominated offering totalling US$500m in senior notes (“the Notes”).
The Notes were priced yesterday in five and ten year maturities and the transaction is expected to close on 14 May 2009. US$250m was priced at a fixed coupon of 6.05% for five years and US$250m at a fixed coupon of 7.20% for 10 years.
Smiths Group plc will use the net proceeds from the Notes for general corporate purposes and to repay certain existing indebtedness of the Company including short-term borrowings drawn from its £660m committed revolving bank credit facility which remains available to the Group until June 2012.
John Langston, Finance Director of Smiths Group, said: “This successful bond issue, which was met with strong demand, fully delivers against our financing strategy to reduce our reliance on banking markets and to place long-term US$ denominated debt into our portfolio. It also marks a welcome return by the Group to the rated debt markets after an absence of 9 years. This new debt capital assists the Group in pursuing its corporate strategy over the medium to long term.”
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The securities offered have not been registered under the US Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the securities will be offered and sold only (1) inside the United States to Qualified Institutional Buyers in compliance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (2) outside the US in offshore transactions as defined under Regulation S under the Securities Act.
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