INEOS announces pricing of offering of Senior Secured Notes Due 2029
INEOS Holdings Limited today announced that its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, INEOS Finance plc, has priced its offering (the “Offering”) of senior secured notes due 2029 in two tranches: $725 million aggregate principal amount of 7.500% senior secured notes due 2029 and €850 million aggregate principal amount of 6.375% senior secured notes due 2029 (collectively, the “Notes”). INEOS Finance plc intends to use the proceeds from the Offering together with the proceeds from additional secured term loan borrowings in the aggregate principal amounts of $500 million and €425 million (i) to refinance €1,047.9 million aggregate principal amount of existing senior secured notes, (ii) to pay the purchase price of US$700 million for the acquisition of LyondellBasell’s ethylene oxide and derivatives business and the aggregate purchase price of €400 million for an INEOS affiliate’s and TotalEnergies’ cracker and derivative assets in Lavéra, France, (iii) for general corporate purposes, including to prefund Project ONE (being the INEOS Group’s major capital investment in Antwerp, Belgium, which was announced on January 14, 2019) and (iv) to pay transaction fees and expenses (collectively, and together with the Financing, the “Transactions”).
There can be no assurance that the Transactions described above will be completed.
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This press release is for information purposes only and does not constitute a prospectus or any offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security in the United States of America or in any other jurisdiction. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. The Notes will be offered in a private offering exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and will accordingly be offered only to: (i) qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (ii) certain persons outside the United States in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.
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The target market for the Notes is eligible counterparties and professional clients only, each as defined in Directive 2014/65/EU, as amended. The Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the EEA. For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of the following: (i) a “retail client” as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (as amended, “MiFID II”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive 2016/97/EU (as amended, the “Insurance Distribution Directive”), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (iii) not a “qualified investor” as defined in the EU Prospectus Regulation. Consequently, no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 (as amended, the “EU PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the EEA has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the EU PRIIPs Regulation.
The Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the UK. For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of : (i) a retail client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 2017/565 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“EUWA”); or (ii) a customer within the meaning of the provisions of the FSMA and any rules or regulations made under the FSMA to implement Directive (EU) 2016/97, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client, as defined in point (8) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA; or (iii) not a qualified investor as defined in Article 2 of the UK Prospectus Regulation. No key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the EUWA (the “UK PRIIPs Regulation”) for offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to retail investors in the UK has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the UK may be unlawful under the UK PRIIPs Regulation.
In addition, the Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available, and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available, in Belgium to any consumer (consument/consommateur) within the meaning of the Belgian economic law code (Wetboek van economisch recht/Code de droit économique), as amended from time to time.
This press release is not intended to constitute an offer or solicitation to purchase or invest in the Notes. The Notes will not be publicly offered, sold or advertised, directly or indirectly, in, into or from Switzerland within the meaning of the Swiss Financial Services Act (“FinSA”) and will not be admitted to any trading venue (exchange or multilateral trading facility) in Switzerland.
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