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ARD Finance S.A. Pricing of $2.2 billion equivalent ($/EUR) Financing

LUXEMBOURG, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ARD Finance S.A. ("ARD Finance") announces that it has priced the following transactions, totalling $2.2 billion equivalent ($/EUR):

  • EUR1,000 million of Senior Secured Toggle Notes due 2027, at a coupon of 5.000% and
  • $1,130 million of Senior Secured Toggle Notes due 2027, at a coupon of 6.500%, together the "Notes"

Net proceeds from the issuance and sale of the Notes will be used to redeem in full (i) the €845 million 6.625% Senior Secured Toggle Notes due 2023 and $770 million 7.125% Senior Secured Toggle Notes due 2023, both issued by ARD Finance and (ii) the Senior Secured 8.750% PIK Notes due 2023 issued by ARD Securities Finance SARL, and pay accrued interest and applicable redemption premia.

Paul Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Ardagh Group, said, "We are very pleased with the support we have received in this latest offering, in which we have reduced the average interest rate on debt at ARD Finance S.A., our holding company, from approximately 7.2% to 5.8% and extended maturities to mid-2027."

ARD Finance owns approximately 92% of Ardagh Group S.A. (ARD). Ardagh Group S.A. is unaffected by this financing. 

Ardagh Group S.A. is a global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging for the world's leading brands. Ardagh operates more than 50 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries across three continents, employing over 16,000 people, with sales of $7bn.

The offering of the Notes will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Regulation, as implemented in Member States of the European Economic Area, from the requirement to produce a prospectus for offers of securities. This announcement does not constitute an advertisement for the purposes of the Prospectus Directive.

The Notes have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any U.S. State security laws. Accordingly, the Notes are being offered and sold in the United States only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor will there be any sale of securities referred to in this announcement, in any jurisdiction, including the United States, in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, or an exemption from registration.

MiFID II professionals/ECPs-only/No PRIIPs KID – Manufacturer target market (MIFID II product governance) is eligible counterparties and professional clients only (all distribution channels). No PRIIPs key information document (KID) has been prepared as not available to retail in EEA.

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