Sodexo issues 1.1 billion euro in bonds
Issy-les-Moulineaux, June 24, 2014 - Sodexo has completed today a 1.1 billion euro bond issuance structured in two tranches: 600 million euro maturing in 7.5 years and another tranche for 500 million euro maturing in 12 years. The transaction was significantly oversubscribed and mainly placed with European investors.
The average interest rate on the borrowing is 2.1%, with a 1.75% coupon on the 7.5-year tranche and a 2.5% coupon on the 12-year portion. It should be noted that Standard & Poor`s raised Sodexo`s rating from BBB+ to A- in February 2014.
This issuance follows the 1.1 billion U.S. dollar private placement transaction (USPP) in March 2014 (with maturities at 5, 7, 10, 12 and 15 years and at an average rate of 3.8%).
These transactions allow Sodexo to:
- in particular, refinance the euro bonds maturing in March 2014 and January 2015;
- significantly extend the maturity of its borrowings; and progressively reduce the cost of financial borrowings.
Founded in 1966 in Marseille by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 45 years of experience: from reception, maintenance and cleaning, to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and concierge services. Sodexo`s success and performance are founded on its independence, its business and financial model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 428,000 employees throughout the world.
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Source: Sodexo via GlobeNewswire