Worldline announces the success of its inaugural € 500 million senior bond issuance
Bezons, September 11th, 2019 - Worldline (Euronext Paris: FR0011981968), the European leader in the payment and transactional services industry announces that it has priced its 5-year senior bond issuance for a total of € 500 million. The coupon is 0.25% and the yield is 0.35%.
The proceeds of the issue of the bonds will be used for the financing of the announced acquisition of the minority stake in equensWorldline. This issuance follows that of the € 600 million convertible bond issued on July 30th.
The bonds are rated BBB by S&P Global Ratings. The settlement date will be on September 18th 2019. The bonds will then be traded on Euronext Paris.
After AMF’s (Autorité des Marchés Financiers) approval, the prospectus will be available on the Company’s website (www.worldline.com) as well as on the AMF website (www.amf-france.org).
Eric Heurtaux, Chief Financial Officer of Worldline declared: “This transaction at very attractive terms finalizes the long-term financing of the acquisition of the equensWorldline minority stake. Combined with the convertible bond issued on July 30th, 2019, the overall acquisition financing has a negative cost for our company. This inaugural corporate bond transaction is an important milestone in the diversification of our funding sources and shows Worldline’s attractiveness in the debt markets.”
BNP Paris, JP Morgan and Natixis acted as Joint Global Coordinators.
Commerzbank, CM-CIC, Commerzbank, ING, MUFG and UniCredit acted as Joint Bookrunners.
Sandrine van der Ghinst
Worldline [Euronext: WLN] is the European leader in the payment and transactional services industry. With innovation at the core of its DNA, Worldline’s core offerings include Pan-European and domestic Commercial Acquiring for physical or online businesses, secured payment transaction processing for banks and financial institutions, as well as transactional services in e-Ticketing and for local and central public agencies.
Thanks to a presence in 30+ countries, Worldline is the payment partner of choice for merchants, banks, public transport operators, government agencies and industrial companies, delivering cutting-edge digital services.
Worldline’s activities are organized around three axes: Merchant Services, Financial Services including equensWorldline and Mobility & e-Transactional Services. Worldline employs circa 11,000 people worldwide, with 2018 pro forma revenue of 2.2 billion euros. worldline.com
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The Bonds have only been offered only by way of a private placement to institutional investors comprising, for the purposes of this press release, within the meaning of MiFID II. The Bonds may not be offered or sold to retail investors (as defined hereafter). No Key Information Document under PRIIPs (required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 (as amended, the "PRIIPs Regulation") has been and will be prepared and therefore offering or selling the Bonds or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the PRIIPS Regulation.
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